Batman and Robin re-enact the Halperin-Cruz interview pic.twitter.com/oNCzoB1aCQ— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2015
My apology regarding a recent interview with Senator Ted Cruz. http://t.co/unovSDhchw— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) May 11, 2015
We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach to Latino voters the day after he spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My intent was to give the Senator a chance to speak further about his heritage and personal connections to the community through some casual uestions. ! rushed through the uestions" and that was a mistake # it led to poor tone and timing. ! also understand why some felt the uestions were inappropriate. $s for asking Senator Cruz to welcome Senator Sanders to the race in Spanish" that was meant to be the type of light%hearted banter that he&s done with us before on the show. !n no way was ! asking Senator Cruz to 'prove( he was an 'authentic( Latino. ! apologize to those that were offended" and to Senator Cruz. ! promise that ! will work to make the tone and uestions better ne)t time.
'Taking the high road': Ted Cruz responds to Mark Halperin's so-called 'apology' http://t.co/KzdkTAxA0i— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) May 11, 2015
Halperin apologizes to Cruz ONLINE for ON-AIR Racism http://t.co/kgrAmDf9Y0— Craig Bannister (@CraigBBannister) May 11, 2015
Watch Mark Halperin's ghastly Cuban authenticity interrogation of Ted Cruz [video] http://t.co/EtpPQMH3gR— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) May 10, 2015
Watching Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics interview Cruz recently, I wasn't just uncomfortable. I was actually nauseated.
As a journalist, I felt embarrassed for Halperin. As a Hispanic, I felt like I was watching a college fraternity have fun with racial stereotypes, like when staging a "border party" where people show up in serapes and fake mustaches. And as someone who doesn't adhere to a party line to the point where I've been accused of being a "coconut" (white on the inside, brown on the outside), I was furious enough to -- as Sarah Palin once said approvingly about Cruz -- chew barbed wire and spit out rust....
He told Cruz that people are curious about his "identity." Then, the host asked a series of questions intended to establish his guest's Hispanic bona fides. What kind of Cuban food did Cruz like to eat growing up? And what sort of Cuban music does Cruz listen to even now?
I've known Ted for more than a decade and I could tell he was uncomfortable. But he played along, listing various kinds of Cuban food and saying that his musical taste veers more toward country.
I kept waiting for Halperin to ask Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing salsa and sipping cafe con leche -- all to prove the Republican is really Cuban.
Just when I thought I'd seen the worst, it got even more offensive. Earlier that day, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, had entered the presidential race. So, Halperin said: "I want to give you the opportunity to directly welcome your colleague Sen. Sanders to the race, and I'd like you to do it, if you would, en español."
What nerve, treating a U.S. senator like a trained seal! Who does this guy think he is, trying to evaluate how well a Hispanic speaks Spanish? And what does that have to do with being authentic anyway? ◼ Ruben Navarrette in the Mercury News: KEEP READING
"Sen. Cruz, what part of La Bamba was your favorite?" #MarkHalperinQuestions— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) May 9, 2015
Senator Cruz, Julio or Enrique Iglesias? Please, answer in Mexican, Señor Cruz? #MarkHalperinQuestions— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 9, 2015
"Sen. Cruz, the President of the United States makes $400,000 a year. How about you convert that to pesos for us?" #MarkHalperinQuestions— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) May 9, 2015
Actually, check out @MarkHalperin's Twitter feed right now. Apparently, when you rank GOP candidates, darker skin color = less substance.— Moe Lane (@moelane) May 9, 2015