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Racial politics is the only laughline MSNBC has left

Racial politics is the only laughline MSNBC has left

MSNBC mocking of Romney family a clarifying moment.

Melissa Harris-Perry is apologizing profusely for the panel discussion over which she presided, dedicated to mocking the image above.

I have no idea what is in Harris-Perry’s heart, but she has a long history of making racial issues out of non-racial events:

This is a problem endemic to MSNBC, from Chris Matthews on down.

The Romney adoption is a completely good thing. It embodies all of our highest ideals — love of child, love without regard to skin color.

Mitt Romney Kieran James grandson

That such an event would be politicized with racial politics says everything about what MSNBC has become, and more. It’s a clarifying event as to the left-wing obsession with race.


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Henry Hawkins | January 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

That an inclusive bubble forms where there is no diversity of opinion or belief is well known. MSNBC has just revealed how thick the membrane of that bubble can get. During this episode, not one of the MSNBC panelists seemed to understand the vileness of what they were doing, nor did anyone behind the cameras at MSNBC.

    Apparently the editors also were unable to see a problem with that segment.

    That is exactly the kind of problems that bigots have.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    What she did was plain Racist – just plain racist!

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Like the Nazis, they have an ideology which is impervious to external morality or decency. They do not see people who think differently as people; instead, they are vermin to whom anything, no matter how vicious, may be said and done.That sort of mindset paves the road to labor and death camps, which is why the rabid hatred espoused by the Left is so troubling.

Conservative Beaner | January 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

A child so innocent and a company so vile. Leave it to MSNBC and the rest to show they are about as classy as a cockroach. My appologies to all cockroaches who were offended by this statement.

This individual named Perry has two things in common with another individual. One, is the affiliation past or present with Mormonism. The second of course is race.

This Perry individual is so far removed in dignity and thought from Mia Love, that it should or would be defined in light years.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to JP. | January 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    More things separate Melissa from Mia than are similar.

    . Just because they have skin colour on the spectrum does not give a similar history. There is nothing in the background of 2 Haitian working class legal immigrants that approximates having a white /black academic american parents -one of whom was mormon.

    Mia chose to be Mormon. Mia is a mayor/political candidate & Melissa is a affirmative action academic.

    mia just happens to be a better person & haitian girls are french sassy & rock the corn rows. the French always said Haiti was more trouble than it was worth but the women were to die for.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to JP. | January 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    What is worse with the Perry issue is that her mother, her mother, for goodness sake! is white. I come from a country where the races mix and blend, and this sort of hatred of one half of oneself is not really seen. Perry, like Obama, has a problem with the color of her skin. Her way to deal with it is to slap at her mother, exactly as Obama slapped at the people who raised him. Looking at Obama and his lack of relations with blacks who are not moneyed, before his political alliance with Michelle’s family, there is a distaste there.

    In Perry’s eyes, the problem is the color of the baby. She looks at the baby and she sees herself and would change that color if she could. That’s the heart of the matter, IMO.

Subotai Bahadur | January 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Melissa Harris-Perry is a Leftist. She is a racist. And she works for MSNBC. Given those three facts, any apology has to be a lie. If she has a Mormon, mixed race background, it just means that she does not have the excuse of ignorance. So the offense was deliberate.

Subotai Bahadur

“You can’t choose your parents,” the lament goes, but this baby got lucky and was chosen by wonderful parents.

I’m surprised none of the “comedians” on the panel joked about the Romneys having “binders” full of black babies up for adoption to choose from.

As the Gentile baby Andrew, adopted by the Jewish Gerald Breitbart said, “Politics is downstream of culture.”

MSNBC is the stagnant, fetid body of water from which slimy rivulets feed into the main river, poisoning the water downstream.

The good thing about MSNBC:

Unlike parents, people can choose their sources of information. MSNBC is revealing itself to be the “bad seed” no one in their right mind would adopt for information.

LukeHandCool (whose biracial son looks little like Luke, whose biracial eldest daughter says of MSNBC-type racially-obsessed grievance mongers, “These people need to get a life and a sense of humor,” and whose biracial youngest daughter has such a precocious sense of humor, Luke would one day have said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up a famous comedian skewering people like these MSNBC dunces,” but nowadays Luke would instead say, “I would be very surprised if she doesn’t end up a famous comedian skewering people like these MSNBC dunces.”)

