The content of a recent post published to MSNBC’s Twitter page caused serious backlash from the public–even long after the cable news network deleted the text and accompanying video.
“Does it count as a police chase if you drag the cop along for the ride?” the post wondered.
Just below, a video depicted a black suspect driving away from a traffic stop with the officer being dragged behind the car. Adding insult to injury, the video used what some described as “comical music” as a soundtrack to the potentially deadly incident.
As anti-police sentiment remains high in cities across the U.S., many critics deemed the post irresponsible and inappropriate for a news outlet – even one as objectively biased as MSNBC.
The video and post have since been removed; however, the backlash remains as several sources secured a screenshot of the offending post. A subsequent apology calling the deleted content “inappropriate” was not enough to appease opponents.
Several referred to the apology as insufficient, with one asserting that the network’s “hatred of law enforcement is loud and clear.”
One Twitter user, though undeniably critical of the network’s decision to post the video, wondered if a retraction was needed.
“Why pull the tweet?” the user wondered. “It’s not like anyone follows them & those who do totally agree with this type of tasteless rhetoric.”
Libertarian author Wayne Allyn Root joined in the denunciation by referring to MSNBC as a group of “disgusting, revolting, filthy cop haters” who should be taken off of the air.
“Enough,” he wrote. “Boycott all MSNBC advertisers.”
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