Glenn Beck: Let’s lay off Melissa Harris-Perry

posted at 6:41 pm on January 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

A magnanimous way to start the new year, although he seems to think what she’s guilty of is different from what MSNBC does as regular practice. Is it? There was no intent to harm, he says; she was riffing with some comedians, they did what comedians tend to do, and before you know it she’s on TV in tears apologizing to the Romney family. (“She apologizes — for what?”) And he’s right that some of the criticism was overheated, especially the accusations that she and her panel were making fun of the baby specifically. They weren’t, but the rules of outrage dictate that the more sympathetic the victim, the more justified the outrage is. If the baby’s the target then the outrage can go to 11.

What they were amused by wasn’t the baby himself but his inclusion in a big white family helmed by the last Republican nominee for president. That’s the “joke” — it’s Mitt Romney and he’s got a black grandson. The man who represented a racist party has a black infant in his family! You can imagine them marveling at the same photo if it had been, say, the Boehner family instead but it’s impossible to imagine them doing it if had been the Reids or the Pelosis. The need to denormalize a prominent Republican’s acceptance of a black child is why this ended up on air; that’s what makes the segment mean-spirited, not any of the lame jokes the panel made afterward. And that’s absolutely in keeping with MSNBC’s view of the GOP. Harris-Perry isn’t a dependably nasty character like Martin Bashir and her apology was affecting and seemed sincere, but this was all part of a common message. In fact, according to Eliana Johnson’s piece on MSNBC at NRO today, the network now has an exec reviewing scripts before they’re filmed to make sure nothing too offensive is said. The panel remarks on Harris-Perry’s show were unscripted but the decision to show the Romney photo obviously wasn’t. It made it to air anyway. Go figure.

Needless to say, Beck’s graciousness towards an opponent won’t be repaid the next time he says something controversial. Which he knows, of course. This is an argument about decency for its own sake, not some proposed truce in the outrage wars which everyone understands won’t last a day.


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And he’s right that some of the criticism was overheated, especially the accusations that she and her panel were making fun of the baby specifically.

Liberals see a picture of a happy, healthy baby of color and right away start laughing that “one of these things just doesn’t belong.”

malclave on January 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

This combined with his pro Russian gay rights stance and I feel like Beck is finding new ways to troll his audience in 2014. Instead of the usual huckster mess he sends out.

libfreeordie on January 6, 2014 at 7:38 PM

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He doesn’t have a “pro Russian gay rights stance.”

He has an anti-homicide stance for ALL people, including gays.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

They just dropped Beck’s radio show in the Chicago market.

Fallon on January 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

They just dropped Beck’s radio show in the Chicago market.

Fallon on January 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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If he’s been ON the Chicago market, any time during the past five years, I’d say that was an accomplishment.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Man, libdie is all over the queer lately.

“You WILL accept homosexuality as normal!!!”

*stamps feet*

“I will MAKE UP anecdotal evidence that homosexuality is A-OK if I have to! I will do anything possible to make my own internal shame just a bit more bearable!!!!”

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

AP says that if it were say, John Boehner who had the black grandkid there would be sneering from the left.

Actually Boehner has a black son in law and may well have a black grandchild from this union:

https://www.google.com/#q=john+boehner+daughter+married+a+black+guy

The left ignored this event since it did not fit their template.

str8tface on January 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

We’d have to stoop pretty low to get to MSNBC’s level. I’m all for beating up the left using their own cudgel. They hate that. Taking the narrative away from them is their worst nightmare.

Philly on January 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

No, Glenn. I won’t “lay off” the racist communist. I refuse to turn the other cheek any longer. I don’t care if it makes me a “bad Christian” because, frankly, that doesn’t really concern me any more.

Dunedainn on January 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Sorry, Glenn, but playing nice-nice has gotten us nowhere. Nice guys finish last. I’m tired of finishing last.

Kafir on January 6, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Let’s see, if we oppose Obama’s Socialism/Marxism it’s because we are racists, but Melissa puts out pure racism on her show and we are to pretend that it didn’t happen?

No Thanks.