The Left is nothing but a horrible liability to a culture. They create nothing, love nothing, value nothing and respect nothing but their own power and moral superiority. They would have no idea how to conceive or sustain anything like America. They will drag us down into the ruins and squalor of an outer world manifested from their inner world or we will recognize them and fight for our values. No deals or co-existence with them will ever work.

This story touches on a sore point in our social welfare system.

In many places, white families are discouraged from adopting black children, even when no other families are available for them. It seems that black children raised by white people might not really grow up to be black, or something.

The kind of people engaged in the soft bigotry of low expectations for black children are perfectly willing to let black children do without parents, if the parents aren’t the “right” color.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Valerie. | January 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    RE: “The kind of people … perfectly willing to let black children do without parents, if the parents aren’t the “right” color.”

    There couldn’t be stronger evidence of “racism!”

      it ia also a tribalism thing. Professinal indigenous pleaders s demand members of their tribe be adopted by only them rather than the ‘invaders’ .

      no one asks why there are so many / few tribal members to adopt them but I already have the answer to the never asked.

      it is because their family structures & previous Xanadhu harmonic existence was torn asunder by the awful white man. That is you readers . You are responsible .

    I apologize for the down thumb. I was aiming for the reply button. There should a feature to take it back!

    I agree with your point about the interracial adoptions. The vileness coming from Ms Perry and crew has an element of belief that the child is better off aborted (killed) than adopted. The vicious mockery is as close to spiritual murder as they could get.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Valerie. | January 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I wonder if they would let Caribbeans or Africans adopt black babies. A lot of black Americans disdain those two groups as “coconuts”, brown outside but white inside because of focus on education and standard speech.

    The social services people are stone cold racist. A child needs a loving home with humans; not dogs or cats. Who cares about the color of the people giving the child a home as long as they love the child as their own?

    LSBeene in reply to Valerie. | January 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Two things:

    1) You’re absolutely right – I have seen whites discouraged from adopting not only black, but in my area (Alaska) also Native children. In fact a guy in my unit, a Native dude, just adopted a Native child – and he told me the agency tries very hard to make sure it is a Native family (and not whites) who adopt those children.

    I can see why – I really can – but also, if a child needs a family, and a good family (properly screened) is available, then who cares what race they are!?

    Isn’t this the exact idea behind “post-racialism”?!

    2) What Miss Harris-Perry and her ideological kind seem to miss is what I find essential in conservatism: A SINGLE STANDARD.

    With them it’s all about how each situation is “different” -a and by different they mean “Viewed through a PC political lens”.

The January 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine has a back cover full page ad for MSNBC, “introducing the new”.

Says to me their on-air show ratings are so low that absolutely no one is watching, so for 2014 they need to hype their virtual world of racism and hatred. Whee-ha!

Another Voice | January 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

MSNBC is on the rocks in viewership. Those in charge have given free rein to the producers to do whatever it takes to keep up even the most minimum of ratings. Even when they bomb. corporate (Comcast CEO and key Obama supporter) does not pull back on the producers or show hosts, nor has corporate, unlike CNN, ever made an acknowledgement of inappropriate programing by their producers, hosts or guests. Even the lowest of low program snafus that generate media buzz, is better then being ignored. They are getting exactly what they want, Name Recognition and FCC approved Media Matters programing.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | January 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I’m going to go off on a tangent related to this sentence:

>> This is a problem endemic to MSNBC, from Chris Matthews on down. <<

Sorry, but I have to disagree. I don't think it is a "problem" for MSNBC. I think it is a purposeful business strategy. If the strategy was to promote progressivism – as they claim – then they'd be trying to sell progressivism in a cheerful, thoughtful way. Just as Coca-Cola uses positive messaging and imaging to try to sell you Coke. So I don't think that MSNBC is in the business of promoting progressivism as much as it is in the business of tearing down conservatism. They've decided to position themselves as the anti-Republican, anti-conservative channel. And to persuade people to detest something, you exaggerate the weaknesses and negative aspects about it. It's fair to say you are in the business of selling hate and vitriol. That's why Martin Bashir and his producer didn't think twice about airing the skit that ultimately got him fired. It wasn't the MSNBC viewers who were outraged by it. I suspect they loved it. That's the red meat they want thrown at them when they tune in. It's MSNBC's brand. I suspect he got fired because someone important – maybe a sponsor, maybe a member of the Roberts family who founded Comcast, or a Comcast board member said this is just too disgusting even for the cesspool that MSNBC strives to be.

