MSNBC Fires Staffer Over GOP Tweet
Network apologizes for suggesting Republicans would hate biracial ad
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2014 4:41 PM CST

(Newser) – Republicans scored an apology today from MSNBC over a tweet that the network later called "unacceptable," reports USA Today. The since-deleted tweet went out last night, with a link to a Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family. "Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family." Complaints started pouring in immediately, and the Republican National Committee said it would boycott the network and bar its staff from appearing there.

A statement today from MSNBC chief Phil Griffin called the tweet "outrageous and unacceptable" and said the staffer responsible had been fired, reports Mediaite. "I personally apologized to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended," he said, referring to RNC chief Reince Priebus. An RNC spokesperson said Priebus accepted the apology, adding, “We don’t expect their liberal bias to change, but we will call them out when political commentary devolves into personal and belittling attacks.”