RJL on January 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Harris-Perry isn’t a dependably nasty character

Unless you dislike racists, of course. WTF?

Jaibones on January 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

I don’t remember Glenn Beck having a beard in the Duck Dynasty video in late December…?!

The Nerve on January 7, 2014 at 1:17 AM

You only put up the photo to mock it. That was the plan. MHP lied to us. I don’t think she is as good a person as Beck claims.

You don’t, as MHP claimed, put up the photo to “celebrate” the Romney’s rainbow of diversity (so to speak) with a group of lefty comedians.

mockmook on January 7, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Sometimes I agree with Glenn Beck. This is not one of those times. This is, as Andrew Breitbart put it so succinctly, WAR. And you do not win a war by using anything except the best weaponry available, whether rhetorical or otherwise.

gryphon202 on January 7, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Point being that Democrats fallacious characterizations about Republicans are necessary to continue the enslavement of their supporters.

There is nothing more despicable than people who rely on a continuous parade of pathos appeals and chimeric portrayals as a means of garnering support for their party. It is not intellectual, smart, funny, witty, visionary or wise and it does nothing to improve the political dialogue in our country.

One might believe that at some point, Democrat Party supporters would step out of the fog of lies and seek honest truths- instead of being misled into ignorantly voting for people who are clearly unqualified to serve our nation.

Marcus Traianus on January 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl) made a comeback

Glenn Beck ain’t making it

BigSven on January 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

We don’t need to lay off MHP…she needs to be terminated.

(Isn’t that the way the Lefties do it? Call for the “termination” of someone they disagree with? )

ProfShadow on January 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I am a person of color and I was raised, baptized, and served a mission for the Mormon Church, Basilbeast. You can brand me whatever you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Mormon church had a issue with race in the not too distant past.

If you want to have an open discussion on the Mormon Church & their past issues with Blacks we can. But this is why the Mormon Church doesn’t want to get into a racial discussion. Especially in regards to their most famous Mormon, Mitt Romney & his family.

portlandon on January 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Eh, I don’t really think the Mormon Church (of which I’m a member) is concerned about confronting this issue.
They released a researched historical statement regarding this issue several months ago.

gwelf on January 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Once again the Right plays the “we’re better than that” card instead of fighting fire with fire. No wonder the Left thinks they can trash anyone and suffer no consequences. IMO MHP gave a decent apology – now is the time to wait and see where she goes with it.

Whether MHP was not insulting the baby or just setting it up for the comedians to get a laugh it was mean spirited from the beginning. As a child of a bi-racial family she should have known not to use that material. There was no good intention to showing the picture and if Beck thinks so he’s gotten brain inept.

katiejane on January 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

It is plain to me that MSNBC has paid it’s debt, and knows it will pay money again if they target this baby. I hope the charity he came from is all set for cash now.

Fleuries on January 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Oh….. he meant “lay off” as in “cut her some slack”. I thought he meant “lay off” as in “here’s your pink slip; you’re on the list to call first if anything opens up.” Well, dang.

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Lay off? I think not Glenn, we need to keep alert for the hypocrisy and bigotry spewing owut of these cretins mouths.

jake49 on January 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Lay off Glenn?

To quote the commie Barry Soetoro, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,”

“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,”

“Get in their face”

Yeah Glenn, turning the other cheek with these leftist tools works every time…. NOT!

Robert Jensen on January 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Don’t lay her off.

She’s too entertaining.

Plus, freedom of speech s/b 100%, always, for all.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Oh, he meant lay off, as in hands off…

That too.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Back off? This is why the low-information voter is overwhelmed with Democrat rhetoric while Republicans are shouted into silence but think they’re scoring points by being decent or only needing to say the truth once. In fact, this is partly why we have low-information voters – let’s paraphrase that well-known saying, “ignorance triumphs when honest men are silent.”

You want to stop people from believing Republicans are racist, evil, party of just old-white men? Get in their faces, point out the hypocrisy of Democrats and exploit every nasty little thing they say which is unquestionably untrue and despicable.

Keep pointing to the nastiness of the Democrats to the point where they have to watch what they say for fear that everyone outside their groups of brainwashed like-minded followers.

