THE LATEST cable kerfuffle is completely and totally concocted by Republicans, because there was absolutely no reason for Melissa Harris-Perry to apologize for one of her guests, a comedian, saying something that offended the chattering political class. A picture of the Romney family, which showed their adorable adopted African American baby, Kieran Romney, became the topic of conversation, when Melissa Harris-Perry asked for a caption for the shot.
“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.” – Dean Obeidallah
This is what comedians do and in response Republicans went berserk.
To be very blunt, I don’t watch Melissa Harris-Perry’s show, because she is far too partisan and earnest for me, with her brand of media coverage amounting to cheerleading. Her coverage on race, however, is tremendously important. There is also no doubt she’s very smart and well-qualified for the job she does. She is also absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, which doesn’t hurt.
What ensued after the Republicans got ahold of this segment has been blown up into a political opportunity by Republicans, with Harris-Perry’s help, and Sarah Palin jumping in, of course, because she can’t resist the spotlight.
There is little doubt, which you can see in the clip below, that the entire conversation revolved around the Republican Party’s never ending challenge with diversity. This isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact. Commenting on the Romney family picture happened because Melissa Harris-Perry asked for a caption, which set the stage for the unknown. Even if you don’t like what the guy said, it’s absolutely clear he’s talking about GOP diversity, not the little cutie in Mitt Romney’s arms.
GOP chairman Reince Priebus revealed he’s a man in a job he’s unqualified to do in his response on Twitter.
Disgusting: Harris-Perry should apologize immediately for mocking Romney’s adopted grandchild @mharrisperry @msnbc http://t.co/S1zo5i64pF “” Reince Priebus (@Reince) December 31, 2013
There is nothing “disgusting” about what happened on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show, because what was being mocked is the Republican Party that has an offensive history on diversity, whether it’s race, sexual orientation or women’s freedoms.
No apology was necessary or required, but Melissa Harris-Perry decided to validate this circus act by apologizing.
If this episode reveals anything it’s that we need more professionals in media who have the courage to know the job they’re doing and won’t genuflect to different factions, because of some perceived offense. For whatever reason, it seems MSNBC has a high degree of media personalities who simply don’t understand the job of media, which includes taking on criticism that has been leveled unfairly and for gain at the expense of the very subject they feigned outrage over in the first place.
Leave it to the comic to offer the perfect f-you in a situation that certainly warrants it.
I want to apologize to any Republican offended by my joke that GOP is not racially diverse. I truly hope GOP never changes-its perfect! “” Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) December 30, 2013