*Another week – another MSNBC apology…this time from Melissa Harris-Perry.
On her Sunday program, she and her panel joked about a Mitt Romney family photo — specifically about the Romney’s recently adopted black grandchild, Kieran.
One panelist drew attention to the large white family’s one black member with snatches of the “Sesame Street” tune “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others,” while Harris-Perry went on to discuss her hopes for a future marriage of Kieran Romney and North West — Kanye West’s daughter with Kim Kardashian.
The discussion of the above photo had been part of the show’s second annual Look Back In Laughter franchise, in which the program said it would “look back on some of the political absurdity of 2013.” (See video below).
A little after 8 a.m. this morning, her apologies began via Twitter:
I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) December 31, 2013
She further tweeted:
• “I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they r wrong for hurting. #MHPapology”
• “Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. #MHPapology ”
• “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. #MHPapology, “she tweeted about 9 minutes later.
• “I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices. #MHPapology ”
Those tweets also were posted at noon ET on MSNBC.com, along with this further apology:
An Apology From Melissa Harris-Perry:
On Sunday’s program, we showed a photo of Governor Romney holding his adopted grandson, who is African-American. The intent of featuring the photo was to celebrate it— I often speak to the issue of the increasingly diverse American family.
Whatever the intent, the segment proceeded in an unexpected way that was offensive. Without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.
This has been a banner year for MSNBC show host apologies. To recap:
In November, MSNBC show host Martin Bashir apologized for having, a few days earlier, criticized Sarah Palin for having compared U.S. indebtedness to China to slavery by citing a former plantation overseer who punished slaves by having someone defecate their mouth and suggesting on-air that Palin was a candidate for same treatment. “Upon reflection, I so wish that I’d been more thoughtful, more considerate, more compassionate,” Bashir said in his apology. “I deeply regret what I said.”
Also in November, show host Alec Baldwin released an apology after a video clip caught him tearing into a photographer with at least one gay slur and possibly two, during a street confrontation, and MSNBC suspended his five-week-old show, though Baldwin denied uttering the second one and says he did not realize the first was, in fact, a slur.
Both Bashir and Baldwin subsequently left the network.
Below, “MHP’s” second annual Look Back In Laughter.