Former MSNBC Producer Says Cable News 'Blocks Diversity of Thought' In Resignation Letter

Headline Roundup August 5th, 2020

Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary penned a resignation letter on Monday criticizing her network and other cable news networks, saying that the ratings scheme distorts content, "blocks diversity of thought” and causes “skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.” Pekary said when she resigned on July 24 that ratings had already impacted election coverage, with the network focusing more on President Donald Trump and less on Joe Biden. A representative for MSNBC said Tuesday that the network takes the “public trust granted to us very seriously and even more so in today’s unprecedented news environment.”

Right-rated news outlets tended to highlight this letter an example of “far-left” bias often attributed to MSNBC by conservatives, though Pekary said in her letter that the ratings scheme applied to all cable news in the country. As of Wednesday, there is very little coverage of this story from left-rated outlets.

Former MSNBC Producer Says Cable News 'Blocks Diversity of Thought' In Resignation Letter

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MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary blasted the network as a “cancer” in an open letter explaining her reasoning for quitting, the New York Post reports.

In her resignation letter “Personal news: why I’m now leaving MSNBC” posted on her personal website, she slams her former employer for letting ratings control content and accuses the network of blocking “diversity of thought.”

“This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic,” she wrote of MSNBC.

Pekary worked on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” She joined the MSNBC team seven...

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An MSNBC producer released a scathing open letter after quitting her job — accusing the network of becoming a “cancer” that “blocks diversity of thought” and “amplifies fringe voices.”

Ariana Pekary, who worked on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” shared the letter on her personal site Monday, accusing the network of letting ratings dictate content.

“This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic,” she wrote.

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ed an open letter that decried cable news in general as a “cancer” that “risks human lives.”

Pekary’s letter went viral Monday night, August 3, when she posted it publicly. In it, she said she had wanted to quit working at MSNBC for at least two years but was advised to “stick it out” until a number of different benchmarks. It took the coronavirus pandemic and the media’s involvement in it to inspire her to quit on July 24, she said.

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