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An MSNBC producer quit on July 24 and published a resignation letter Monday criticizing the network and the journalism industry as a whole on her personal website.

Ariana Pekary had been a producer at MSNBC since 2013 when she helped launch a new program hosted by Alec Baldwin, according to her website.

Pekary wrote in her public letter that she doesn’t know what she is going to do next but she “simply couldn’t stay there anymore.”

“My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions,” she wrote.

“The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”

She added that this was not just a problem at MSNBC and “all the commercial networks function the same.”

Pekary said that during her time at the network, she saw decisions on news content were based on how a topic or guest would “rate.”

“‘We are a cancer and there is no cure,’ a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me,” she wrote. “‘But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.’”

This “cancer” divides the nation, according to Pekary.

“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,” the producer wrote.

Pekary wrote that the “cancer” risks “human lives” in the middle of the pandemic by focusing on what President Donald Trump has done poorly and it risks “democracy” by focusing on one candidate in the middle of a presidential election.

“Context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience,” she said.

“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.”

She said that although the journalistic process is largely subjective, a group of individuals can use it to set priorities and justify economically beneficial decisions.

“A very capable senior producer once said: ‘Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.’”

Pekary emphasized that it was the job, and not the people, that needs to change.

“I know we can find a cure. If we can figure how to send a man to the moon, if Alex Trebek can defy the odds with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and if Harry Reid can actually overcome pancreatic cancer (he’s now cancer free), then we can fix this, too,” she wrote.

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13 Comments
  • bobbie says:

    Ariana Pekary, what wonderful insight you have! Would that we had more journalists like you: you, who has seen the truth; then shared this truth with the American people; and then (& most important of all) wants to change the world of the media and journalism, and make it like it was when we had REAL journalism and not all
    of this fake news and namby, pamby stuff that tries to stand for real journalism . A person who takes a stand and then stands by her convictions. And all of this to make America a better place to live. Because of people like you, maybe ONE DAY we can return to the world of real journalism again. Believe me when I say the American people are very smart, bright, astute, and very very intelligent; and there is no way on this earth that we would ever, ever want to hear this milksop news that most news networks dish out today. We want to hear the news; all of it, whether it is good, bad, or indifferent!! Then we will decide for ourselves how we feel about it. We still do that – think for ourselves (because that is the kind of people we are), but it would certainly be helpful if we could actually trust the news networks again. It is not the role of Mika, nor so many others I could name right now, to tell us how to think! We do that for ourselves rather nicely. Inspite of the fake and crooked news we hear day in and day out. Thank you for your stand. We appreciate it and we appreciate you. After all, you are one of the good ones!!! And that is way more than can be said of any of your former MSNBC colleagues. God’s grace and peace to you and may He help you to find something that you would actually love to do, and a place where you can tell the truth – on a daily basis. Thank you for your courage and wisdom to speak up. This is something all journalists need to hear. And, hopefully, your courage and convictions will be a catalyst towards helping other,
    fake news media people to see the light and take the stand of truth.

  • Brenda says:

    It’s NOT the job of the news media to TEACH, it’s their job to investigate the ‘story’ BEFORE it’s reported and report the FACTS. It’s up to the public to discern the meaning of what they are hearing and to decide what to do with the information! Journalists don’t investigate anymore because they want to be the first ones to put it out there! They just run their mouths with their OPINIONS and they don’t report anything worthy of listening to…it’s all sensationalism and divisiveness. they should all be held accountable for slander for so many things they ‘report’. Pathetic!

  • Rick says:

    Trump has always been right about “Fake News”

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Can we expand this to all networks: PBS NPR CBS ABC NBC CNN 2?
    Awesome, more Dem division Hoorah

  • Mike says:

    Try telling the truth . . . that would be a change. And stop following the agenda of the NaziCrats.

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