On Tuesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow began discussing her show’s new web page with a segment titled, “Tired of all this tough love?”
The segment was meant to illustrate the need for parents to be more aware of the dangers of “tough-love” approaches to child rearing.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Maddow said, “I’m a little tired of the ‘toughen up’ rhetoric.
We need to be mindful of what’s going on, how it’s going to be interpreted.
And we need to have some very thoughtful conversations about how do we try to balance that and also not be too punitive.”
The segment is part of the MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”
The new site features a new photo of a toddler with the words “Tough love” scrawled across it.
The photo is a reference to the controversial “tougher love” policies of the Bush administration that were later adopted by the Obama administration.
In the clip, Maddows interviewee, a “toddling mom” who has a newborn in tow, is seen crying while holding the toddler on her lap.
A young boy sits on the couch next to her.
Both the toddler and the boy are smiling and laughing.
When Hayes asked Maddow if she was concerned about what would happen if the “troubled” toddler and her baby got into a physical altercation, Maddo replied, “No, I’m not worried.
No, I don’t think so.
Because the kids will be safe.
We have a very protective system here at the White House.”
The “trough” line from Maddow’s interview was also highlighted by MSNBC’s host Chris Hayes.
Hayes asked, “Why don’t you use the ‘naughty’ language?
The term ‘troublesome?’
It’s the ‘bad words.'”
Maddow replied, “[T]here is an assumption that if you say the word ‘trough,’ people think you’re going to hurt the child.
And I’m just saying this as someone who has children who are very protective.
We don’t have a lot of physical contact with them.”
Maddow also discussed a video on her MSNBC show where a woman is shown telling her daughter that “you are always going to have a problem.
You are always always going in the same place, and there are always people around who are trying to make you feel uncomfortable.”
The woman says that she would “never tell her to stop.”
The video ends with the woman saying, “You’re the one who is supposed to feel safe, and you have to be brave enough to say, ‘No, no, no.'”
The segment was one of several MSNBC segments featuring “tears of joy” and other tears of joy during the week.
MSNBC host Al Sharpton and former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka were also featured on the show.
“It is so refreshing to see MSNBC and MSNBC’s sister network CNN not only celebrating the ‘new normal’ but using it to highlight the plight of America’s children,” said Jessica Rosenblum, director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“The reality is that many of the policies and programs that were adopted by our government and the federal courts have made our children far more vulnerable, and we should be commended for taking a hard look at the impact of those policies and trying to balance the good with the bad.”
Rosenblum added that the “unhappy tears” that accompany MSNBC’s programs should be “seen in the context of the other emotional reactions we have to these policies and policies we have embraced in the past, when people were struggling to adjust to their new normal.
And to have those tears and happy tears in a place where they were not being seen was truly refreshing.”
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