MSNBC producer's scathing resignation blasts network for 'blocking diversity of thought' and 'amplifying fringe voices'August 4, 2020
A MSNBC producer left a scathing resignation that blasted the network for "blocking diversity of thought" and "amplifying fringe voices."
Ariana Perkary wrote a blog post explaining her reasoning for leaving the media outlet on Monday, citing that the company "forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."
Sharing a link to her post on Twitter, the former producer explained: "It's not the optimal time for change but the time doesn't feel optional, anymore."
Perkary relayed a conversation with a TV veteran who told her that the industry is "cancer and there is no cure."
"As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis," she wrote.
"The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings."
Perkary went on to explain how the "cancer risks human lives," notably in the outlet's covering of the coronavirus pandemic.
She claimed: "The primary focus quickly became what Donald Trump was doing (poorly) to address the crisis, rather than the science itself.
"As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried."
The ex-employee also went on to say that democracy is at risk "even in the middle of a presidential election," explaining biased reporting.
"Any discussion about the election usually focuses on Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, a repeat offense from 2016 (Trump smothers out all other coverage)," she wrote.
"Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or "killed" numerous times."
However, Perkary concluded her article optimistically writing that she believes a "cure" can be found to the "cancer."
"Again, personally, I don’t think the people need to change. I think the job itself needs to change.
"There is a better way to do this. I’m not so cynical to think that we are absolutely doomed (though we are on that path).
"I know we can find a cure."
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