MSNBC viewers on Tuesday threatened to boycott MSNBC if the network does not fire conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt after a report revealed that he had received special favors from embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
Politico reported on Monday that Pruitt "placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for 'immediate and intense' action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered a meeting between him and lawyers for the water district that was seeking federal help to clean up the polluted Orange County site."
New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro pointed out the ethical problems with MSNBC continuing to allow Hewitt to defend Pruitt on the air.
Um, it's not okay for a cable news contributor to ask the EPA administrator for favors like this and still be on TV… https://t.co/GCSBsU02uH— Michael Barbaro (@Michael Barbaro)1525749568.0
Viewers on Twitter agreed, and called on MSNBC to fire Pruitt.
@MSNBC needs to dump Hugh Hewitt like yesterday's garbage. He was a bad hire in the first place. Plenty of decent… https://t.co/OaWOdVLClo— 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙥𝙨 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 (@𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙥𝙨 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣)1525782094.0
#ChesireHack @hughhewitt @MSNBC never should have allowed this partisan hack to appear. https://t.co/OrUtvOFTwr— Dan Spence (@Dan Spence)1525782227.0
@MSNBC unload Hugh Hewitt https://t.co/Cg1uqfFiYa— Toni Hoelting (@Toni Hoelting)1525782282.0
MSNBC should fire Hugh Hewitt immediately. https://t.co/rArAd16q0z— Matt Murphy (@Matt Murphy)1525782400.0
MSNBC should never have hired the smug Hugh Hewitt in the first place. Do producers really think we want to see thi… https://t.co/1p45L3sgk5— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew)1525782453.0
@msnbc why do you continue to give a platform to this person? @hughhewitt is not only dead boring, he is deeply cor… https://t.co/H8Hcd4tCOC— Decca Doctor of Jurisprudence (@Decca Doctor of Jurisprudence)1525782555.0
Hey @MSNBC, maybe it’s time to get rid of @hughhewitt. Not only is he a hack, but now this. https://t.co/MsdjQ9bED4— Androo (@Androo)1525782797.0
@Lee_in_Iowa @acehanna54 @MSNBC Shameful #HughHewitt #MSNBC Get him off the air.— Allan Johnson (@Allan Johnson)1525783165.0
Fire Hugh Hewitt, now!!— Cheryl127017471 (@Cheryl127017471)1525790877.0
@AdamSerwer @CCLCatCam Why Hugh Hewitt has any sort of platform on @MSNBC remains unfathomable to me.— Kay Brizzie 🐎🌟🏹 (@Kay Brizzie 🐎🌟🏹)1525791092.0
Turns out that swamp monster #Pruitt had a little friend whispering in his ear and setting up meetings for him. Gue… https://t.co/STzveW4Hnt— Nick Walden Poublon (@Nick Walden Poublon)1525791103.0
@msnbc It's long past time to ditch Hugh Hewitt off your network. https://t.co/PMAXPYHNYu— Dr. Vicki Hayes (@Dr. Vicki Hayes)1525791316.0
Hey @MSNBC @LackAndy why do you continue to employ Hugh Hewitt when he is using your platform for unethical purpose… https://t.co/MQMDPWxWYN— Stephen A. Rhodes (@Stephen A. Rhodes)1525791475.0
OK @MSNBC you can officially stop putting @hughhewitt on the air https://t.co/70WdwAXg9Q— Ike Barinholtz (@Ike Barinholtz)1525792849.0