NBC president Andy Lack and liberal commentator Joan Walsh, who was fired by MSNBC as a contributor and hired by CNN.
MSNBC executives were forced to watch in embarrassment as a laid-off employee Joan Walsh landed a new gig on CNN less than a day after her dismissal.
Walsh says she learned of the network of the decision on Friday–just three days before Christmas– when she was baking cakes with her daughter. Her followers showed their support for her with #KeepJoan Walsh code that rose on Twitter Saturday for CNN scooped her.
Tweets of affection for Walsh to continue to Sunday, combined with the vitriol aimed at MSNBC and warring NBC president Andy Lack for to let her go.
My husband and I will watch MORE CNN and MSNBC LESS. Sorry @hardball @HardballChris. A**y L**k is an idiot.
— Elisabeth DeMarse (@edemarse) December 24, 2017
“My husband and I will watch MORE CNN and MSNBC LESS. Sorry that @ @HardballChris. A**y L**k is an idiot,” Elisabeth DeMarse, the former CEO of business website TheStreet.com, tweeted.
Congratulations to my friend @joanwalsh on her move to @CNN – Great to see that CNN values her insight and voice, while shocking some MSNBC executives: https://t.co/xODP8tJK9u
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) December 24, 2017
“Congratulations to my friend @ joanwalsh on her move to @CNN – Great to see that CNN values her insight and voice, while shocking some MSNBC executives is not,” wrote the satellite-radio host Dean Obeidallah.
CNN is going to pick up a lot of viewers by hiring Joan Walsh. I am certainly one of them. @MSNBC is really screwing up bad.
— Grey_Obelisk (@Grey_Obelisk) December 24, 2017
“Thank god @CNN was smart enough to take advantage of @MSNBC stupidity, @joanwalsh is beautiful and we follow her to CNN, the New York theater producer Tom D’Angora tweeted.
Thank god @CNN was smart enough to take advantage of @MSNBC stupidity. @joanwalsh is beautiful and we follow her on CNN
— Tom D’Angora (@TomDangora) December 24, 2017
MSNBC is not immediately responded to a request from Fox News for comment on Sunday.
Commenters were also point out on Twitter the irony that conservative donors such as Hugh Hewitt, Nicole Wallace, and Peggy Noonan were still on the MSNBC payroll.
I think I will have to stop watching @MSNBC for the love of #HughHewitt & release #JoanWalsh! Buy-bye. Discrimination against women? You decide.
— LA (@FWLeila) December 24, 2017
MSNBC said that his paid employee list is reviewed annually and that while Walsh’s contract was not renewed, she is “an important voice” that is “absolutely still” welcome ” and would be invited to appear on the shows.
MSNBC has leaned heavily on opinionated commentators — usually facilitated by a stable liberal anchors — and the growing interest in the news to stimulate the rise in the primetime rankings, according to The New York Times.
@MSNBC’s ratings rose because of people like @joanwalsh. Keep hiring convervarives as @Ihughhewitt and that ratings will begin to decline. I will watch less.
— Anne Stephen❤️??☮ (@anne_stephen5) December 24, 2017
Still, the Times reports that the Shortage has ensured that the network is the mission of unfettered news gathering, despite all the critics who have said otherwise.
Nevertheless, some viewers will see Walsh’s shoot as part of Lack’s ongoing efforts to purge as many liberals as possible from MSNBC as he steers the network towards a position more in the middle.
A lack has come under fire over his close relationship with the disgraced former anchor Matt Lauer, who was fired almost a month ago after a complaint from NBC that he engaged in inappropriate sexual misconduct with a female staff member, starting at the Sochi 2014 Olympic games.
More questions have been raised about the Lack of his / her refusal to appoint an independent team of lawyers to investigate who at NBC knew about Lauer’s inappropriate behavior and when.