An MSNBC news host who said that children belong to communities
, not their parents, during a promotional spot for her show, has generated a backlash from two conservative commentators, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.
"We have never invested as much in public education as we should have," anchor Melissa Harris-Perry says in the ad, "because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: 'Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.' We haven't had a very collective notion of 'these are our children.'
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"So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities."
Glenn Beck, a former Fox News talk show host, shot back on the The Blaze TV, saying the promo spot was not a gaffe.
"My kids do not belong to me. My kids are not my kids. They are the community's kids. I can look to the state to also take that responsibility," he said.
"This is something that everybody worked on," Beck said. "Nobody on the crew really said, 'That's not that crazy of a notion that my kids don't belong to me.'
"This idea is going to be so appealing to so many people," Beck said. "So many people are going to say, 'I don't know what to do with my kids. I don't know how to parent them. And so the state will relieve them of that. I think that there's a good 20 to 30 percent of America…will gladly have the state take that over so they don't have to worry about it."
The United States already spends more money per student than any other country in the world, according to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report sourced in a Mediaite story.
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