Calls for MSNBC to Apologize Grow


Ken Shepherd of NewsBusters:

"Gallagher deserved an apology for Roberts's unprofessional antics and baseless accusations. She didn't get one and perhaps is one to let the slights roll off her back. That's her prerogative, but we reserve the right to call Roberts on the carpet for his breach of journalistic integrity."

Christopher Santarelli of The Blaze:

"Roberts is tangled in controversy once again over an interview stunt and comments he made about a scheduled guest, calling further attention to questions regarding journalistic objectivity at MSNBC."

Noah Rothman of Mediate:

"Had Roberts been aware of the mistake, it is unlikely he would have ran with the empty chair. However, his staff should have informed him of the error prior to airing this embarrassing segment. To his credit, Roberts displayed some contrition after the fact, but by then the damage was done."


  1. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    "...calling further attention to questions regarding journalistic objectivity at MSNBC."

    There is no question - none of them are journalists, nor do they have objectivity.

  2. Dee Baxter
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Changing the subject does not change the substance of the memos nor does it improve Maggie's weak performance on MSNBC.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    "...calling further attention to questions regarding journalistic objectivity at MSNBC."

    Excellent catch Barb!

    Everyone should take a moment and view the make-up interview; the MSNBC talking head took every opportunity afforded him to parrot the marriage corruption movement’s talking points in an obvious attempt to present the position of the marriage corruption movement as something beyond reproach.

    To the effect: How dare you defend yourself like that!

  4. John Colgan
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Wow, not only did Roberts already apologize, which you covered, but two of the three stories you label as "calls for MSNBC to apologize" are actually stories about MSNBC's apology, which both reference a single blog post calling for a fuller apology. Gee, are we trying to make one blog post appear to be a groundswell? Sure looks that way!

  5. AlanR
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    NOM grows more and more desperate. I'll go get some popcorn and sit back and watch!

  6. AlanR
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Gotta laugh at how Apple and Microsoft are asking NOM to organize a boycott against them! They saw that Starbucks' stock price went up after the NOM boycott was announced! Too funny.

  7. John Noe
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    To all NOM supportors. I would highly recommend Newsbusters as it has some of the funniest conservative comedy you will ever see. Every time I watch Jodi Miller do an episode of Newsbusters I die of laughter.

    It is also part of the MRC which is the Media Research Center which does an outstanding job of tracking liberal bias over at the mainstream networks.

  8. Bob Roberts
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Headline from the "NewsBusters" article linked above:

    "MSNBC Anchor Roberts Admits 'Booking Error' Two Days After Petulantly Attacking Conservative Guest for Missing Interview"

    From the text of the articles in both "The Blaze" and "Mediate" linked above:

    "“MYSTERY solved… @maggiemarriage was in a studio ready for our #nom interview it was just the wrong studio booked improperly on @msnbc_booking IT WAS OUR MISTAKE and she has an open invite for the show,” Roberts tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Our sincerest apologies.”"

  9. HorseKnuckle
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    This blog post, like so many others, distorts the truth, to say the least. Maggie was interviewed two days later, and Roberts apologized for the booking error.

    Even those of you who share NOM's views on same-sex marriage have to at least question NOM's integrity when they do this type of thing. And trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  10. Bryce K.
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    So Roberts' apology wasn't enough for Mags?

  11. Ash
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Are NOM this desperate...

  12. Isidoro Morjaim
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Roberts apologized on several occasions on his show and on twitter.There appears to be a campaign to muzzle this exemplary reporter

  13. Randy E King
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    A "Tweet"? An on-air apology would have been the appropriate response to an on-air insult. What is it about the concept of common decency that renders it impossible for marriage corruption supporters to comprehend?

    I imagine it must be the personal responsibility component.

  14. Ash
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    "Exemplary reporter"? Read the first paragraph of the Blaze article, please.

  15. Pat
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I like how the quotes contradict each other.
    "He should apologize!"
    "He should apologize!"
    "He wasn't aware of the error, and he was contrite after he realized what happened!"

    Welp, I'm convinced.
    I'm not sure what I'm convinced *of*, but y'all got me NoM!

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