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Rachel Maddow Fans Accuse MSNBC of Sexism for Bumping Her for Brian Williams

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• April 7, 2017 10:43 am

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Rachel Maddow fans on social media were outraged when the MSNBC host was bumped Thursday night in favor of MSNBC breaking news anchor Brian Williams.

Williams is typically brought on for any breaking news event, and he covered the late-night U.S. cruise missile strikes against a Syrian government airfield. Fox News and CNN also preempted their usual primetime programming in order to have their breaking news anchors–Shepard Smith and Anderson Cooper, respectively–cover the events live.

Still, Maddow fans were angry, arguing that she should have been allowed to cover the event herself. More than a few argued that sexism was behind the decision.

Among the more famous critics was liberal comedienne Rosie O'Donnell.

But even the rank-and-file were upset.