MSNBC backpedaled on a decision to cut ties with contributor Sam Seder after being blasted for the move.
The network initially planned to not renew Seders contract when it expires in February after controversial right-wing conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich recirculated a 2009 tweet from Seder.
Dont 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, he wrote.
Seder said the tweet was meant to parody defenders of Polanski, who fled the country in February 1978 after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting then-13-year-old Samantha Gailey.
MSNBC cuts ties with Sam Seder over Roman Polanski rape tweet
He also accused Cernovich of trying to start a smear campaign.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin said Thursday that he made a mistake in firing Seder.
Sometimes you just get one wrong and thats what happened here. We made our initial judgment for the right reasons because we dont consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about, he said in a statement.
But weve heard the feedback and understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward.
Seder also said he would return to the network.
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, he said in a statement to CNN.
We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators. I’m proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right.