Decision makers at MSNBC are taking a beating on Twitter after it was revealed late Friday night that they had fired longtime contributor Joan Walsh just days before Christmas.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, Walsh, confirmed her dismissal from the network, writing, "So it’s true: after 12 years on MSNBC, six on contract, I learned Friday night they are not renewing. I’ve given my heart and soul to the network, from the George W. Bush years through today. I’m proud of the work I did."
She later added that the firing came out of the blue.
"Yes, it’s Christmas weekend," she tweeted. "I was baking pies with my daughter, who is home for the holidays, when I got the news. It didn’t feel too good. But all of your support helps, a lot. I'm grateful to the people who have fought for me."
Walsh, who has a large following both online and since she was once an editor at Salon and The Nation, received a wave of support with #KeepJoanWalsh trending on Twitter, as the network was attacked for dropping the liberal commentator while still employing conservative Hugh Hewitt who inexplicably was given his own show.
So Twitter users lit MSNBC up.
You can read the tweets below:
Yes, it’s Christmas weekend. I was baking pies with my daughter, who is home for the holidays, when I got the news.… https://t.co/MOzuxdfw7v— Joan Walsh (@Joan Walsh) 1514040670.0
Hey @MSNBC, you keep that GOP mouthpiece & hack Hugh Hewitt, but fire Joan Walsh??? #KeepJoanWalsh— Kathryn Christiansen (@Kathryn Christiansen) 1514039270.0
Lemme get this straight. The same network that keeps Hugh effing Hewitt on the payroll fired @joanwalsh, one of its… https://t.co/BS6Ikya9xz— shauna (@shauna) 1514016440.0
Absolutely baffled by this decision from @MSNBC -- Joan is one of the sharpest political observers they have on air… https://t.co/wOC71KZrbt— Jonathan Cohn (@Jonathan Cohn) 1514039758.0
I guess NBC wanted to continue the 2016 tradition of ending the year by depriving a qualified woman of a job she earned. #KeepJoanWalsh— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid) 1514033155.0
#KeepJoanWalsh now trending. Apparently MSNBC has fired Walsh but no official word from the network. Working on com… https://t.co/TZSUBNwHPZ— Joe Concha (@Joe Concha) 1514041979.0
#KeepJoanWalsh She’s a trusted voice and a brilliant fighter for right. @joanwalsh we thank you https://t.co/eJyZVLrhmY— Citizen 1312 (@Citizen 1312) 1514040956.0
@joanwalsh @Salon It's incredibly short sighted to sideline voices like Joan's, especially now. Especially given th… https://t.co/nQWJC66ueG— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷)) 1514008587.0
Hey @MSNBC: firing @joanwalsh is a dumb decision, but there is an easy fix: whoever decided to fire her should be f… https://t.co/O3OK8YbSXS— Connor Ratliff (@Connor Ratliff) 1514008191.0
Folks, on the #KeepJoanWalsh campaign, it pays to go beyond naming a faceless media entity like @MSNBC - the person… https://t.co/xXvhIghn1A— Tom Watson (@Tom Watson) 1514045971.0