Yesterday, a video released by Digitas Daily featured a condensed version of Bloomberg host Mark Halperin conducting a super creepy interview with Sen. Ted Cruz.

In a series of bizarre questions, Halperin grilled Sen. Cruz on his Cubaness.

The interview was so bad, the left-wing group Think Progress condemned it as, “the most racist interview of a 2016 candidate.” Think Progress came to the same conclusion as many on the right: Halperin seemed determined to get Cruz on the record about the minutia of his Hispanic heritage.

Facing the wrath of the Internet, Mark Halperin released an apology today:

The text of the apology reads:

mark halperin apology to ted cruz for racist weird awkward interview bloomberg

Sen. Cruz, who handled the whole ordeal with impressive graciousness, made the following statement late today:

Mark Halperin is a serious and fair-minded journalist. Today he kindly issued an apology for some silly questions he…

Posted by Ted Cruz on Monday, May 11, 2015

Though the interview was cringeworthy, props to Halperin for apologizing. It was the right thing to do.

Judging by what we’ve witnessed so far, the 2016 race will likely be a completely different ball game for the talking heads who think they can score cheap points on GOP contenders a la 2012. Not only are candidates more comfortable holding firm boundaries with intrusive press (see media maestro Carly Fiorina for example), but the politically active public is less willing to offer a pass to media intentionally seeking to railroad the GOP’s best and brightest.

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