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MSNBC host apologizes for jokes about Romney baby

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:01 p.m. HST, Dec 31, 2013

NEW YORK » An MSNBC host apologized to Mitt Romney's family today after she and guests on her show joked about a Christmas picture that showed the 2012 Republican presidential candidate's adopted, African-American grandson.

Melissa Harris-Perry said her intention was to celebrate diversity, but the segment took an unexpected and offensive turn when she asked her guests to talk about a photo showing infant Kieran Romney with his grandparents and their 21 other grandchildren, all of them white.

One guest on her Sunday show, actress Pia Glenn, sang "one of these things just isn't the same."

Comedian Dean Obeidallah said it "sums up the diversity of the Republican party."

Harris-Perry said she'd like to see Kieran marry Kanye West's daughter so West and Romney would be in-laws.

MSNBC has had several of its hosts issue apologies in recent months.

Martin Bashir apologized and resigned from the network on Dec. 4 after making graphic remarks about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, suggesting someone should defecate in her mouth.

Bashir's comments about Palin came on the same day MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin from his weekly show for two episodes because the actor used an anti-gay slur in a confrontation with a photographer on a New York City street. Baldwin apologized, and he and network ended his show after five episodes.

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rtnaito wrote:
Boy are some talk show host stupid. Lots of celebrities have non=white adopted children.
on December 31,2013 | 08:46AM
serious wrote:
She's black, nothing will happen. But the kid could have been Obama's son--not, he's not gay!!
on December 31,2013 | 10:51AM
kailua000 wrote:
she's black, her mother is white and her relatives are Mormon. no joke.
on December 31,2013 | 12:00PM
50skane wrote:
And liberals and dems always say they are the party for diversity, but their true colors show when they least expect it.
on December 31,2013 | 08:48AM
AhiPoke wrote:
One of the significant differences that I've noticed when I watch MSNBC and FOX is that the MSNBC commentors are more mean spirited. Clearly FOX leans heavily conservative and MSNBC ultra-liberal but most, not all, of the FOX staff do some balanced commentary. MSNBC rarely does. If anything their main focus seems to be trying to ridicule conservatives as opposed to stating their position.
on December 31,2013 | 09:10AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
astute observation.
on December 31,2013 | 09:59AM
cojef wrote:
Statement about Fox is excellent, haven't watched MSNBC in ages. Love Good Morning America and watch it regularly.
on December 31,2013 | 10:31AM
HOSSANA wrote:
People are so stupid and this host on MSNBC certainly exemplifies the stupidity and ignorance that pervades the media culture and, well, all cultures. No excuse, no damm excuse, for the remarks that were made pertaining to Romney's grandchild. Definitely some kind of disciplinary action has to be taken because stupidity has to be held accountable in some fashion.
on December 31,2013 | 09:20AM
noheawilli wrote:
MSNBC is a joke
on December 31,2013 | 09:47AM
kuroiwaj wrote:
So, who's racist? How many from MSNBC and CNN must apologize until America understands and tune them out.
on December 31,2013 | 10:02AM
eoe wrote:
The difference is MSNBC does apologize, whereas fox just keeps spraying invective. Also the democratic base pretty much roundly condemned the comments. Compare and contrast that with the "blacks liked being slaves" comments by the duck d-bag and the entire base of the republican party pretty much nodded their heads and said in unison "yup, sounds about right."
on December 31,2013 | 11:13AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Gotta' get me one of those--- an invective sprayer, that is. What the Republican base thinks you know not. What you know about Fox News you read at the Daily Kos blog.
on December 31,2013 | 12:05PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Could you be more specific? I listen to both, and MSNBC is way ahead with the personal insuts.
on December 31,2013 | 01:23PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Eoe, at least Fox has a bleeper to knock out the invective's they catch. MSNBC and CNN seem to intentionally miss bleeping such language. I have a grand-nephew that is half black and an outstanding baseball player that his grand-dad would be very proud off. By the way, Duck Dynasty is on A&E.
on December 31,2013 | 01:44PM
lynnh wrote:
I challenge you to find "anything" said on Fox that comes even remotely close to gross, insulting and racist. Let's see it! Good luck trying to find it... it does not exist. However, MSNBC and other networks like it are full of it regularly. Do you even watch Fox or "ever" watched Fox? I think not. Sounds like all you do is watch MSNBC and believe everything they say.
on December 31,2013 | 03:37PM
FluidMotion wrote:
Don't worry MSNBC no one watches your vile programming anyways. I'm sure the three people in the US who saw this segment are like minded fools and won't complain.
on December 31,2013 | 10:34AM
samidunn wrote:
MSNBC is so mean & radical that Microsoft cut ties to them.
on December 31,2013 | 10:50AM
hikine wrote:
Stupid comments. Children will learn from them and prejudice will continue. This is more like bullying for the adopted child and people wonder where all the hate comes from!
on December 31,2013 | 10:51AM
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