melissa harris-perry (01-04-14)

*As anticipated, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry began her Saturday morning show with an apology for last Sunday’s segment about a Romney family photo that, as we all now know, didn’t have a good ending. In fact, the fall out is still ongoing.

She began by reiterating her previous apologies, almost verbatim, and added …

“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, 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. For that I am sorry.”

As her voice cracked with emotion, Harris-Perry continued …

“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 do so, it must be with the utmost respect. We’re genuinely 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.”

As we reported, Mitt Romney will be appearing on “Fox News Sunday.” It is likely that he will address the controversy.