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MSNBC dumps Joan Walsh; MSNBC hosts criticize the move

MSNBC has drawn criticism for its decision to part ways with liberal contributor Joan Walsh (left). (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

MSNBC has declined to renew its contributor contract with prominent liberal commentator Joan Walsh, and many liberals — including more than one MSNBC host — are not happy with the decision. Walsh tweeted about the decision on Saturday morning.

MSNBC did not issue a comment or official explanation for the decision.

Walsh is the former editor of Salon and a current correspondent for The Nation. She is also the author of a book titled "What's the Matter with White People?: Finding Our Way in the Next America." She is an extremely outspoken progressive on Twitter, where her tweets have made her a target of frequent criticism by prominent conservatives.

Given her lengthy history in the liberal movement, Walsh has a large number of prominent supporters on the left, and the hashtag #KeepJoanWalsh was trending on Twitter Friday night.

Among prominent liberals who criticized the decision were at least two MSNBC hosts, Joy Reid and Chris Hayes:

An NBC spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.

(H/T Mediaite)

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