Melissa Harris-Perry is apologizing for something that she didn’t do wrong. A photo of the Romney family with a black baby on Mitt’s knee was the subject of a panel discussion on Perry’s MSNBC show. But no one was slighting the baby. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,” remarked comedian Dean Obeidallah. Perry called the child “gorgeous.” Nevertheless, the media, particularly the right-wing media, reported that the panel made fun of the baby, which isn’t what happened. One anti-abortion site even had to bring that issue into the criticism. I guess anyone alive proves that abortion isn’t a good choice.
Perry’s apology wouldn’t have been necessary if the rest of the media saw this for what it was: mocking the whiteness of the Republican Party as exemplified by the Romney family, not mocking an innocent baby. But Perry played it safe and said all the right things.