NBC is criticized after endorsing Oprah for president in a tweet
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- NBC has deleted a tweet that endorsed former talk show host Oprah Winfrey for president. The network, which was broadcasting Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, was responding to a speech Winfrey gave during the ceremony.
"Nothing but respect for OUR future president. #GoldenGlobes," the tweet said.
The response from NBC was written before CNN's report that Winfrey is seriously considering a run for office.
NBC says the tweet was sent through a third party agency for NBC Entertainment, a different division of the company from NBC News. They also said the tweet was a reference to a joke that was given during the monologue by the awards show's host Seth Meyers.
Meyers jokingly tried to encourage Winfrey to run for office by saying she had no chance of winning. He compared his rhetoric towards Winfrey to his hosting gig during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner when Donald Trump was the butt of the jokes. Meyers referred to speculation that the dinner encouraged Trump to run for office.
Donald Trump Jr. and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer used NBC's tweet as an opportunity to call out alleged media bias.
"In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it," Trump Jr. said. "Can you trust anything they say at this point? Americans see the truth in job #s & in their wallets!"
Spicer said this was a prime example of the media pushing back against conservatives.
"For anyone who ever doubted media bias against conservatives I present exhibit A: @nbc," Spicer wrote in a tweet posted Monday morning.