It's official. As of this week, MSNBC no longer needs to apologize for any content it puts out.
The left-leaning outlet's website sent out a tweet Wednesday night linking to a Cheerios advertisement that features an interracial family. "Maybe the rightwing will hate it," the tweet said, "but everyone else will go awww."
Some conservatives who saw the tweet immediately started sending out photos of their own mixed-race families with the hashtag #MyRightWingBiracialFamily. MSNBC apologized for the offending tweet, saying it "does not reflect msnbc's position."
But it does.
Over the course of just the last year, MSNBC has had to issue apologies for a host of things. Alec Baldwin for using an anti-gay slur. Martin Bashir for saying something gross about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. And Melissa Harris-Perry for a segment on her show that mocked Mitt Romney having an adopted black grandson.
That last one happened less than a month ago.
And so it is with its latest controversy, MSNBC's entire operation has been reduced to something resembling a liberal blog authored by over-eager college students.
Nobody asks inexperienced, idealistic college students to apologize for stupid things they say. The bar is set low for them on purpose. MSNBC doesn't need to apologize for becoming that.