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Priebus Calls for GOP Boycott of MSNBC Over Cheerios Tweet.

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is calling for a boycott of MSNBC unless its president apologizes for a Twitter message the network posted slamming Republicans over Cheerios’ new advertisement featuring a biracial family.

“Unless you personally and professionally apologize for this behavior, I have banned [Republican National Committee] staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC,” Priebus wrote in a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin Thursday.

The video shows a biracial family discussing the heart benefits of Cheerios.

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The MSNBC tweet, which read “Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” drew outcry shortly after it was posted on MSNBC’s account late Wednesday.

Shortly after it was posted, the network backtracked, tweeting an apology and saying the live tweet had been removed.

In the first tweet, MSNBC says it regrets the tweet:

One minute later, the network apologizes:

And Executive Editor Richard Wolffe also chimed in, tweeting:

But the tweets over the Cheerios ads come just weeks after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson.

In addition, host Martin Bashir was forced to resign after calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “world-class idiot” and suggesting she receive the same “disgusting” treatment given to slaves as described in a slaveholder’s diary.

Also, the network fired Alec Baldwin in November after he made a gay slur against a photographer on the street.

Priebus said Thursday that the network’s statements and its stars are showing a “pattern of behavior.”

“Sadly, such petty and demeaning attacks have become a pattern of behavior at your network,” Priebus wrote. “With increasing frequency, many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans — especially conservative and Republican Americans — without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue.”

Priebus said he enjoys appearing on “decent shows” such as “Morning Joe” and “Daily Rundown,” but said MSNBC is “poisoned” because of its recent behavior.

Cheerios’ newest 30-second ad, which is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, is a follow up to a spot for the cereal company last May, featuring Grace “Gracie” Colbert as the young daughter of an interracial couple. In the newest ad, little Gracie uses her dad’s announcement that she is getting a baby brother to lobby for a new puppy.

The first advertisement received so many racist comments after it was posted on YouTube that General Mills, which makes Cheerios, pulled down the comment section for the video.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

I Support A&E’s Right to Censor Phil Robertson—But …

Ron Cantor
Ron Cantor

Yesterday Sarah Palin said as only she can, “Free speech is an endangered species; those ‘intolerants’—hatin’ and taking on Duck Dynastypatriarch for voicing personal opinion, take on us all.”

This was in response to A&E’s decision to censure the chief duckman for controversial, even if biblical, comments on homosexuality (and bestiality, adultery and more). They have indefinitely suspendedPhil Robertson from his top-rated reality cable show,Duck Dynasty.

Conservative, duck hunters, Christians and (secretly) some liberals who can’t resist the charm of the Robertson family are stunned. Many are crying, “Censorship” and “Protect free speech.”

However, in our democracy, freedom of speech has to do with the government censoring speech—not the private sector. In other words, President Obama, who is probably not a fan of the duck-shooting, Bible-thumping Robertsons, cannot call up A&E and demand that they remove Phil Robertsonbecause of his speech. That would be illegal. Congress cannot pass a law making it illegal to speak against the act of homosexuality. That would cross the First Amendment.

However, businesses are free to fire and hire people based on such things, and it happens every day. And to be honest, the language that Robertson used in his GQ interview was so graphic that I have to wonder if he was trying to get fired.

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“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Before I comment, let me be clear. I love Duck Dynasty, have seen every episode and I actually agree with the papa duck’s quote. It is simply way too explicit. And as a pastor, it simplifies male-on-male attraction to body parts. I would guess that even those who work with homosexuals seeking to leave the lifestyle would be shocked at these comments.

As a pastor who has ministered successfully and unsuccessfully to those engaged in homosexuality, his comments hardly describe the problem. Sounds great for a soundbite, but lacks the compassion or understanding that would invite someone who has been raped or molested, as a child, to seek freedom.

Getting back to the topic—is this an attack on freedom of speech? The answer is no. Let’s suppose that I owned an entertainment business where I had a very successful reality show—a show that was clean cut and attracted millions of viewers. And it was discovered that one of the characters had gone on record strongly advocating open marriages, whereby his wife allowed him to sleep around. It is not illegal, but it is clearly immoral. Should I not be able to fire him? Absolutely I should! And if anyone cried “Freedom of speech!” they would be wrong.

