CNBC Reporter Apologizes If He Offended Cruz: I Chose ‘Mexican Music’ to Represent Texas

Tony Lee, Breitbart, October 23, 2013

The left-leaning CNBC economics reporter who asked for “Mexican music” to be played on Tuesday when an image of Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX), who is partly of Cuban descent, came on the screen apologized “if” his “remarks were insensitive.”

On Wednesday, Steve Liesman also claimed that he only meant to choose music that represented the state of Texas when calling for “Mexican music” to be played on Tuesday’s Squawk Box.


On the show on Tuesday, Liesman said, “We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report. These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.” After Cruz’s picture came on the screen, he then said: “Can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”


“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,” he claimed. “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.”


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  • Unemployment….NOT in any way caused by the incumbent President. But it IS entirely caused by a sitting U.S. Senator who has been in office for nine months.

    • Sick of it

      They never blame the regulations or taxes for our situation either. Nor free trade agreements. Nor outsourcing.

  • MekongDelta69

    Ted Cruz (no matter what you may personally think of him), has a spine.

    Steve Liesman (no matter what you may personally think of him), is just another in a huge line of guilt-ridden, self-loathing, Birkenstock-wearing, spineless, weenie, leftists.

    • Did you see what happened over the weekend?

      Fresh off the heels of the Razatards showing off in front of Kris Kobach’s house, some kook tweeted Ted Cruz’s home address and tried to gather people to protest in front of his house.

      I looked up the address, and it turns out it’s a high rise condo building not far from downtown Houston. So fail that. They wouldn’t even get past lobby security.

      Eventually, lamer con sites were able to link the person who did the tweet to his Facebook account, and it turns out to be some black loon who, true to the adage that you can’t pour a gallon full of knowledge into a shot glass of a brain, evidently gets all his information from MSNBC and Kos but half pays attention. I think he lunatic rants on his Thugbook page were all a front for the fact that since a black is President, that he thinks that everyone should bow down to him. They all bow down to the Big Chief, so why shouldn’t everyone?

  • Jefferson

    How can he mistake Ted Cruz for a Mexican when he looks Whiter than the vast majority of Mexicans.

    The typical average Mexican looks significantly more Amerindian than Ted Cruz.

    • Bossman

      Ted Cruz is half Cuban and half Irish American and he was born in Canada. Culturally speaking, he’s very much of an Anglo-American.

  • Jesse James

    It is funny when these guys trip over their own PC speech code.

  • Alfred the Great

    I’m a Texan first and I don’t listen to Mexican music. And Mexican music ain’t popular in the Greatest State of Texas. By the way, I am tired of journalists not capitalizing the word state when they write about a State. The word should be capitalized. It is just more deemphasizing of the States. In other words, the States don’t mean anything.

  • DailyKenn

    Then he should have played Texan music.

    These people are nuts. On one hand they want to celebrate diversity and then they apologize for acknowledging another’s ethnic heritage.

    • blight14

      Alas Kenn, Liesman is in the ‘uber protected’ class of agitators…..he is teflon coated and cannot be criticized in any manner. B

  • blight14

    “He (Steve Liesman) moved to Moscow, Russia in August 1992 as founding business editor of the Moscow Times, the first English-language daily newspaper in Russia. He created the Moscow Times Index, the first stock index in Russia.”

    -Hmmmm, a veritable ‘homecoming’ of sorts…………….