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. 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.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 23, 2017
msnbc hires right-wingers peggy noonan and hugh hewitt as it pushes out more of its progressives like joan walsh. theyve done this before and it was always stupid.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 23, 2017
— Kathryn Christiansen (@kchris54) 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
— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 23, 2017
So the "progressive" network fires a brilliant voice like Joan Walsh, yet gives entire shows to sexist pricks like Joe Scarborough, Chris Matthews, and Hugh Hewitt. Nice. #KeepJoanWalsh
— Dakota (@dakota_neff) December 23, 2017
Hey MSNBC what’s up with the firing of Joan Walsh u keep Hugh Hewitt and you fire one of the most intelligent woman on your show,did trump stick his dick in the mouth of MSNBC, are u trending towards Fox News, well back to CNN. FVCK YOU MSNBC. https://t.co/thnDN79fZp
— Eleanor Pray (@fupumpkinhead) December 23, 2017
I’m retweeting all the #KeepJoanWalsh tweets because I’m flabbergasted by @MSNBC’s action. Joan is one of the sharpest commentators of American politics. Her combination of reporting and analysis offers us indispensable insight. Baffling to fire her.
— Sam Bagenstos (@sbagen) December 23, 2017
Absolutely baffled by this decision from @MSNBC — Joan is one of the sharpest political observers they have on air, and her voice is especially vital at this moment. #KeepJoanWalsh https://t.co/7foDPYX6LN
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) December 23, 2017
I guess NBC wanted to continue the 2016 tradition of ending the year by depriving a qualified woman of a job she earned. #KeepJoanWalsh
— Hermione Manger (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 23, 2017
#KeepJoanWalsh now trending. Apparently MSNBC has fired Walsh but no official word from the network. Working on comment. On a side note, she was exceptionally nice to my daughter in a 30 Rock green room last year & seems to have lots of support from peers on this one. Stay tuned
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 23, 2017
— Tracy Daniels (@Daniels4197) 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.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 23, 2017
Then re-hire Joan Walsh.
— Connor Ratliff (@connorratliff) December 23, 2017
Folks, on the #KeepJoanWalsh campaign, it pays to go beyond naming a faceless media entity like @MSNBC – the person we want to reach is President #PhilGriffin. It's his decision to make. Switchboard is 212-664-4444. pic.twitter.com/g6uUcHA8lo
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) December 23, 2017