This is a copy of the letter that Bill Donohue emailed to the president of MSNBC and to the parent company’s CEO at Comcast.
January 17, 2024
Ms. Rashida Jones
30 Rockefeller Plaza, Bldg. 620
New York, New York 10112
Dear Ms. Jones:
Recent anti-Christian attacks by MSNBC hosts and guests demand a vigorous network response.
On January 16, MSNBC guest Tara Setmayer, representing the Lincoln Project, smeared Christians when she referred to them as a “death cult.” She also accused evangelical Christians of being a national liability. “Not only have they failed America, but they’ve failed Christianity.”
On January 15, MSNBC host Joy Reid complained that Iowa has too many “white Christians,” saying they are overrepresented “in the caucuses.” She attributed to them the conviction that “everyone who is not a white conservative Christian is a fraudulent American, is a less-real American.”
If a guest or host on MSNBC said that Muslims are a “death cult,” there would be repercussions. If it were said that Jews have failed both America and Judaism, there would be repercussions. If it were said that atheists believe that everyone who is not a non-believer is a fraudulent American, there would be repercussions.
Why have there been no repercussions regarding the anti-Christian remarks made by MSNBC guests and hosts? Bigotry against any demographic group should never be given air time on television.
I would appreciate a response to this serious issue.
William A. Donohue, Ph.D.
cc: Michael J. Cavanagh, President, Comcast
Contact Jones: Rashida.Jones@nbcuni.com