Melissa Harris-Perry Breaks Down On-Air While Apologizing For Kieran Romney Controversy


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Breaks Down On-Air While Addressing Kieran Romney Controversy

 

Published on Jan 4, 2014

A perfect storm of slow news and cultural provocation elevated Melissa Harris-Perry’s New Year’s weekend segment, which used Kieran Romney’s appearance in a Romney family photo as a setup for jokes about diversity, into a full-blown media conflagration. That firestorm has now roiled into a second weekend. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) is expected to address the controversy tomorrow on Fox News Sunday, and Melissa Harris Perry addressed it on air for the first time on the Saturday morning edition of the Melissa Harris Perry show.

 

 

 

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Perry provided a tearful on-air apology Saturday for making light of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, and following the segment, sentiments both positive and negative poured in on Twitter, with Harris-Perry’s fans using the hashtag #StandWithMHP.

 

But even among Harris-Perry’s fans, some thought the apology was unnecessary, arguing that the left is always so apologetic whenever they say the slightest thing but the right never acts in the same way, so Harris-Perry apologizing today after already apologizing this week was overkill.

 

The apology was VERY necessary because no matter the politician or how much we may dislike the political figure, ALL minor children of political people, are OFF limits for discussion in negative context. Plain & Simple. OFF Limits.

 

From Mediaite:

Having a weekend show carries with it the blessing, or the curse, of adding air to the embers of controversies that a weekday show could quickly smother. Last Sunday, Harris-Perry moderated a panel that set upon a Romney family photo as the pivot point for jokes about Republican lack of diversity. Harris-Perry’s own remarks were relatively innocuous, but panelist Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same” upon the photo’s introduction, and comedian Dean Obeidallah joked “I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

 

All involved issued a raft of online apologies of varying scope and sincerity, with Harris-Perry citing her own Mormon background in her apology, and expressing an intention to “celebrate” the photo. Commentators and reporters from rival cable news networks made Harris-Perry the subject of multiple broadcasts this week, but Saturday morning offered Harris-Perry the first chance to address the controversy on air.

 

Harris-Perry began by reiterating her previous apologies, almost verbatim, and added “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.”

 

Her voice cracking, an emotional 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.”

 

Thank you Mediaite.

 

Ms. Harris Perry did the right thing. Some say she should not have apologized because Reich Wing Conservative GOP Tea Party RepubliCANT dumbasses never apologize for the things they say. That is a fact, they never do apologize. So what?

 

Are we supposed to lower ourselves to the snake belly level of Reich Wing Conservative GOP Tea Party RepubliCANT dumbasses?

 

No. We. Are. Not.

 

Kudos to you Ms. Melissa Harris Perry.

 

Melissa Harris-Perry

 

 

 

 

MHP

 

 

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Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’


 

By Jueseppi B.

Today - Season 61

 

 

Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’

 

 

Published on Jan 4, 2014

On Friday night, Rachel Maddow delivered a blistering reply to a letter from attorneys representing billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch. While she has always been willing to make corrections on the show, she said, the Kochs’ current quibble is about a matter of actual verifiable fact and as such needs no correction.

 

“You know, you never like to get stuff wrong,” she said, “but it does happen from time to time and when we get stuff wrong on this show, I try to make sure that we correct it. We don’t mind making corrections. That said, don’t push it.”

 

A recent story about the Koch brothers’ financing of a national network of right-wing pressure groups is factually true, in spite of the Kochs’ ire at being mentioned unfavorably in the media.

 

“We cover the Conservative movement a lot on this show,” she said, “and in so doing we occasionally find people who have been mentioned in our coverage who are absolutely outraged that they have been mentioned in our coverage.”

 

“And the Conservative political figures who you can most count on to threaten to sue you and call your boss and scream about their victimization as loud as they can whenever they get mentioned by name in a way they do not control are of course, the Koch brothers,” she said.

 

The Koch attorneys went so far as to send a script for Maddow to read on the air, which she flatly refused to do.

 

“The Koch brothers’ letter to us includes a script that they want me to read to you on the air denouncing my own reporting on the Florida “Drug Test the Poor” story and telling you that they are not involved in promoting any such issue,” she continued.

 

“I’m not going to read their script. I’m not going to renounce my own reporting on this story because the reporting on this story stands,” said Maddow.

 

“We will not stop reporting on the political actions and the consequences of the political actions of rich and powerful men even if they send angry letters every time we do it,” she vowed. “I will not read scripts provided to me by anyone else. I do not play requests. I will happily make corrections when I do get things wrong. We do it on this show all the time. But I will not renounce or retract reporting that is true even if the subjects of that reporting don’t like it.”

 

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If everyone had a gun would gun violence cease to exist altogether?


Originally posted on AMERICAN LIBERAL TIMES:

We all know where some of the radical right tards sit on the gun violence control issue, don’t we?

A lot of them are totally convinced that the more guns there are legally in the hands of “Good . . . Honest . . .Upright . . .[Christian] . . . Citizens the lower the gun-violence-related crimes are going to go in their various cities . . . towns . . . hamlets . . . villages . . . habitats . . . abodes . . . etc.

There are others out there . . . more likely in my opinion to be Liberals . . . who believe just the opposite: that the fewer guns there are in the hands of any citizens the less gun-violence-related crimes there will be.

Let’s look at this realistically:

The more guns there are out there the more triggers there are that…

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Civil Lawsuits Against Michael Dunn Settled


Originally posted on Blackbutterfly7:

Congratulations to the parents of Jordan Davis and others who were in the vehicle with Jordan when Michael Dunn opened fire. 

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Blackbutterfly7 extends our thanks to John Phillips for his statement on this matter.  It dispels the misrepresentation by some who omitted the word “stipulation” when saying that the civil lawsuit against Michael Dunn was dismissed. 

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