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Fired MSNBC contributor who tweeted about daughter being raped offers advice for others at the network

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Former MSNBC contributor Sam Seder has some advice for other pundits appearing on the liberal network.

Seder was dismissed when MSNBC learned of a crude 2009 tweet that referenced film director Roman Polanski, who fled the country after being charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.

“Don’t 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,” Seder tweeted.

(Mise-en-scène is a French term used in cinema that effectively means “visual theme” or “telling a story.”)

Conservative personality Mike Cernovich first drew attention to the 8-year-old “joke.”


Seder would explain in an email to Errol Cockfield, MSNBC’s senior vice president of communications, that the tweet was a response to reports that Polanski was looking to return to the United States.

“I wrote that tweet out of disgust with those who were excusing or were seeking to advocate forgiveness for Polanski’s actions which caused him to flee the US,” Seder said in the email, according to CNN. “I was appalled that anyone would diminish the seriousness of rape, particularly of a child by citing the perpetrator’s artistic contributions. Obviously, I would not wish any harm of my daughter or any other person.”

As for his advice to MSNBC talking heads, Seder appeared on BuzzFeed’s “AMtoDM” show to give fair warning… and to slam Cernovich.

“I know you want to avoid controversy, you can’t do that in this day and age,” he said. “If you try and run from something like this, you’re picking a side. And you can be on the side of a guy like Mike Cernovich, or you can be on the side of people who are reasonable and should be operating in […] normal society.”

No hard feeling there, right?

Cernovich was quick to respond to the above tweet, focusing more on BuzzFeed News than Seder… while declaring victory!

“BuzzFeed believes people shouldn’t be fired over Tweets. This is a FLAWLESS VICTORY!” he tweeted.


Tom Tillison


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