Bad press that MSNBC can ill-afford because of all of their apologies. Those of Alec Baldwin, the former host who went on yet another anti-gay screed. And Martin Bashir, who thought it would be right and proper for people to deficate on former Governor Sarah Palin.
Apologies are nothing. Actions are everything. That's not to say that amongst regular people in the normal course of life an apology might not be needed, and accepting it may have a value. And in the case of Romney, you could argue, it was the politically expedient (if not expected) thing to do. But these aren't regular people.
In all cases, no one is going to like everyone all the time, and most people aren't going to like other people near all the time. That's sobering and all together inspiring. You don't have to have everyone like you, and you have to accept the fact that people may not like you - and may be very vocal about it!
Which is why I was refreshed to hear from Natasha Leggero, the so-called comic who, on the NBC New Year's Eve telecast that you didn't watch, made a joke about World War II veterans only being able to eat Spaghetti-o's. It was insulting and ignorant, I agree. The backlash against her was great, and people demanded apologies. But instead of doing so, Leggero wen't the other way.
In a statement on her Tumblr account, Leggero commented:
I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt?
Let me just try instead to be honest. I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.
She could apologize, she chose not to. And, she's right. I mean, she's not funny. She's an untalented dolt who I assume slept her way to the middle. But what good is an apology from her? What does it do for anyone?
And why accept it? What's the gain, except for a moment of moral superiorty that doesn't move the needle?
These disgusting words dont need apology, or firings, as Kurt Schlichter has discussed. What they need are constant discussion and exposure to shame those who say them, and those who follow those who say them. They don't need apologies so the story can go away.
The story of the immature, inhumane antics of NBC properties (and their like-minded fans and followers) should never go away. They should be the focus of discussions and articles and radio and blogs and videos. Their sickening ways should be used as questions for those who support their ideology. Why are you a fan of Melissa Harris-Perry? Are you ok with mocking adopted children? Is your side really in favor of deficating on people? Do people who think like you really hate the Greatest Generation that much?
The questions should be asked until they're answered. That's when you force them to think. That's when you can get them to see reality. That's when you can move the needle. And that's when we win.