On Thursday, MSNBC announced that it would reverse its decision to dump far-left contributor Sam Seder over a Twitter joke he wrote about Roman Polanski years ago. That tweet stated, “Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene.” Seder himself said that the tweet was intended to target Polanski — it was a joke about the willingness of Hollywood to rehabilitate a man convicted of rape of a minor. Alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich led the charge to have Seder ditched from MSNBC.
Seder never should have been pushed off MSNBC, of course. But in the outrage culture perpetuated by the Left, in which people routinely have their careers and lives destroyed over minor Twitter jokes, Seder was merely collateral damage. MSNBC was wrong to fire Seder, and they’re right to hire him back.
I appreciate MSNBC's thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes. We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators. I'm proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right.
MSNBC head Phil Griffin likewise announced:
Sometimes you just get one wrong -- and that's what happened here. We made our initial decision for the right reasons -- because we don't consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about. But we've heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward.
Seder later posted a video, explaining, “I know you want to avoid controversy, you can’t do that in this day and age. If you try and run from something like this, you’re picking a side.”
Perhaps the Left will remember that the next time they decide to pillory someone with out-of-context tweets and willfully misinterpreted comments.
But that’s doubtful.