What if a pastor’s secretary went on Facebook and proclaimed that she was in favor of gay marriage. Should she not be let go? (Assuming the church is not in favor of gay marriage!)

Freedom of speech does not equal a guaranteed job! Ask Charlie Sheen. I don’t recall conservatives and Christians crying out that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired from the hugely successful and grossly immoral Two and a Half Men. Sheen publically, verbally attacked the show’s producer and he was fired. Did he sue? No. It is perfectly legal to fire people from T.V. shows for their comments.

Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin, two left-wing pundits, were recently fired from MSNBC (Bashir only after intense public outrage) for comments they made. Big Brother contestants were let go for racist statements.

What Can I Do?

As fans of the show who feel helpless, how can we react? Great question! Being a democracy, there is so much we can do. Make no mistake: Their decision to discipline Phil Robertson has nothing to do with his views on homosexuality—this is not the first they learned of how he views male/male relationships. This judgment call on behalf of A&E is about money. They feel it is in their best interest financially to suspend Phil Robertson. It is up to you to change their perspective. They need to understand that this is not in their financial best interest.

1. Stop watching anything on A&E. Now, for those of you who think Honey Boo Boo has any redeemable value, this may be hard. But if A&E feels the pinch in their ratings, they may change course.

2. Go on Facebook and Twitter and say that you will not watch A&E until they reinstate Phil Robertson.

3. Find out the names of the top 10 advertisers on A&E and refuse to use their products.

4. Contact those sponsors and inform them of your decision. Post on their Facebook page and use hashtags on Twitter with the name of their products.

5. Take the information from #3 and tell everyone you know—use social media.

This is how we get things done in America. The only reason A&E caved is that the LGBT community is very, very loud. Be louder. While I support A&E’s right to hire or fire Phil Robertson, I don’t agree with it, and I will let people know!

Having said that, let’s keep in mind that the Big Duck himself may be the least concerned. I mean, he just blew off Barbara Walters to go duck hunting. My guess is that when he heard he would not be on the next few shows, he probably said, “Great. I goin’ hunt’n!”



Ron Cantor is the director of Messiah’s Mandate International in Israel, a Messianic ministry dedicated to taking the message of Jesus from Israel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Cantor also travels internationally teaching on the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua, a Hebrew-speaking congregation in Tel Aviv. His newest book, Identity Theft, was released April 16. Follow him at @RonSCantor on Twitter.

MSNBC’s Bashir Wins ‘Worst Reporting’ Award for Palin Rant.

By Bill Hoffmann

The Media Research Center has announced its 26th annual awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting, with former MSNBC host Martin Bashir taking top honors for his rant against Sarah Palin.

“It’s a huge ballot to go through every year, so many quotes,” Rich Noyes, director of media analysis for the center, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newmax TV.

“And yet it seems to get more extreme every year,” Noyes said Wednesday.

But nothing was as extreme as Bashir’s potty-mouthed remarks against the former Alaska governor and running mate of John McCain — words that got him fired.

The controversy began when Bashir played a video of Palin speaking to Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition in which she compared the United States’ national debt to slavery.

Bashir read from the diary of British overseer Thomas Thistlewood, who described an inhumane punishment inflicted on a slave involving human waste.

“When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance,” Bashir said. “She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”

Bashir later issued a groveling apology, stating on the air: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said. “My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate nor fair.”

He was dismissed by MSNBC.

Media Research Center president and founder Brent Bozell said of Bashir’s axing:

“Good riddance to another nasty little cog in the liberal media hate machine . . . [He earns] a permanent place in MSNBC’s pantheon of disgraced so-called ‘journalists.'”

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Palin: ‘Read My Lipstick:’ Budget Deal Bad.

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By Lisa Barron

Sarah Palin is lashing out at the controversial Ryan-Murray budget deal that passed by a large margin in the House but faces a tough battle on the Senate floor next week.

“No one can argue with the fact that Paul Ryan’s compromise budget bill raises taxes and increases spending. Show me one Republican who got elected on that platform,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote in an editorial posted online at Thursday.

