• Petitioned Stephen B. Burke

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NBC Universal Board of Directors, EVP Comcast Corporation and Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal
Stephen B. Burke
NBC Universal Board of Directors, CFO, Comcast Corporation
Michael Angelakis
President, NBC News
Steve Capus
MSNBC President
Phil Griffin
NBC Universal Board of Directors, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation
Brian Roberts
NBC Universal Board of Directors, Chairman and CEO, GE
Jeffrey Immelt
NBC Universal Board of Directors, Vice Chairman and CFO, GE
Keith Sherin

MSNBC President Phil Griffin must immediately institute Corporate Governance on Sexism or Resign!

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      The New Agenda

On Tuesday, MSNBC host Ed Schultz referred to radio show host Laura Ingram as a “slut.”  On Wednesday, Schultz made an on-air apology and took a self-imposed one week suspension without pay.

But, Schultz’s short work leave is hardly fodder for revelry.  Schultz is but a annoying gnat in the misogynistic cesspool that is MSNBC.   Under MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who has had executive oversight for MSNBC since 2006, the cable network has displayed a consistent disdain and disrespect for women in leadership and public life.  

Sexist behavior is hardly new news at MSNBC.  During the 2008 election misogyny-fest, MSNBC was undoubtedly the worst offender, employing a disproportionate number of the poster-boys of sexism:  Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, David Shuster, Pat Buchanan and Mike Barnicle.

Under Griffin’s leadership, the cable network has continued it’s unabated disdain for women.  From “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it” (Olbermann) to “balloon head” (Matthews) to “If Palin wasn’t hot would we be talking about her?” (Deutsch).  It’s like 2008 never even happened.  Sorry Mr. Griffin:  it did!

It is time that MSNBC stop it’s on-air reign of terror against women leaders. 

MSNBC’s Griffin must immediately institute corporate governance in the area of sexism.    Specifically, MSNBC should immediately establish and mandate an in-house educational training course on sexism.  All employees and on-air regular guests should be requited to attend.  MSNBC should establish an in-house no tolerance policy for gender bias (direct impact to pay and promotions).  MSNBC should also adopt a zero tolerance policy for on-air sexist commentary – meaning this:  control your words or be fired.

Simply put:  issues are fair game, sexism is not.  Evaluate candidates and leaders on their positions and performance.  Demeaning women or tying to make them into sexual objects, is bad for our country, and frankly as ratings show, bad business.

Failure to institute corporate governance in the area of sexism should result in President Griffin's firing/resignation.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Marie Mergenthal ELK RIVER, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      we have to stop this bias as now won't support THESE women!

    • Robin Lentzkow MARION, IA
      • over 3 years ago

      I stopped watching all NBC and affiliate programs during the last presidential election. When I saw the obvious bias it sickened me. This from a long time Today show viewer. From the treatment of Sara Palin even to Hillary Clinton, I was totally appalled. The treatment of these brave ladies, including Michelle Bachman, and yes Hillary Clinton makes my stomach turn.. I will not watch any NBC show ever.. I signed off!!

    • elaine leon PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Enough is enough already! I am sick of liberals who continue to say the right is full of hatred when it is the left that is constantly spewing hate!

    • Brent Bach SOUTH BEND, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Ed Schultz should be terminated by MSNBC with extreme prejudice.

    • Rose Pfaffle CENTERVILLE, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      STOP the hate speech and calling anyone that doesn't agree with you names. Why have we allowed such viral behaviors into our society? Those in the media are so determined to destroy all the decency and values in our American beliefs that don't fall into their agenda that I can't bear to listen to you anymore. You will someday wake up and regret what you are doing to this great country.


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