“Look guys, I wasn’t really trying to prove Cruz wasn’t authentically Hispanic, ok?”
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:
My apology regarding a recent interview with Senator Ted Cruz. http://t.co/unovSDhchw
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) May 11, 2015
The text of the apology reads:
Sen. Cruz, who handled the whole ordeal with impressive graciousness, made the following statement late today:
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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