Don Lemon is not too happy with his competitors over at MSNBC, especially Melissa Harris-Perry. On Sunday, Perry’s MSNBC panel laughed at Mitt Romney’s family photo with his lone black grandchild. “One of these things is not like the other,” a female guest sang as the others, including Perry, laughed.
The panel of guests, most of whom were white, ridiculed the child, saying the scene depicted that of the Republican Party.
But CNN doesn’t find the situation funny. “I’m not even sure what the threshold anymore is for MSNBC going too far,” said Ana Navarro, a contributor. “I did find it in absolutely bad taste. I think there is nothing funny about adoption, regardless of the color of the baby, regardless of the color of the family. At this time of year we should be celebrating the fact that there are families all over America that open up their hearts to give love to children that need it….Speaking personally, my mother is adopted. There’s all sorts of self-esteem issues that children and adults have. I think it’s just plain old mean. It is a mean segment.”
CNN Contributor, Marc Lamont Hill, disagreed. “There is absolutely a line you shouldn’t cross. The line I think is you don’t make fun of people’s kids, you don’t make fun of people who are adopted, you don’t mock the vulnerable. They didn’t do any of those things.”
This is when Lemon intervened, saying, “But Marc, they used the kid to mock Mitt Romney.”
Marc: “We use everything to mock Mitt Romney. Mocking Mitt Romney is a sport. And everyone mocks Mitt Romney across the aisle, I don’t see anything wrong with that. They also joked about the lack of diversity in the Republican Party. They’re absolutely right about that. …We are making much ado about nothing.”
Again, Lemon intervened. “What if this was on Fox? What if this same segment was on Fox? If someone on Fox saying one of these things is not like the other to a black baby and a white family.”