Friday, February 26, 2016

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry walks off her weekend show because she was 'silenced' and says she won't be a 'token, mammy, or little brown bobble head'

Melissa Harris-Perry, Gladd.Org

Something is going on at MSNBC.  Melissa Harris-Perry is the same wacky off the charts Liberal she’s always been. 
But all of a sudden she’s in conflict with management?  Why?  What changed?  If she hasn’t, then maybe MSNBC is going in a different direction?   

Daily Mail reports MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has walked off her eponymous show, citing frustrations with the network's treatment and a loss of control over the program's content.

Harris-Perry, whose show airs on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to noon, is refusing to host this weekend after being sidelined for two weeks. 

In a letter to her colleagues published on Medium, she wrote that she was deemed 'worthless' by the network, and fought back by saying: 'I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.'

In a later interview with the New York Times, Ms. Harris-Perry clarified her comments and took the focus off her race.

She said: 'I don't think anyone is doing something mean to me because I'm a black person.'

Harris-Perry wrote that her show was 'effectively and utterly silenced' during the presidential election, and that she refused to return this weekend as MSNBC had requested.

She said: 'Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.' 

The political commentator, author, and professor at Wake Forest University also shared that she had been staying in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but failed to receive any communication from executives about contributing to MSNBC's coverage along the campaign trail.

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