An MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism after poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren, zeroing in on the Romneys’ recently adopted African-American grandchild, Kieran.
“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology,” Melissa Harris-Perry wrote on Twitter.
During the segment, which appeared on the show “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the panelists made jokes about the infant standing out.
Two panelists later said their comments weren’t directed at the baby and apologized if the family was offended.
You would think that MSNBC might have learned something after Martin Bashir revealed to the world that his mindscape is a disturbed place. Incidentally, apologizing “if the family was offended” (emphasis mine), as MSNBC’s in-house failed comic, Dean Obeidallah (who was also part of the segment) did, is no apology at all. Indeed, as others have said, when an apology includes the word “if,” it is a wholly inadequate apology.
All of this, of course, is part and parcel of MSNBC’s efforts to politicize just about everything; the racial identity of a baby is now used to talk about racial diversity in the Republican party–never mind the harm and the offense to an entire family. Firings should take place as a consequence of all of this. MSNBC claims to be a credible source of news and information. It is, in fact, nothing more than a purveyor of smug insults that are handed out on a regular basis in order to ensure that the station remains in the good graces of its port-side viewers.