In the midst of a number of new hires and an apparent shift to the center right, some of MSNBC’s most diehard liberal fans are circulating petitions demanding the cable news network go back to its progressive roots.
The latest petition, hosted on Credo Action, urges network executives “Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.”
“NBC had troubling ties to Trump during the presidential campaign and gave the racist sexual predator a national platform.2 Now MSNBC, too, is tilting to the right. We need to let NBC executives know that there will be a sharp backlash if MSNBC becomes another platform for right-wing hate,” the petition reads.
The writer of the petition expresses frustration that in the light of “progressive shows…skyrocketing” in ratings, conservatives, or those with a history on right-leaning networks such as Fox News, like Nicole Wallace, George Will, Hugh Hewitt, and Greta Van Susteren have received contributor positions or their own shows.
The petition sets its sight on NBC President Andy Lack, who has been reportedly behind the programming changes.
“…Lack has pushed out Black and Brown talent including Melissa Harris Perry, Alex Wagner, Touré Neblett, Dorian Warren, Michael Eric Dyson, Adam Howard, Jamil Smith, Jose Diaz-Balart and Tamron Hall. In fact, Lack has a history of replacing Black on-air personalities wherever he goes,” the petition’s author alleges.