MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tearfully apologized Saturday for racist comments she made about Mitt Romney’s black adopted grandchild.
“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,” Harris-Perry said, her voice choking up while her eyes moistened but failed to produce tangible tears on her cheeks.
Harris-Perry and her show’s guests previously mocked a photo of Romney with his adopted black grandson, with one guest even saying that the photo was representative of the largely white Republican party, which tries to “find the one black person” for photo ops.
Harris-Perry is the latest liberal to fall victim to the liberal-created virus that ensnares people who publicly say things that can be interpreted as offensive or politically incorrect. As The Daily Caller noted, three straight liberals went down at the end of 2013 in free speech controversies. Alec Baldwin lost his MSNBC show for calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.” Martin Bashir was fired from MSNBC for comments he made about crapping in Sarah Palin’s mouth. Washington Post syndicated columnist Richard Cohen was roundly lambasted for comments he made about traditional Americans’ views on interracial marriage.
Conservatives, meanwhile, have been winning their recent brushes with The Virus. Fox News host Megyn Kelly survived her comment that Santa Claus is white. “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson was allowed back on the air on A&E after defending traditional marriage. The Washington Redskins have wide public support in a recent poll for keeping their team name, despite a pressure campaign to change it in the interest of political correctness. And TheDC expressed mild amusement at the Democratic National Committee’s widely mocked boycott of our news organization after we defended the constitutional right for men to be able to look at attractive women in public places.
Romney is expected to address the Harris-Perry controversy on Fox News Sunday, because he’s moved down a few notches in the world over the past year, to say the least.