“Spare America the Orwellian word games. If the government is taking money out of your pocket to fund its growing Big Brother operations, it’s a tax. Whether money is taken from you via your phone bill, your airline ticket, or your income, it’s a tax. If politicians can’t be honest about this, it’s time to go home,” she said.

The budget compromise funds a slight increase in spending through a fee on air travel, a change to cost-of-living increases for future military retirees, and a requirement for federal workers to pay more into their pensions.

In her commentary, titled, “Read My Lipstick: No New Taxes,” Palin argued, “We can sit back and accept the increased spending ‘Compromised Plan’ with increases in taxes and spending, or we can charge ahead to at least preserve the very modest Sequester cuts American workers fought for.”

She continued, “The Political establishment will no doubt tell us that a budget battle will distract us from the fight against Obamacare. But that excuse is just the latest variation in the Establishment’s old canard that they’re keeping their powder dry for the next big battle, which never seems to materialize because they’re always too busy waving the white flag and following the path of least resistance until election day.”

“Do these members of Congress really think they can justify every tax dollar they spend and still demand more from hard working Americans?” Palin added.

In a warning to incumbents facing reelection in 2014, Palin concluded, “We’ll be watching.”

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Palin: Accepts Bashir’s Apology, Will ‘Move On’.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said her role is to accept the apology of MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir, and move on after his crude verbal on-air attack.

“My role is to accept his apology, and be humble enough to accept it, and move on,” Palin told “Fox & Friends” Thursday, in her first public response after MSNBC announced Bashir’s resignation Wednesday.

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The network originally suspended Bashir after comments he made Nov. 15 calling Palin a “world class idiot.” He also made a reference to disgusting punishment given slaves, suggesting Palin should receive the same treatment. Bashir issued an apology a few days after making the remarks.

Palin, who was also the Republican 2008 vice presidential candidate, said she hopes attacks such as Bashir’s don’t “make people hesitate” from taking a chance and getting involved.

“I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don’t result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena, anyway — to get out there and serve the public or start a business or really commit themselves to changing within their family, their community, their world, doing whatever that they can,” Palin said.

The positive side of the issue was the media response calling for an emphasis on higher standards, Palin said.

“It was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look, our standards have got to be higher than this. Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken,'” she said.

From years in the public spotlight, Palin said she was “used to it,” but that verbal attacks represented “a sad state of affairs.”

“Now, I look at it as kind of par for the course,” she said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Sarah Palin and the Hypocrisy of Secular Feminism.

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

When Sarah Palin was vilely and viciously attacked by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, the secular feminists were eerily silent, affirming once again their political and social agendas trump any concern they may have for women.

If they were really “for women,” per se, they would have been the first to come to the defense of Palin, who has achieved the sort of success organizations like NOW (National Organization for Women) claim to advocate for women. She has served successfully as mayor of a city and governor of a state. She and her husband partner together in running a successful business, and she was chosen as the Republican vice presidential candidate for the 2008 presidential elections.

This being the case, shouldn’t the feminists be celebrating Sarah Palin? Why are they so glum about Palin? The obvious answer is that Palin does not fit into their secular, socialist, non-Christian worldview. She marches to the beat of a different drummer. She is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, and she is pro-life. She believes marriage is between one woman and one man, and she advocates for personal responsibility and smaller government. All these things are anathema to secular feminists, and they have gone out of their way not only to be silent when Palin is attacked but to verbally attack Palin themselves.

The well-known feminist Gloria Steinem, for example, accused Palin and women like her of “selling out” the women’s movement. This statement, however, shows the smallness of Steinem’s thinking, in that she would narrowly define the women’s movement in terms of her own organization and others like it. Much to her chagrin, there is a women’s movement taking place outside of NOW that Steinem and those like her would prefer to ignore.

In the political arena, it is happening with devout Christian women like Palin, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and a host of others. That these women are either ignored or opposed by secular feminists is why NOW should change its name to reflect who it really is. A more honest name and reflective of reality would be something like “National Organization for Socialist, Secularist Women.”

This new women’s movement the secular feminists so disdain is centered in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work. The women of this new movement are discovering Jesus Christ is, in fact, the great emancipator of women through His life, death and resurrection. They are discovering Jesus treated women with dignity and respect and welcomed them as His disciples.

