#KeepJoanWalsh Trends on Twitter
NBC Newsâ€™ MSNBC is drawing the Internetâ€™s ire for its separation from progressive Political Analyst Joan Walsh.
Walsh, also the National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, shared the news late Friday via Twitter. â€œWow. Iâ€™m overwhelmed,â€ she wrote. â€œI didnâ€™t expect this news to break tonight.â€Â
Wow. I’m overwhelmed. I didn’t expect this news to break tonight. I’ll have something to say in the morning. Just baked some pies with @NoraWD and now it’s time to sleep. Thank you all. xo
â€” Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 23, 2017
Early Saturday, Walsh elaborated. “So itâ€™s true: after 12 years on MSNBC, six on contract, I learned Friday night they are not renewing,” she wrote. “Iâ€™ve given my heart and soul to the network, from the George W. Bush years through today. Iâ€™m proud of the work I did.”
“Yes, itâ€™s Christmas weekend. I was baking pies with my daughter, who is home for the holidays, when I got the news,” she continued. “It didnâ€™t feel too good. But all of your support helps, a lot. I’m grateful to the people who have fought for me.”
Yes, itâ€™s Christmas weekend. I was baking pies with my daughter, who is home for the holidays, when I got the news. It didnâ€™t feel too good. But all of your support helps, a lot. I’m grateful to the people who have fought for me.
â€” Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 23, 2017
MSNBCâ€™s Joy Reid, host of AM Joy, noted that Walsh was the â€œfirst person to ever pay me to write.â€ She further advised that her â€œincredibly valued colleagueâ€¦ belongs on the air speaking, especially in times like these. We need progressive womenâ€™s voices.â€
.@joanwalsh was the first person to ever pay me to write, back when she was the editor of @salon. She is now my friend, my incredibly valued colleague and my documentary partner. She belongs on the air speaking, especially in times like these. We need progressive women’s voices.
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 23, 2017
It’s incredibly short sighted to sideline voices like Joan’s, especially now. Especially given the momentousness of next year’s anniversaries: the women’s march, the King and RFK assassinations … we need to be at full strength as media entities, and Joan belongs in the mix.
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 23, 2017
Other progressive voices and fans of the journalist quickly weighed in, criticizing the outletâ€™s decision:
Just heard @joanwalsh is out at MSNBC after 12 years. Merry Christmas! Their transformation into Fox News continues apace.
â€” Kate Harding (@KateHarding) December 23, 2017
â€” Suburban Guerrilla â„¦ (@SusieMadrak) December 23, 2017
I’m in shock another strong woman
Sent packing sounds familiar?
â€” Mistawillie (@mistawillie) December 23, 2017
@joanwalsh back during the Bush Administration, Matthews had a round table on torture. You were the only one that, visibly exacerbated, pointed out that torture was freaking illegal. Thatâ€™s when I fell for you, Joan. Head over heels.
â€” Art Reker (@Bigdillo) December 23, 2017
Then re-hire Joan Walsh.
â€” Connor Ratliff (@connorratliff) December 23, 2017
After work one day at @NFLFilms in 2010, I sat in the parking lot getting advice and encouragement from @joanwalsh. I was considering going write and produce for @MSNBC, and she helped me believe that I could do it. Seeing the network fire her now is disheartening, to be kind.
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 23, 2017
â€” Ari Melber (@AriMelber) December 23, 2017
â€” Kimberly Saavedra (@KamlakCenter) December 23, 2017
Bring her back and keep @joanwalsh on the air. Ridiculousness on display.
â€” Wonky Wonk (@wonky_wonk) December 23, 2017
You’re. Making. A. BIG. Mistake.
â€” Nicole Belle (@NicoleBelle) December 23, 2017
â€” Kimberly Costello (@KimCostello) December 23, 2017
Firing @JoanWalsh in the current climate is an outrage. If anything recent events should prove the importance of having womenâ€™s voices helping to frame the narrative #KeepJoanWalsh https://t.co/9T6OdxYfYI
â€” Mia Brett ðŸ‘¸ðŸ» (@QueenMab87) December 23, 2017
â€” Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 23, 2017
Lemme get this straight. The same network that keeps Hugh effing Hewitt on the payroll fired @joanwalsh, one of its smartest progressive women? Fix your shit, @msnbc. #KeepJoanWalsh https://t.co/00b094RSkh
â€” shauna (@goldengateblond) December 23, 2017
As NCRM has reported, 2017 has been a tumultuous year for progressives on MSNBC. Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, hired Megyn Kelly and gave Hugh Hewitt his own show. For quite some time, even Lawrence Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s future on the network was in question.
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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