Mitt Romney accepts Melissa Harris-Perry's apology for grandson joke - video
The controversy began on Sunday (Dec. 29), when panelists on "Melissa Harris-Perry" were making jokes mocking crazy things of 2013. A photo -- the Romney family Christmas card -- came up. In the photo, Romney's adopted grandson, Kieran, was noted as being the only African-American in the large group picture.
They all laughed when one panelist began to sing "One of These Things Is Not Like the Others."
Uproar naturally followed, but fortunately MSNBC and Harris-Perry took responsibility for the segment. In a Saturday (Jan. 4) apology that brought the news host nearly to tears, Harris-Perry apologized repeatedly about the joke and its implications: "My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry."
This apology seems to have been enough for Romney, who addressed the issue when talking to Chris Wallace during the Jan. 5 episode of "Fox News Sunday."
"I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake and they've apologized for it and that's all you can ask for," Romney replied when asked about the issue. "I'm going to move on from that, I'm sure they want to move on from that."
When Wallace pressed for more of a response and showed Romney the interview, the politician reiterated that he was satisfied with the end of the situation. "I think her apology was clearly heartfelt and we accept that," Romney said.
Now that this has been dealt with, the only sad part is how rare such civility is present in television news and politics these days.