I recall speaking to a group of sad, depressed women in Bulgaria near the Macedonian border. They had been excommunicated from their church and physically beaten by their husbands because of their passionate commitment to follow Jesus. As they told us their story through an interpreter, there was much weeping.

When it came time for me to speak, I turned in my Bible to Luke 8 and read about the women who had left everything to follow Jesus. I showed how these women traveled with Him from village to village and followed Him all the way to Jerusalem. I pointed out that Jesus did not tell them—even the married ones—to go home but allowed them to set their own priorities and make their own decisions to follow Him. “The most important thing anyone can do is follow Jesus,” I told them. As I spoke, those Bulgarian women saw Jesus’ acceptance and affirmation of them in a way they had never seen before, and they proceeded to drown out my voice with their shouts of joy and praises to God.

Indeed, there was a large company of women who followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem and were there observing His crucifixion and burial (Luke 23:49, 55). It was one of these women, Mary Magdalene, whom He honored by appearing to her first after His resurrection and commissioning her to be the first preacher of the Good News of His resurrection (Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18). In other words, Jesus required that His male disciples hear the initial news of His resurrection from the mouth of a woman. He was obviously making a very important statement by that purposeful act.

The women of this new movement are also discovering that Paul, when understood in the historical context of his day, did not confine or restrict women but showed great respect and deference for their gifts and callings. In the same way, John Wesley, when challenged as to why he commissioned ignorant laypeople, including women, to preach and teach, replied, “Because God owns them in the saving of souls, and who am I to withstand God?”

If the church had taught what the Bible actually says about women, there probably would never have been a “feminist” movement. In her book In the Spirit We’re Equal, Susan Hyatt has documented how the roots of the modern feminist movement can be traced to devout Christian women and men in the 19th century who began a push for equal rights for women, including the right to vote. This came at a time when it was controversial for women to even pray in public. These early “feminists” took the Bible as their guide and covered their activities with prayer. Over time, however, this movement lost its way and moved away from its Christian beginnings into secularism and materialism, and it morphed into the modern feminist movement as we know it today.

It is time for the church at large to rethink its theology about women and their role in the church and society. But first, many will have to rid themselves of the fear of being accused of being influenced by feminism. “The chuch is too feminine,” some will complain. This is the boogey bear that traditionalists use to try and intimidate churches and pastors from fully embracing the gifts and callings of their female members. This fear must be cast aside, and the work of the Holy Spirit in both men and women must be fully embraced so that the entire body of Christ can be mobilized. This is of utmost importance, for this new women’s movement could well be the key for true revival in the churches of our land and the key to reaching the Muslim world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.



Eddie L. Hyatt is a board member of God’s Word to Women, an organization that is lifting the status of women around the world by teaching them their equal standing and status in Jesus Christ. His website is The website for God’s Word to Women is

Politico: MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Suspended for Palin Remarks.

Image: Politico: MSNBC's Martin Bashir Suspended for Palin Remarks

By Greg Richter

Television commentator Martin Bashir has been suspended for remarks he made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah PalinPolitico reports

But MSNBC, the cable news channel that airs Bashir’s self-titled program, says he is “on vacation.”

Bashir was off last week during Thanksgiving, but did not return to the air Monday. Guest host Joy Reid sat in for him.

Politico’s Dylan Byers reported that network sources had told him Bashir was under temporary suspension after making crude remarks about Palin on his show Nov. 15. After a weekend of criticism, Bashir led his Nov. 18 show with an apology.

Palin accepted the apology, but conservatives demanded some form of punishment for Bashir, especially after the cable channel handed down a two-week suspension to host Alec Baldwin for making a gay slur to a photographer who approached his wife and baby.

Baldwin joined that call, saying his own remarks were made off-the-cuff and not on the air, while Bashir’s were scripted and delivered during his program.

Baldwin’s show has since been canceled. He denies using a gay slur.

MSNBC spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski would not confirm to Politico Bashir’s suspension, saying in an email, “He’s still out on vacation.” She did not respond to a question about when Bashir would return.

Bashir’s original remarks were a response to Palin’s comparing the United States’ debt to China to slavery. He called her a “world-class idiot” before describing the inhumane treatment a certain slave owner had used and suggesting Palin be given a dose of the same treatment.

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