MSNBC Reverses Decision on Ousted Contributor Sam Seder

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After MSNBC faced backlash for its swift decision to cut ties with Seder, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reversed the decision by offering Seder his contributor role back and admitted to The Intercept that "sometimes you just get one wrong".

MSNBC on Tuesday fired Seder over a tweet he posted in 2009, and has since deleted, mocking Polanski's defenders: "Don't care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene".

"I appreciate MSNBC's thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes", Seder said in a statement, according to The Intercept.

Many journalists and left-leaning viewers decried the network's decision to keep Seder off the air, arguing that Cernovich - a far-right personality who has a long history of inflammatory remarks on social media in his own right - had taken the joke out of context with the aim of getting Seder fired. We made our initial decision for the right reasons - because we don't consider rape to be a amusing topic to be joked about.

Seder, host of the "Majority Report" podcast, said in a statement released by MSNBC on Thursday that he was glad the network ultimately sided with him.

"But we've heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not", Griffin said.

While he's "welcome" back on MSNBC, the network has not yet said explicitly whether it will renew his contributor contract, which is set to expire in February. "We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators".

But the decision was met with a negative reaction throughout the media world - and inside the halls of MSNBC.

Seder defended the tweet to MSNBC brass, but to no avail. I've had thousands of tweets since 2009. There was context for those tweets.

He added that more people need to be aware of Cernovich's tactics. "If they can't make that assessment, if making that assessment is a bridge too far, they have no value as a news organization", Seder told CNN.

Cernovich has yet to comment on the reversal.

- CNNMoney's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy contributed reporting.

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