Staffers at MSNBC and NBC News are threatening a walk-out on Thursday due to anger over layoffs.
MSNBC’s ratings are decent when compared to CNN, but you have to wonder how connected these layoffs are to poor performance and lost revenue.
It’s also ironic that staffers are staging a walk-out, like a bunch of college kids angry about a surprise exam.
The Hill reports:
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NBC, MSNBC staffers threaten walk-out amid layoffs
Staffers at NBC News and MSNBC are planning a walk-out in protest of recent workforce cuts, their union says.
In a statement on Wednesday, the NBC Guild said nearly 300 workers plan to walk off the job on Thursday, saying the the broadcast giant has “repeatedly broken the law, disrespected the rights of its employees, and illegally terminated hard-working union journalists.”
“For three years we’ve done award-winning work without a contract that would secure fair pay, adequate raises, health & safety standards, dependable benefits, and a viable future,” the union said. “Management wants us to walk back to at-will status, but we’re only moving forward.”
The labor organization plans to hold a protest on Thursday morning outside 30 Rock, the network’s New York headquarters.
“We are disappointed by the Newsguild’s continued attempts to misrepresent the facts while we work in good faith with them to reach an agreement,” an NBC News spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill on Wednesday.
The Washington Free Beacon notes that Trump predicted this:
Trump Prophecy Befalls Another Media Outlet: NBC, MSNBC Layoffs Prompt Strike
Over 200 NBC and MSNBC employees are planning a 24-hour walkout Thursday in protest of the company’s decision to lay off unionized journalists, the Washington Post reported, confirming former president Donald Trump’s prediction that “all forms of media will tank if I’m not there.”…
NBC is far from the only left-leaning media company to undergo unexpected layoffs during Joe Biden’s presidency. The Post itself has begun eliminating positions after losing half a million subscribers since Trump left office, the Washington Free Beacon reported last month. CNN fired hundreds of staffers in December.
Trump foresaw this media landscape back in 2017: “Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there.”
Is anyone going to notice?
Over 200 @NBCNews, @MSNBC, and @TODAYshow journalists are walking off the job tomorrow.
NBC has repeatedly broken the law, disrespected the rights of its employees, and illegally terminated hard-working union journalists. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/MMH0RNCD0G
— NBC Guild (@nbcnewsguild) February 8, 2023
Maybe if MSNBC and NBC put more focus into covering real news objectiveley, they wouldn’t have this problem.