Since we've singled out Chris Matthews, I'd invite you to watch how he carries himself when he appears on shows like Charlie Rose or Meet the Press and compare it to the character he plays on MSNBC. He has the capacity to appear to be almost rational when he's not on MSNBC. When he's on MSNBC, however, he does into character. It's an exaggerated shtick which is required to satisfy the anti-conservative zealots MSNBC has decided they want as their core audience. I think Matthews is playing a character the way Stephen Colbert plays one. Except that Colbert's character is a known parody and he at least attempts to use humor. Matthews uses vitriol and he wants to fool the audience into taking him seriously.

DINORightMarie | January 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Such a lowlife is Melissa Harris-Perry, she tried to create a selfserving hashtag to “promote” her, IMHO, faux apology (it’s the follow-up tweets that reveal her disingenuous).

Hope she is gone for the new year!

Karen Sacandy | January 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The girls’ outfits are unexpectedly cute! Who knew a kind-of orange and pink would look so good?? And juxtaposed with the boys’ blue, the image is so fresh!


BannedbytheGuardian | January 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

You need to pre empt the unstated behind all this.

That the baby had no choice & has been swooped up /sold / into a religious cult that is mormonry.

That it is in deed & effect no different to slavery.

That the baby’s name is totally inappropriate.. There is a very real battle between what the birth mother named & the adopted parents decide . Sometimes the law does not alow for a change. in the UK new parents cannot change the child”s name & hence there are many girls with the unfortunate ( a mini trensd of 2005) with the name “Chardonnay” left in government facilities.

There are very real politics in adoption, some of which are playing out here.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | January 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Banned, I badly want to say something that starts with F and ends with U to whomever is stirring this nasty pot.

    No matter the theological disagreements with Mormons, this child is fortunate in that he is adopted into a family with very strong values who will raise him right.He will have a good home in which he will be taught to do well by others,to be a good son, and a decent man. He wouldn’t have learned that in some of the foster homes out there.

    His name is Kieran (Ciaran) James, and some jackass decided to make an issue of the Gaelic meaning of his name (allegedly, “little and black”). To make an issue of his name is to totally play politics and impugn the integrity of his new extended family and his parents. How many white babies are named Kieran? Are blond white babies named Kieran? This is so asinine it’s incredible.

    What on earth would’ve happened had their decided to call him Muir?

    None of this is about this baby. All of this is about sliming the Romneys, sending a message to whites who want to adopt black kids or blacks who adopt white kids (they’re out there). It’s all about imposing politically correct boundaries on people and reinforcing them.

The top apology is unambiguous. Unless subsequent evidence to the contrary emerges—hopefully it will not—, I take it at face value.

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

Call me Wordy if you must, but this story irritates me to no end.

These MSNBC panelists no doubt fancy themselves to be supremely “educated” and enlightened.

But if I were to show that picture to my “uneducated,” Japanese country bumpkin mother-in-law, she would be moved to tears.

She grew up in the countryside, one of 13 children, at a time when her brothers ate meals with her father, separately from her sisters and her, who ate with the mother. Talk about a time warp. Talk about a racially homogeneous upbringing completely bereft of “diversity.”

Yet, unlike the “educated” MSNBC panelists, she would beam and a few tears would flow if she saw this picture.

She accepted me from the beginning, and we can make each other laugh almost non-stop.

When I casually asked my wife if she wanted to get married, my wife gave me a, “Yeah, whatever” kind of answer. Meanwhile, tears were streaming from my mother-in-law’s eyes.

Me being me, I mean, Luke being Luke, he said in his best street-tough Japanese, “What are you crying about? I asked her to marry me. Not you!!”

I guess what I’m trying to say is, the morale of the story is my mother-in-law is a crybaby.

She’s also a lot more human and wise than those MSNBC schmucks. Even if she is an uneducated country bumpkin with a big laugh and overactive tear ducts.

Old MSNBC slogan: “Lean Forward”

New MSNBC slogan: “Lean Back Away From the Melting Pot.”

