Flushed: MSNBC Cancels Senator Warren's College Townhall After 'Urinetown' Uproar

NewsBusters | 4/8/2018 | Staff
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The Washington Free Beacon reported that MSNBC reversed its decision to hold a live town hall at Westfield State University with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) on April 13 after the school received backlash from some students. The cable network came under fire on social media for plans to appear on the college's Dever Stage just a few days before the drama program began performances of the musical Urinetown.

In Massachusetts, Urinetown trumps live MSNBC programming.

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Anaila Aleman, a Westfield State senior and theater major, said she and other cast members in the Urinetown production were told on Thursday night they would have to do their show in a different venue to accommodate MSNBC's town hall.

"We had the news broken to us and we just kind of sat there, like, ‘Is this really going on? Do we really have to take all of this down?'" she said. "It was my first time actually coming in to see the entire set in completion."

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MSNBC did not return calls for comment. “Senator Warren always loves visiting the students at Westfield State! We wish the students the best of luck in their upcoming production,” said Warren aide Gabrielle Farrell.

This does sound like a terrible job of finding a site to promote Senator Warren's 2018 Senate campaign. But the plot of Urinetown...
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