Liberal actor Mark Ruffalo, known most recently for playing the Hulk in “The Avengers” franchise, is slamming MSNBC and NBC News for hiring too many “white conservatives.”
Sign the petition: Tell @MSNBC @NBCNews to stop the white conservative hiring spree https://t.co/CQGV7zRHWr via @CREDOMobile #p2— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo) 1497104347.0
Over the weekend, Ruffalo, who has not shied away from his progressive politics, shared a petition urging NBC to stop “promot[ing] right-wing hate.”
The petition noted NBC’s hiring of Nicole Wallace, a former spokeswoman for President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); George Will, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post; Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host; and Greta Van Susteran and Megyn Kelly, both former Fox News anchors.
The petition’s signers accused NBC and MSNBC of “pushing out black and brown voices and filling its network with hard-line extreme conservatives.” It was not immediately clear, though, how the petition’s writers concluded that NBC’s latest hires are “hard-line extreme conservatives.”
“NBC had troubling ties to [President Donald] Trump during the presidential campaign and gave the racist sexual predator a national platform,” the petition stated, referring to the president’s former reality show, “The Apprentice,” which aired on the network. “Now MSNBC, too, is tilting to the right. We need to let NBC executives know that there will be a sharp backlash if MSNBC becomes another platform for right-wing hate.”
Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim wrote last month that Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, is “resisting the resistance” by hiring conservative contributors and show hosts. Grim also asserted that Lack has “targeted the network’s progressive programming” since joining the team in 2015.
At press time, the petition had 175,270 signers — 87 percent of its 200,000-signature goal.
Ruffalo, for his part, has spent most of his celebrity capital advocating for climate change. In late April, he showed his support for the Washington, D.C.-based “People’s Climate March,” which commemorated Trump’s 100th day in the White House.
Love to all gathering at the great #peopleclimate March. #resist #renew #rebuild https://t.co/KUOwh1Ovhx— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo) 1493481501.0
And most recently, Ruffalo wrote a fundraising email for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello, who is running for the state’s Democratic nomination, urging liberal voters to cast their ballots for the former U.S. representative, The Associated Press reported.
Perriello has cast himself as an unrelenting progressive and a leading warrior in the left’s resistance against Trump.
“If Tom wins,” Ruffalo wrote, “the political pundits will talk about progressives on the rise in 2017 and 2018 — and the resistance being strong.”
Virginia voters go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries.