*A new “Lean Forward” ad from MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry has irked Sarah Palin and some of her conservative media friends.
In the spot, MHP argues that the U.S. should invest more in public education. “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children … We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children,'” she says in the ad. “So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that ‘kids belong to their parents,’ or ‘kids belong to their families,’ and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”
Last week, conservative media watchdog Newsbusters compared Harris-Perry’s call for collective responsibility to communism. Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd wrote,”the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao.”
On Saturday, Sarah Palin chimed in with the tweet: “Apparently MSNBC doesn’t think your children belong to you. Unflippingbelievable.
Then, members of the conservative media piled on, with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck spending segments of their shows attacking Harris-Perry. The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor reported that Limbaugh called Harris-Perry’s comments “as old as communist genocide.” The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported that Beck characterized Harris-Perry’s comments as “My kids do not belong to me. My kids are not my kids. They’re the community kids.”
Watch Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC “Lean Forward” ad and Limbaugh’s comments in the clips below.