VIDEO: CNBC wants Mexican Music in the background as Host Blames Ted Cruz for poor Jobs report.
The Daily Caller said:
On Tuesday morning’s CNBC Squawk Box, senior economics reporter Steve Liesman blamed the weak jobs report on Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He said, “We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report. These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.” As CNBC showed a picture of Cruz, Liesman added, “There he is! There he is! Can we get some music to go along with that, some Mexican music maybe?”
Only problem… well first the Jobs report was for September (before the shutdown) so it couldn’t possibly be the Ted Cruz Jobs Report, oh and Cruz is not Mexican, he is from Cuban descendants.
I know folks get tired of this… but lets pretend for a moment that this was a story about President Obama and CNBC asked to cue some African Music? the apology tour would never end!
UPDATE: Mere moments after Politisite (and others) posted this story, CNBC’s Steve Liesman issued an apology. While the apology is warranted and appropriate, we think that CNBC and Liesman waited until there was outrage over his comments before he issued an apology. So from where we stand, Liesman did not issue an apology out of distress of conscience but rather distress of potential repercussions from his actions.
Having said that, we have posted the full apology so our readers can decide. We would like to point out, however, that Liesman did not clarify that Cruz actions in the Senate had nothing to do with the September jobs report. The shutdown jobs report will be revealed on the first week of November.
Steve Liesman issues an apology to Senator Ted Cruz
Regarding my recent remark on Squawk Box regarding Senator Ted Cruz, I first want to deeply and sincerely apologize if my remarks were offensive.
Second, I want to explain that it was not intended to be racist in any way.
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.
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.