ecision 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 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.
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.
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://twitter.com/msnbc/status/944571924503519232 …
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.
#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
.@joanwalsh was the first person to ever pay me to write, back when she was the editor of @salon. She is now my friend, my incredibly valued colleague and my documentary partner. She belongs on the air speaking, especially in times like these. We need progressive women's voices.
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.
Folks, on the#KeepJoanWalshcampaign, 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.