MSNBC has mastered the art of the apology. From Alec Baldwin to Martin Bashir to the tearful apology of Melissa Harris-Perry toward the Romney family for her twisted mocking of interracial adoption (if not adoption in general;) apologizing for things said "on-the-air" has become the rule at the network of the organized vocal minority. But, as a society, we need to get past the concept of the apology and its acceptance as the goal. Apologies are cheap in today's America, and so are the vast majority of those who give them up like beads at Mardi Gras.
As a recap: On her program, Harris-Perry showed a picture of Mitt and Ann Romney with their grandchildren - 21 in all! - including their adopted grandson Kieran. Kieran is black. Harris-Perry herself comes from a mixed race family (her mother was white, and she grew up in a Mormon household.) With her "panel" (which can loosely be described as a collection of "Who?" and "Why is this person on my tv" and "They're not funny" and "What's on TV Land because this crap is totally unwatchable" and "Has anyone seen my razor blades?") she decided to ask them what they thought about the photo.
The first response from the "panel" was the singing of the Sesame Street classic, "One of these things is not like the other." It's true. They're not a family. They're not grandparents and grandchildren. They're not a collection of 22 kids. Nope. This is MSNBC looking at the photo. "They're white, with a token black child guaranteed to make sure the Romney's can't be assailed by the political Left anymore. Why else would they allow this adoption?" the panel clearly expressed.
The panel then went in to the obligatory attacks on the GOP, but none of that matters. This what MSNBC does - their ideology has supplanted their humanity, and there is not one producer or executive who has the will, want or desire to bring the humanity back. They like hate.
The backlash against Harris-Perry and the panel was severe. Some of the panel apologized during the week. On her program one week later, Harris-Perry apologized with choked-back tears. Mitt Romney, when asked about the apology, said clearly, "I think her apology was clearly heartfelt, and we accept that."
Of course he did. Mitt Romney also accepted that he shouldn't pummel President Obama on Benghazi in the second and third debate.
What good is the apology? What's the value of it? Melissa Harris-Perry didn't apologize on her own accord, out of her own decency and recognition of a poorly turned phrase or the insensitivity and ignorance of her panel. She apologized because she suffered through a week of insults and rants on Twitter and tons of bad press.