In her new "Lean Forward" ad, the MSNBC host argues that the U.S. should invest more in public education. "We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children ... We haven't had a very collective notion of 'these are our children,'" she says in the ad. "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."
Last week, conservative media watchdog Newsbusters criticized Harris-Perry's ad for its notion of collective responsibility. Newsbusters' Ken Shepherd wrote that "the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao."
Shepherd was not alone in his dissatisfaction. On Saturday, Sarah Palin tweeted about her criticism of the ad:
UPDATE 4:15 p.m. -- Members of the conservative media attacked Harris-Perry throughout Monday, including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Updated: 04/08/2013 5:51 pm EDT
The Daily Caller's Jeff Poor reported that Limbaugh called Harris-Perry's comments were "as old as communist genocide." The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported that Beck characterized Harris-Perry's comments as "My kids do not belong to me. My kids are not my kids. They’re the community kids."
Watch Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC "Lean Forward" ad in the video above and Limbaugh's comments in the clip below.