Kierangate: MSNBC Apologies as Worthless as Their Comments

MHPapology121.pngWhen host Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests on MSNBC attacked the Romney family for their Christmas photo of Mitt, Ann and their grandchildren, including adopted black baby Kieran, it was bad enough. Her apology claimed the scenario was just “so familiar” to her that she didn’t think about it. Tweeting “As a black child born into large white, Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. #MHPapology” doesn’t quite pass the smell test. What’s with the hashtag? Harris-Perry, who is half white (but clearly doesn’t identify as such) has a mother who grew up in an LDS family. She is pro-choice and anti-Tea Party/GOP. Her father was a Black Nationalist and Harris-Perry says she was “raised among secular, humanist Unitarian Universalists”.

What’s now being called “Kierangate” in the media started with Harris-Perry introducing the Christmas photo of the Romney family in a “photos of the year” segment on her self-titled show. One of her guests, actress Pia Glenn, started singing, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” a learning song similar to one often used on Sesame Street. She added, “And that little baby, front and center, would be the one.” The panel had already started laughing when the photo was first shown, but they found Glenn’s song even funnier.

“And isn’t he the most gorgeous?” Harris-Perry smiled. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?” Oh, I can and I imagine even notoriously moody West would be more respectful than Harris-Perry! Truly, she personifies the morally superior attitude that has become de rigueur with most liberals.

“I think this picture is great,” said Daily Beast’s Dean Obeidallah. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.” By this point you have to wonder, was anybody on that panel thinking? They were on “auto-pilot”; displaying that deep-rooted hatred for conservatives and certain Christians and I’d bet they didn’t think twice. While calling herself a Christian (her Wiki lists her as Unitarian Universalist), Harris-Perry apparently embraces Black Theology (according to the link above), at least to a point. Black Theologists, like Obama’s friend and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are often racist against whites.

After The Right Scoop got the story out about the segment (because really, no one actually watches MSNBC), I knew the apologizes would be coming soon. When several journalists called out Obeidallah, he batted his “apology” around quite bit first. One of his more nasty tweets said, “I apologize to the baby for being used as a prop in the photo.” Unbelievable. His eventual apology excluded “the wingnuts”. Yeah, those would be the people who dared to call him out on his attack, including a journalist and several people who pointed out they didn’t like the LDS Church, let alone Romney. They defended them because they know what’s right.

Just weeks ago, the people supporting A&E‘s decision to suspend Phil Robertson were going onto Twitter and tweeting about his son Willie having an adopted black son. They made very similar comments about their choice to adopt him. It couldn’t be that the family wanted to adopt a child in need or just wanted a, it was so they wouldn’t look like racists! They truly believe this garbage. Obeidallah even invoked Phil’s name a few times in his so-called apology.

If you read those apologies from Glenn and Obeidallah, they say their issue is with the GOP, RNC or Romney’s politics. Liberals are so caught up in this web of conservatives being racists, they can’t see past it. They don’t believe the Democrats are intentionally holding back blacks and others for votes; they believe we are all rabid racists who hate the poor and wouldn’t adopt a black baby because he needs a home because it’s all for show.

Maybe the problem with Obeidallah and Glenn is that they haven’t been around enough conservative families to know what the heck they’re talking about. As for Harris-Perry, perhaps things were different with the Mormons on her mother’s side that she’s so familiar with, but as a Latter-day Saint, I see or hear of families in our Church adopting black, Chinese and Romanian babies pretty often. In Mormon dominant towns, seeing white families with multicultural kids is the norm. What about members from other churches and  other conservative families who adopt black children? Are we to believe these are all “prop” babies? They’re “token” babies? These aren’t the Romney’s or the Robertson’s or anyone else who would gain some perceived benefit from adopting their children. These are sometimes open adoptions and could be the case with Kieran. Hopefully if his birth mother saw it, she didn’t start thinking her son was being used.

I believe their apologies are mostly disingenuous. Glenn’s had to be practically yanked out of her, but several transracial adoptive parents on Twitter accepted her apology as genuine. Obeidallah’s was a joke, his tweets were awful and his extended apology on The Daily Beast was to save his own butt. Truthfully, I don’t know what to make of Harris-Perry’s other than wondering if that “#MHPapology” was the best idea, and that maybe apologizing on air would’ve been nice. Harris-Perry and Obeidallah shouldn’t apologize further, do they even believe they were wrong? It stinks that something like this happened but it shows how far the leftist progressives have dug in their claws. Once they’re in, they’re nearly impossible to pull out.

“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” ~Matthew 18:10

Margie Mars

Oregon PolitiChick Margie Mars is a Conservative-Libertarian, writer and parenting expert. Along with writing and designing graphics for PolitiChicks, she writes for several popular conservative and parenting websites such as Brenner Brief, Parenting, Examiner, Tavern Keepers, Parent Society, True Patriots For America and Attachment Parenting International. Margie writes as an expert on Attachment Parenting, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, child rearing and autism. Favorite political topics include the Tea Party, gun rights, the Constitution, Israel and border safety. In addition to writing she manages the social media accounts for two small businesses. Margie holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, certification in Special Needs Education and has taken courses in Legal Assisting and Political Science. In her spare time she enjoys reading political non-fiction and biographies, making jewelry, embroidery, painting and other crafts. Margie and her husband Rob have eight children (three on the autism spectrum); ages 9-27 (seven boys and one girl!) and three perfect grandchildren. You can follow Margie on Facebook: or on Twitter at: @Margie10

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