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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’

romney fox news sundayMitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former Presidential candidate said on “Fox News Sunday” this morning.

“I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that, I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, and they’ve apologized for this, and we can go on from there.”

When Chris Wallace pressed for further reaction, Romney said, “People like me are fair targets. If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that’s beyond the line. And I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology and I think for that reason we hold no ill-will whatsoever.”

Romney’s comments come on the heels of an on-air apology by Harris-Perry, who teared up while addressing the comments on her show yesterday. “My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry,” she said.

Howard Kurtz Asks If MSNBC Developing ‘Culture’ of ‘Harsh Personal Attacks’

KurtzFoxnewsIn a column for Foxnews.com, “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz delves into MSNBC’s recent string of “rude and crude”comments made by Melissa Harris-Perry and former hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin.

Prefacing his column as not just a Fox attack on MSNBC—citing friendly relations with several at the network—Kurtz asks if the network has developed a culture where “harsh personal attacks” are encouraged.

If there is a theme to these episodes, it is a view of Republicans and conservatives as so mean-spirited, hard-hearted and clueless that just about any rhetoric against them can be justified.

What was striking to me was that MSNBC did nothing but issue a tepid statement until Bashir resigned under pressure nearly three weeks later. But he had a telling line in his apology, saying that “the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be and a miserable person to become.”

Now comes Melissa Harris-Perry and her MSNBC panel, mocking a Mitt Romney family photo because, amid a sea of white faces, Romney’s adopted black grandson was on his knee. This falls more in the category of racially insensitive jokes than personal attacks, but why shouldn’t the family be praised rather than ridiculed for the adoption? Instead a defenseless baby was made into a symbol of the GOP’s lack of diversity.

Harris-Perry apologized to the Romney family on Twitter and on MSNBC.com.

Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Poking Fun at Romney Family Photo

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized this morning via Twitter for her show poking fun at a Romney family photo that included his recently adopted African-American grandchild.

She’s also written a more formal apology on MSNBC.com.

The offensive comments came on her show Sunday when Harris-Perry and her panel played a caption contest with a Romney family photo. One panelist pointed out the Romney’s African-American grandchild Kieran standing out among a majority of white grandchildren by singing lines from the Sesame Street song: “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others.” Read more

‘Now’ to Produce Female Power Hour

alex wagner“Now with Alex Wagner” is having an all women’s hour today for its second annual “Women in Leadership” show.

“As far as women have come — both politically and socially — the fundamental issue of equality still remains,” Wagner told TVNewser.

“Economically, women are still earning far less than their male counterparts, despite the fact that they are, increasingly, the breadwinners in the American family,” she continued, adding that while women make up over half of the country they’re still vastly under-represented.

On today’s show at NoonET, Wagner will interview House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, MSNBC colleague Melissa Harris Perry, comedian Lizz Winstead, former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and more.

Last year’s debut of the series was nominated for a 2013 TV Emmy in the outstanding news discussion and analysis category.

MSNBC To Broadcast From Essence Festival

MSNBC will broadcast live from The Essence Festival July 4 weekend. The channel is bringing a good chunk of its on-air talent to the festival, which celebrates African American culture and music.

Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, Tamron Hall, Joy-Ann Reid, Toure, and Mara Schiavocampo will all be attendance, with live editions of many of their shows originating live from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

“As you know, MSNBC over the last few years has changed, and we are really making an effort to reflect this country in the 21st century, and I am not sure that there are many news and information outlets really doing that, I think most of them are stuck in the 20th century,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said at an event to announce the partnership Thursday evening. “We are taking a huge team [to the festival], because this is so important to us. This fits with who we want to be, and what we are about.”

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Melissa Harris-Perry Talks Politics, Terrorism and Charles Ramsey

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry was on FX’s “Totally Biased” on Thursday, where she talked to host W. Kamau Bell about the Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey, and of course politics.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Promo About Raising Children ‘Collectively’ Becomes News

MSNBC released another of its Lean Forward promos, this time featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend show on the network. The promo features Harris-Perry talking about society raising children “collectively”:

The promo did exactly what a good promo should: it got everyone talking about it. Former Fox News contributor Sarah Palin commented on it multiple times. It has spread virally online, to both conservative and liberal websites, and Fox News has ran no fewer than five segments on the ad, according to TVEyes. Five segments about a 30 second ad for a competing network.

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State of the Union Coverage: MSNBC

MSNBC’s State of the Union coverage, anchored by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews, begins at 8pmET Tuesday night. Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, as well as Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry.

Matthews will anchor an additional live hour from 12am-1amET. More from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Wallace, Kelly, Harris-Perry Crack ‘Elle’ TV Power List

Elle magazine has released its 2013 “Powerful Women in TV” power list, and three TV news faces made the cut.

Representing behind the scenes, NBC News senior VP Alex Wallace made the list. On-camera, Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly was featured, as was MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry. Other women on the list incude MTV programming chief Susanne Daniels and comedian Whitney Cummings.

You can check out the full power list here.

Inauguration 2013: MSNBC Coverage Plans

MSNBC’s coverage of President Obama’s second inauguration kicks off on Sunday with “Up with Chris Hayes” and “Melissa Harris-Perry,” both of which will be live from Washington, DC. Chuck Todd anchors coverage of the private swearing-in ceremony at 11:50amET; Alex Witt will take over at 12:30pmET.

On Monday, “Morning Joe” will broadcast from The Dubliner from 5:30-10amET. Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton will anchor from 10am-4pmET. The anchors will host their respective primetime shows from D.C.

More from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

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