MSNBC panel mocks Mitt Romney's adopted grandson

There are no words to describe how disgusting this is, so let’s just roll the tape and enjoy a panel of MSNBC geniuses displaying their liberal tolerance, sensitivity, and inclusiveness by mocking Kieran James Romney, the very young adopted black grandson of Mitt and Ann Romney:

I know, I know: it’s MSNBC.  Still, it’s worth pointing out their most callous excesses, because their network increasingly serves as a voodoo doll for Fox News.  They’re not just the unleashed liberal-id caricature of what the Left tells itself Fox News is like.  MSNBC is a cesspool that liberals can compare Fox to, in the course of dismissing them both.

Shall we pause a moment to imagine the reaction if a large black family with an adopted white grandson – just for fun, let’s suppose it was the Obama family – was mocked on these terms?  Or even a white liberal family with an adopted black child?  The needles would blow right off the outrage meters.  The DNC would use the controversy in fundraising letters by the end of the day such a segment aired on Fox.

And this is coming from the network that makes a cottage industry of claiming that various innocuous words – “golf” and “Chicago” among them – are secret racist code language used by white supremacist critics of Barack Obama (i.e. pretty much all critics of Barack Obama) to communicate with each other.  The host of this segment, Melissa Harris-Perry, is notorious for an ignorant tirade in which she claimed the term “ObamaCare” was created by “wealthy white men who needed to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal, and to diminish his accomplishments.”

All dissent from Obama is lightly encrypted racism, but mocking the color of a child’s skin is super-awesome, if his adoptive parents have the wrong politics!

What these goons on MSNBC are doing is racist, pure and simple.  They’re so besotted with their own progressive specialness that they believe themselves above such accusations: We’re liberals, so we can’t possibly be racist… let’s mock the color of these peoples’ skin for a cheap laugh!

Caleb Howe at The Right Scoop notices how quickly this photo of the Romney family is extrapolated into a tediously predictable slam at the entire Republican Party:

The panelists start laughing the moment the photo is on the screen, because obviously. Then the first response is Pia Glenn off-camera sing-songing ???one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn???t the same??? and the rest of the panel chuckles along. It???s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn???t, which is obviouslyhilarious. Because as everyone knows, the races should not mix.

But it???s even better than just hilarious, it also makes you think! Because, as the final comment from the panel tells us, this pic is a microcosm of the GOP. ???It sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.??? Ah the never tired accusation, borrowed from every single left wing blog and talking head during every gathering of two or more (or fewer) Republicans: He???s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family???s values. Nope. He???s just a token. A punchline, not a person. But it???s funny, because Republicans are racist, see? So it???s all fine!

Of course, if you get your political news from MSNBC, you might well think the Republican Party is entirely composed of white people, because they’ve got a habit of cutting away from the speeches of minority Republicans at the big conventions.  Perhaps young Kieran will grow up to give a stirring speech at some future Republican National Convention, and MSNBC will cut away from it.  Assuming they’re still around, that is.

The big takeaway from this nasty little segment, on a network full of nasty little segments, is that these people are political hacks with icewater in their veins.  They don’t mean any of what they say about either racism or dreams of a color-blind society.  They care about scoring points against Republicans, and indulging the baser instincts of their audience.  There is nothing they don’t view through the lens of party and ideology.

It’s interesting how eager liberals are to go after the families of their opponents these days, isn’t it?  The Palin family could tell you a few stories about that.

Update: Actor Nick Searcy of “Justified” – a shy and retiring soul who I think might just be a wee bit on the conservative side, but he really should come out of his shell one of these days – invites MSNBC to come after him and his adopted son Omar next:



Update: On Tuesday morning, Melissa Harris-Perry apologized for mocking the Romneys and their adopted grandson.  In fact, a veritable floodgate of apology opened on her Twitter account.  She even made a hashtag to link all her apology tweets together.




She probably should have stopped after the first Tweet.  The people she routinely accuses of racism for daring to disagree with her ideology will be surprised to learn she cares whether they take offense at her scurrilous allegations.  Maybe next year she’ll complete her journey of enlightenment and realized that falsely accusing people of racism is, itself, an act of racism.

Oh, wait, she wasn’t finished.  It’s time for a journey into the deepest recesses of her psyche, to find out what she really meant when she dug up a picture of the Romney family and invited her panel of guest comedians to make fun of the black child bouncing on Grandpa Mitt’s knee:



Update: As discussion inevitably turns to whether Melissa Harris-Perry should be fired over this segment, I have to say that I find the whole “fire everyone who says anything offensive” conversation a bit exhausting.  It’s always a judgment call for the media organization whose airwaves are used to commit the offense.  I would note that in this case, it was MSNBC’s broadcast, not an unrelated outlet, so it reflects on their editorial judgment.  I rather doubt they’re going to sack Harris-Perry over this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the management told her to tone down the personal attacks a bit.

Another observation about this segment: it was prepared.  We’re not talking about an otherwise defensible conversation that got a little out of hand.  The sole and entire point of putting the Romney family photograph on the screen was to mock them because of the adopted child’s skin color.  Harris-Perry and her staff thought the family would be a good subject for contemptuous insults.  They put some effort into finding the photo and setting up the segment.  It’s up to MSNBC executives to decide if they think this was an appropriate use of screen time, and if they’ll allow their hosts to offer more of this garbage in the future.