BannedbytheGuardian | January 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

The other thing here is a continuation of the outright attack on the open political system how dare anyone challenge A Chosen One from TTHEIR party by actually running ?

That they did not succeed in winning against their choice in X year means they are scum forever .”A failed candidate ” they mock. Not so Gore Kerry Edwards who all failed against the miserably low benchmark of Bush 2 .

it is nothing but one party statism. Bow Down.

This is an example of how racism is a lie. Either monitories want to be treated equally for they want o remain in their own little ghettos as victims. If AAs want to be equal they need to stop making everything about race, stop displaying their shallowness like they have done with this issue, stop thinking THEY are entitled to retribution for harms done to generations ago. They need to put on their big boy/girl panties and grow up.

    David R. Graham in reply to katiejane. | January 2, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Concur. And those harms done generations ago were – and today remain – self-inflicted. How long since slavery as a legal entity ended? Some Americans of African and Euro-American descent, gratefully, know how to take care of themselves and do.

    VetHusbandFather in reply to katiejane. | January 2, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I ran into this in college, where a speaker gave an account of her childhood. She explained about how horrified she was when her white friends told her they viewed her as no different than them. And how from then on she embraced her people’s culture, growing her hair into dreadlocks and wearing more traditionally black clothes. She claimed that she wanted her friends to love her for who she was, not just because she looked and acted like them. While most people seemed proud of her “cultural enlightenment”, it just made me sad that she never realized that her friends always did love her for who she was. Instead she just found a new set of friends that only loved her because of what she had changed about herself.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to VetHusbandFather. | January 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

      This girl is pitiful. She had friends who liked her for the content of her character but she foolishly threw them away and found friends who cannot look past the color of her skin.

      What, pray tell, are “traditionally black” clothes? If you’re born in the West, that means jeans or designer clothing, according to your taste. If you’re born in Africa, that means whatever you want to wear.

      Does this girl know that if she was born in the USA, she’s also got a lot of Euro blood? This girl is seriously misguided, says the one who used to wear dreads because she did not know how and did not like to comb her hair, and, besides, they looked hot!

monitories = minorities

VetHusbandFather | January 2, 2014 at 2:03 am

According to liberal dogma, it does not matter if you are actually racist, misogynistic, or bigoted towards gays. All that matters is that you cast your vote for the liberal leadership. As long as you’ve voted blue, you can use pejoratives for gays like Alex Baldwin, treat women like meat in rap videos, or mock interracial adoptions like MHP. You see according to liberals how we vote colors all our other actions, so Republicans like the Romney family have some hidden racist agenda when they adopt a black child, while Democrats like MPH are merely uncomfortable with this interracial photo because they hate the idea of an innocent black child in the hands of someone that clearly could have no good intentions when adopting a black child.

TrooperJohnSmith | January 3, 2014 at 2:51 am

From her Tweet: “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise”, am I to believe that Melissa Harris Perry was a black child born into a white Mormon family?

If so, how did she fall so far from the decency and goodness shown by most Mormons? Is she that desperate for acceptance that she turns her back on her family to find common cause with her “roots”? If indeed she was given up by her birth mother, can’t she see that growing up in a stable, loving and secure home probably broke the cycle that consumed her poor mother?

Anyone who tunes into Melissa Harris-Perry’s show will first notice her grandiosity. Her unrelenting, uninterrupted diatribes on race and racism that reveal the depth and scope of her delusions; without exception they’re grandiose on a grandiose scale. In the first five minutes, Harris-Perry will wear you out with her racial obsessions that flow in a staccato stream of consciousness style blathers-kite. She finds a pic of Mitt Romney holding a BLACK baby, and sees it instantly as yet another opportunity to rant on “The Man”–, the man she sees, no doubt, as the whitest white man on this white man’s planet. “Ah, the delicious hilarity of it all,” she thinks,–“Here’s Whitey, making a fool of himself by pretending to be sympathetic to us.” Harris-Perry demonstrates with each show how emotionally troubled she is with her vaguely menacing racial obsessions and her preemptive verbal assaults on whitey’s every defense. She’s simultaneously confused and confusing, a borderline personality, a banshee on the hunt for that last racist–that last white devil absurdly hiding behind adopted black babies. This woman is sick and pathetic.