Dear Mr Leisman: Cruz is Cuban and the jobs report is pre-shutdown

Steve Leisman of CNBC had a very embarassing moment today:

“There was a brief moment of awkwardness on CNBC Tuesday morning when, during a discussion of the weak jobs report and Senator Ted Cruz, reporterSteve Liesman asked for some “Mexican music” to be played while they talked about Cruz.

Liesman said, “We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report. These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.”

When a picture of Cruz appeared on the screen, he continued, “Can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”

There was also some music briefly playing for a few seconds before immediately being cut.”

Leisman is wrong on two counts:

First, and less important, the reference to Mexican music misses the point that Senator Cruz is Cuban American.  I’m not worked up about this but there is a double standard in the media.  Would he have said “play Mexican music” if he was talking about a Mexican American Democrat?  My guess is no!

Second, and very important, the jobs report is all pre-shutdown:

“September’s report predates the culmination of the most recent fiscal showdown, whose effects are more likely to be found in the October employment report.”

So Mr Leisman got the wrong music and bad analysis of the numbers.

The jobs report was very weak.    We created a lousy 148,000 jobs but the big story that 10 millions have now dropped out of the labor force.

We are in the 5th year of the Obama stimulus and we have very little to show for the $847 billion spent.

Forget the music.  It’s the policies!


7 thoughts on “Dear Mr Leisman: Cruz is Cuban and the jobs report is pre-shutdown”

  1. It seems like it is okay by the so-called news media to bash cuban-american conservative politicians, Bill Press, Univision, MSNBC, just to name a few.

  2. We’re the one group that it’s okay to bash and be as racist as can be against. Taking Silvio Canto’s point about the media never daring to play Mexican music when referring to a Mexican-American politician, imagine if someone on TV is derisively talking about a black congressman and he plays the Theme from Shaft or if he’s talking about a Jewish senator and he plays Hava Nagila, or if he is talking about a gay politician and he mockingly plays the Village People’s YMCA in he background.

    By the way, I’m sure that douchbag Leisman knows that Cruz is not Mexican, but it was his way of being further derisive, not that being Mexican is derogatory, but you get the picture.

  3. I wish Mexican Americans would come out in great numbers to protest this slur and ask that this person be removed from his position for his lack of sensitivity.

  4. Honey, I agree, but alas, I was looking for some outrage in the social media websites, and I couldn’t find any from the normally hypersensitive la-teeno groups. I guess the fact that Cruz is conservative and of Cuban ancestry and Leisman is “liberal” makes it okay.

  5. Can you imagine if a conservative talking about a black politician suggested playing some African tribal music?

  6. Honey, “Latinos” have read the memo and swallowed it whole. Like Ray says, as long as it’s a Cuban-American getting dumped on, it’s a non-issue.

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