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.
so brian crashes into rachels show – and when 11 hits – he takes over and she disappears – no goodbye – WTF MSNBC? – so sexist – so rude
— ROSIE (@Rosie) April 7, 2017
But even the rank-and-file were upset.
— Amy Volz (@wescott_amy) April 7, 2017
— Rodney H (@RodHargrove) April 7, 2017
— Terryl (@terrylb89) April 7, 2017
Even @MSNBC thinks Brian Williams, with his sketchiness, is more competent that a woman to handle breaking news-put Maddow on now, please.
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) April 7, 2017
Rachel Maddow would never refer to a Tomahawk launch as "beautiful". What in the ever living hell is Brian Williams doing on her air time?
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) April 7, 2017
— Painted Octopus (@paintedoctopus) April 7, 2017
— Marianna (@mwitch18) April 7, 2017
— Vs. (@JFD8) April 7, 2017
So MSNBC bumps Maddow for Brian Williams. #Sexist
— Stephen (@NewJerzeyBoy) April 7, 2017