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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry concluded the ?What?s So Funny About 2013?? segment of her Sunday show with a chorus of laughter at the black grandson pictured in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney?s family Christmas photo. The chuckles were directed at baby Kieran ? who was adopted by Romney?s son Ben and his wife Andelynne in September.

 

 

 

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/msnbc-host-makes-fun-mitt-romney-black-grandson-023826137.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToqsAD9Lars

 

The left's race-baiting has reached a fever pitch by Melissa Harris-Perry by simplifying the incredibility complex race relations in America to "republicans = racist". The truth is far more complex than it looks on the surface... but why bother with complexity and nuance when you can let an MSNBC sound bite do all the thinking for you.

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Most MSNBC hosts were BORN with their brains short circuited.

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Video gone :(

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Most MSNBC hosts were BORN with their brains short circuited.

 

Most of news networks were born with their brains short circuited.

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And she's already figured out she went off the rails and apologized.

"I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices."

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this will have more bashfest if that were to happens during foxnews ...

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this will have more bashfest if that were to happens during foxnews ...

Exactly, but it happened to a news channel that is known to cater to the liberal side of politics so this issue is no big deal to them. If it happened over at Fox News, you'd have so many people screaming racist and all kinds of crap over something like this. But yep everyone is quiet.

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"I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices." 

 

While I am not going to weigh in on the topic, that is a very well written apology.  No excuse, just an apology!

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Like Bashir, she should go. Fact is, if MSNBC's ratings are to become half way reasonable they should reconsider their whole format.

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And right wingers froth at the mouth at the thought of someone on the left doing something stupid, As if a right winger has never done anything stupid.

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It doesn'teven have much to do with left or right. Their shows suck and their ratings show it. Read any industry magazine or site.

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Is this the video that was posted above before it was removed?

http://youtu.be/czMoPk9trqg

 

Edit - no idea why it's not embedding and just showing the link.

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When that happens I use the tags around it.

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After having watched the video of said "controversy", I believe this story has been blown up for no reason at all. Just some butthurt right wingers

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Romney has been out of politics for almost a year, so why are the idiots at Moron Super Network Broadcasting Company (MSNBC).still living in the past?

Why not talk about something positive like Obamacare. I mean their savior Barrack Obama won the election, so why not focus on all the good things he's going to do for America.  :shiftyninja: 

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The title is completely inappropriate. :no:

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This is just one example of why I no longer depend on the mainstream media to get me my news.

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This is just one example of why I no longer depend on the mainstream media to get me my news.

Right there with you my friend.

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This is just one example of why I no longer depend on the mainstream media to get me my news.

 

 

 

Right there with you my friend.

 

And who do you trust now? 

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How soon until the MS part of MSNBC goes away?

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Wait are you republicans actually serious? You're butt hurt over this? This is a short circuit? 

 

aha

 

ahahaha

AHAHAHAHA

 

Oh my god you guys really are grasping for anything to talk about aren't you?

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No need to grasp when every time you time around se MSNBC host is under fire or fired for foot-in-mouth issues. Olbermann, Bashir, Baldwin etc.

MS left the MSNBC web operation in 2012, msnbc.com becoming nbcnews.com. The TV portion retains the name, and added a pro-progressive tagline, but likely not for long. Redmond has been trying to distance itself from the insanity.

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No need to grasp when every time you time around se MSNBC host is under fire or fired for foot-in-mouth issues. Olbermann, Bashir, Baldwin etc.

 

You keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep at night, but the only ones with mouths big enough to stuff their own feet in are right wingers.

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I'll just leave this here, since I don't like to get involved in these conversations as I've said many times. Still, the video has some salty language just in case anyone watches it etc etc.

 

*Edit* Embedding seems to still not be working - so yeah it's a The Young Turk's video discussing the matter. TYT is basically my main news source for anything involving US stuff anymore. Just sayin.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ayzRdcbsxc

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Referenced at **, Howard Kurtz is the former media writer for The Washington Post, the former Washington bureau chief for The Daily Beast, and was host of Reliable Sources on CNN. He left CNN and joined Fox on July 1, 2013

http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2014/01/04/melissa-harris-perry-cries-during-air-apology-romney-family

Melissa-Harris Perry Cries During On-Air Apology to Romney Family

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC?s Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians last weekend senselessly mocked a picture of former Governor Mitt Romney?s family because it included his adopted black grandson.

Although she?s already apologized on Twitter, Harris-Perry began her show Saturday with a heartfelt apology much of the time fighting through a lump in her throat and tears (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY:

Good morning. I'm Melissa Harris-Perry. We have a lot of news and politics to discuss this morning. Before we get to that, I'm going to start with an apology.

Last Sunday, we invited a panel of comedians for a year in review program. It's what we call our look back in laughter. But in one of the segments, we looked at a number of photos that caught our attention over the course of the year. In that segment, I asked my guests to provide kind of off the cuff ideas for captions of the photos that we were seeing. Among the images we aired was one of the Romney family that showed Governor Mitt Romney's grandchildren, including his adopted grandson, who's African-American.

Now given my own family history, I identify with that picture and I intended to say positive and celebratory things about it, but whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive. And showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment.

So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family. Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy. But their families, and especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry.

Also, allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial 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, and I am reminded that when we are doing so, it must always be with the utmost respect.

We're generally appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last Sunday's program, and I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers.

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As apologies go, I'm not sure anyone can do a better job. Harris-Perry is to be commended.

However, as this is the third high-profile misstep by an MSNBC host in less than two months, it is time for Comcast and NBC to take a serious look at what's happening at this farce of a so-called "cable news network."

As Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz** asked Friday, "[H]as the channel developed a culture in which harsh personal attacks are encouraged, or at least tolerated?"

As the answer to this question is a resounding "Yes," it behooves the powers that be at this network to examine exactly what is the culture there that would encourage a child of an interracial family to mock an interracial family all because its patriarch is a Republican.

Without such an examination, it seems a metaphysical certitude that more MSNBC hosts are going to commit vile on-air transgressions this year.

Maybe it's high time Comcast and NBC put a stop to it.

*****Update: Alec Baldwin mocks via Twitter, "'If I Cry, Will I Be Forgiven All of My Transgressions?"

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