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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry offers tearful on-air apology for segment on Mitt Romney's black grandson

Harris-Perry used the first few minutes of her Saturday morning show to speak directly to her audience about the incident.

"Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment," Harris-Perry said. "So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family."

As she continued, her voice cracked and Harris-Perry fought to regain composure.

“Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits. For that, I am sorry,” she said.

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