CNBC Host Apologizes for his Cruz–Mexican Music Comment

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Yesterday, CNBC’s Steve Liesman, made a moronic remark asking for “Mexican music” to accompany a picture of Senator Ted Cruz as the hosts were discussing the upcoming jobs report and blaming Cruz for unemployment numbers because of the shutdown. 

And then Liesman apologized:

Regarding my recent remark on Squawk Box regarding Senator Ted Cruz, I first want to deeply and sincerely apologize if my remarks were insensitive.

If? He continues. . .

Second, I want to explain that it was not intended to be offensive 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.

This is a new one. Some of my favorite songs are by Tex-Mex musicians, so I can’t be offensive?