Crying her way through yet another apology by an MSNBC host, Melissa Harris-Perry backpedaled, saying her previous week’s show was not intended to mock the adopted African-American grandchild of Mitt Romney.
Last weekend during Harris-Perry’s New Year’s segment which included comedians Pia Glenn and Dean Obeidallah, the group found it fun to mock adopted grandson Kieran because his skin was black, unlike the rest of the Romney family.
During last week’s show, Harris-Perry seemed to suggest that it is not right or natural that African Americans and white Americans live together.The panel had a big laugh when they chimed in with the Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same… one of these things just doesn’t belong.”
What’s more, while looking at the picture of the Romneys, Harris-Perry condescended, “And isn’t he the most gorgeous? My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kiernan Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”
One might guess that what is supposed to be funny here is that the races shouldn’t mix. Although Obeidallah, Harris-Perry, and the panel found it funny that the picture of the Romneys reminded them of the lack of diversity in the Republican party, many might not.
On her Saturday Morning Show, after receiving a week’s worth of pressure from conservatives, Mormons, CNN, Fox, and Americans in general, Harris-Perry, with hat in hand, said she did not intend to take last week’s show in the direction it went. But, she added, “Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive.”
Moreover, she stated, “Allow me to apologize to other families formed through trans-racial adoption, because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule. On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families; it is one of our core principles.”
Of course, apologies are a way of life for the left-wing MSNBC as of late. Last month, Martin Bashir resigned after asserting that former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin deserved to a be a repository for human excrement. Adding to that class act, in November Alec Baldwin was fired from his show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin, for screaming at a photographer “c***-s***ing f*****.” Aside from MSNBC, Baldwin’s epithets did not go over well with gay rights groups either.
In light of all these incidents, MSNBC faces serious credibility issues while it already is struggling with ratings, falling behind CNN and way behind FOX news. Now that MSNBC has lost all appearance of being balanced, these issues will continue to stall any development as a convincing news outlet.