Producer For MSNBC Suddenly Resigns, Shreds Network For "Stoking National Division"
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MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary, who suddenly resigned from the far-left news network last week, released an open letter on Monday, shredding her former employer as a "cancer" for "stoking national division" by promoting "fringe voices" and forcing "journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."
According to Fox News, Pekary was an “integral member” of MSNBC show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
The letter starts by Pekary highlighting comments that have been made to her over the past few years.
“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Pekary explained. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”
Pekary stated that MSNBC was “practically baked in to the editorial process” where decisions were made on who could create the best ratings. The former MSNBC producer explained that when the cameras weren't rolling, “industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”
A veteran at the network told her, “We are a cancer and there is no cure. But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
“As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis,” Pekary stated. “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.”
“Context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience,” Pekary went on to say. “There may be some truth to that (our education system really should improve the critical thinking skills of Americans) – but another hard truth is that it is the job of journalists to teach and inform, which means they might need to figure out a better way to do that. They could contemplate more creative methods for captivating an audience. Just about anything would improve the current process, which can be pretty rudimentary (think basing today’s content on whatever rated well yesterday, or look to see what’s trending online today).”
Pekary also revealed that co-workers would “deny their role as journalists,” and told a story how a “senior producer” told her, “Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.”
“Through this pandemic and the surreal, alienating lockdown, I’ve witnessed many people question their lives and what they’re doing with their time on this planet,” Pekary added. “I reckon I’m one of those people, looking for greater meaning and truth. As much as I love my life in New York City and really don’t want to leave, I feel fortunate to be able to return to Virginia in the near term to reconnect with family, friends, and a community of independent journalists. I’m both nervous and excited about this change. Thanks to COVID-19, I’m learning to live with uncertainty.”
“More than ever, I’m craving a full and civil discourse," she finished.
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