UPDATE: MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized Tuesday for the remarks made about Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson. You can read more about it here.
CNN host Don Lemon is not giving MSNBC a pass for mocking Mitt Romney’s family photo, which featured his adopted black grandson. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel apparently thought the black child being pictured alongside the white family was hysterical.
See our original story here.
Lemon argued that there would have been plenty of outrage if Fox News hosts had put on the exact same segment and even slammed MSNBC as an echo chamber that doesn’t allow any kind of diversity in opinion.
“If someone on Fox [said], ‘one of these things is not like the other,’ to a black baby in a white family, what do you think would happen?” Lemon asked Marc Lamont Hill.
Hill argued that the MSNBC panel didn’t make fun the baby, but rather Romney and the Republican Party. He said it wasn’t the best joke, but also wasn’t “inappropriate.”
Lemon then set his sights on MSNBC as a network, saying former Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens had a point when he called the network “a club where the smug go to exchange hateful opinions and reassure each other it’s acceptable.”
Though Hill had nothing but praise for Harris-Perry, even he admitted that “pockets” of MSNBC can sometimes be “smug and condescending.”
“But a bunch of people on the left who all agree with each other and there’s no diversity of opinion…and saying mean, smug things about people who may disagree with them,” Lemon pressed.
Watch the segment via CNN below:
Also, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher chronicles some of the “apologies” the MSNBC panel made following the backlash the segment sparked, here.