Ukiah on January 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

She is small fries

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Why let her off? She’ll do the same or worse in the near future. The lack of judgment and maturity she showed in this is unchanged.

I’m an Old Testament type of guy. If the right hand offends you, cut it off.

Hucklebuck on January 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

And he’s right that some of the criticism was overheated, especially the accusations that she and her panel were making fun of the baby specifically.

Liberals see a picture of a happy, healthy baby of color and right away start laughing that “one of these things just doesn’t belong.”

malclave on January 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I’m used to people being insensitive about adoption. But it should not be beyond the ken of anybody to figure out that telling a child he doesn’t belong in his family is the height of cruelty toward that child. (In addition to being inaccurate.)

Alana on January 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Conservatives can never depend on Glenn Beck. He is far too emotionally unstable.

bw222 on January 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Looks like Glenn is wanting to get back on the tube or legit radio even if he has to kiss several butts at CNN and MSNBC to get there. Got news for him unless he starts lying and calling Cruz, Palin and Lee, etc. names it isn’t going to happen. All he is doing is showing himself as a rich greedy American hater like the rest. The only thing he is sincere about is how much money can he make.

pwb on January 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

but it doesn’t change the fact that the Mormon church had a issue with race in the not too distant past.

If you want to have an open discussion on the Mormon Church & their past issues with Blacks we can. But this is why the Mormon Church doesn’t want to get into a racial discussion. Especially in regards to their most famous Mormon, Mitt Romney & his family.

portlandon on January 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

And what group hasn’t had “issues” with some other group in the past? Regardless of how small you might think it is, do people really think we have reached the current level of racial harmony without starting off much worse?

Most ethnic/religious/partisan groups have some prejudice in their past. Apparently some people forget how much improvement has been made in the last 50 years and things were much worse 100 years ago. If someone is constantly going to be beat for the bad conduct of their ancestors it might make them less inclined to improve their own misbehavior. Many groups have had their share of mistreatment and personally I’m not inclined to be held responsible for what I didn’t do.

katiejane on January 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I agree with Beck conceptually, regarding the choice not to lower oneself to the behavior of the Left. And frankly, many commenters here are no better than the worst dregs at DKos with their foul-mouthed bile.

However, I take note that Beck clearly said that he does not know MHP. Having been exposed to several of her segments via this site, I can say that the anti-Romney intent of this story was clear, and it was disgusting. Of course it isn’t aimed at the child directly, the Left doesn’t even have the ability to realize that it is the child who is harmed. They are just doing what they do, just as they did and still do with Sarah Palin’s family. Make fun of anything that you can see. It doesn’t matter if it’s a perfectly normal thing like moose-hunting in Alaska, or adopting a foreign child.

Being insulting and demeaning is an end for its own sake among the intelligentsia of the Left, and it cannot so easily be forgiven. Her apology was as close as I’ve seen to sincere from any liberal, but it still wasn’t real. The thing that was done which was wrong, was done with intent. It was not an accidental offense. An apology that recognized this, with an attendant claim to never indulge in such again simply for the purpose of kicking someone on the other side and laughing about it, that apology I might believe. What we got was boilerplate with some tears.

Of course the ever-gracious Gov. Romney accepted it, and I suppose that their shared faith brings Beck to support the broader acceptance of the apology. Good for him. But no thanks, Glenn. MHP and every other employee of MSNBC needs to be called out for every rudely unkind thing needlessly said.

Freelancer on January 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

“Lay off MHP”? Seriously? Nah. I’d rather take the low road and hammer her for what she said. At some point in time, she may come to realize that people actually ARE accountable for the their own actions, and that it is not always someone else’s fault, despite what all her “progressive” buddies tell her.

If she can make that jump in logic, accepting personal accountability and responsibility, based on this incredible race-riddled gaffe, it may be her first step in becoming more conservative and less bigoted.

Glenn’s got it wrong. Hold her accountable and remind her often.

NoPain on January 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Liberals never give anyone a pass, so why should conservatives?

zoyclem on January 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Why is he orange?

joey24007 on January 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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