MSNBC jokesters toss a bomb at Romney clan

MSNBC went over the line.

With both feet.

Check out this link, taken from, about a disgraceful display of bad taste exhibited on MSNBC, having to do with Mitt Romney’s family and the presence of an infant sitting on the former Republican presidential candidate’s knee.

MSNBC talk-show host Melissa Harris-Perry is an interesting, intelligent individual who hosts a weekend show on the cable network. For the life of me I cannot fathom why she allowed this discussion making fun of Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson, an African-American infant named Kieran, to make some point about the Republican Party’s difficulty with minority voters.

I’ve long held to the belief that one should not poke fun at family members, or make fun of people’s appearance or the sound of their name. For the network to use a baby to make a cheap political point simply is beyond disgusting.

As the commentators noted on this CNN link, adoption should be saluted as something wonderful and grand. That’s all should have mattered when MSNBC showed the photo of Mitt and Ann Romney with their grandchildren.

0 thoughts on “MSNBC jokesters toss a bomb at Romney clan”

  1. People do don’t realize the process behind a show: typically, producers meet to develop the story, they choose pictures, the host was given the story (or was in development herself), including the photo, and suggestions for dialogue and ‘host’ questions.

    Previous to taping, the guests were given the topic and photos too. Not one person, did not have hours, if not days, to consider their comments, nor the ‘comic’ validity (the guests are comedians/snarks).

    I’m not sure of the herd mentality/psychology that excludes production, talent, nor guest talent from not rejecting proxy bullying of a child as outside their personal morality, for the sake of their political slant.

    The real story is not just Melissa Harris-Perry’s bizarre extreme insensitivity to a situation she knew all too well, but that this was collaborative action

    1. The entire panel violated an unwritten rule in journalism: Children of public figures are off limits. Period. They should not have ventured there. Thanks for your comments, and thanks for reading the blog.

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