Cruz is Cuban-American, not “Mexican,” but why let a detail like that get in the way?
The moron apologized, in a halfhearted “if I was insensitive” non-apology sort of way, and tried to explain that he was calling for Mexican music, not because Cruz is a Latino, but because he is from Texas, and hey. Mexican music, Texas? They go hand in hand, amirite?
A CNBC reporter who made off-color comments about Sen. Ted Cruz and “Mexican music” issued an apology Wednesday.
“Regarding my recent remark on Squawk Box regarding Senator Ted Cruz, I first want to deeply and sincerely apologize if my remarks were insensitive,” CNBC on-air reporter Steve Liesman said in a written statement. “Second, I want to explain that it was not intended to be offensive in any way.”
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“I thought of him only as an American senator from Texas, and in an attempt, on the fly, to choose music representing that state, I chose Mexican music,” Liesman said in his apology. “As a musician for many decades, I’ve played and listened to tons of Texas songs infused with Mexican themes. A better choice would have been Country/Western or Texas Roadhouse Blues — it was a bad reach all the way around.”
Given how leftists employ fake outrage any time they can stretch the truth to call a conservative a bigot, it’s tempting to discount any such statement and strike a pose of deep hurt feelings over the lefty racisms. But the fact is, I have no idea whether this guy is telling the truth or not, and if he is, it’s not fair to slam him as prejudiced because he didn’t think through the way that his comments could be interpreted as an ethnic slam.
Two points, though.
First, although it’s now a cliche to say you know a conservative would be treated worse if he did the same thing . . . you know a conservative would be treated worse if he did the same thing.
Second, it certainly would be nice, wouldn’t it, if any lefty who buys this dude’s explanation were to use the occasion to take a step back and reconsider the whole “let’s fly into a fake pose of outrage whenever it benefits our political side” kabuki that this country is so obsessed with.
I don’t expect that to happen, of course. Intellectual dishonesty, hypocrisy, and inconsistency in service of partisanship is too ingrained in the grooves of our mental processes these days.
So, if you’re on the left, excuse this. If you’re on the right, slam the guy. And get ready to flip the next time the same situation arises and the political tables are turned. It’s the American way!