It took just over one-third of a day for Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus to back down on his edict forbidding members of his organization from appearing on MSNBC in response to a tweet implying that Republicans would not approve of the new Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial family. Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night Preibus announced that in light of a prompt apology from the network he was placing them on “probation.”
Hannity, true to form came out swinging, gleefully denouncing the network for its long history of intolerance and race baiting and seemed genuinely surprised at the response from Preibus.
“…If anybody disagrees with President Obama, he pretty much will label them a racist. That is standard operating procedure there,” he said after playing a montage of rapid fire one line comments out of context from MSNBC hosts.
Preibus began by agreeing, “it is pretty disgusting stuff. And maybe you’re right. Maybe it took too long.”
He then went on to say that although he was himself the target of some remarks made by these commentators he believed that the apology from MSNBC boss Phil Griffin was sincere and that for now he would retract his prohibition on members of the party appearing on a probationary basis.
The truth is that Preibus, after having garnered a little attention and goading Griffin into calling personally to apologize, was likely looking for a way to save face and not appear as powerless as he really is when the next Republican accepted an invitation to appear on one of the network’s programs. He is well aware that he really never had the authority to stop anyone from doing so, by declaring the network to be on probation, he hopes to not seem quite so foolish when the inevitable occurs.
Watch his remarks in the video below.