When MSNBC’s Hardball anchor Chris Matthews heard that Donald Trump had canceled his appearance in the Republican debate, sponsored by Fox, Matthews said, “Who is going to watch the debate between Rubio — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz?
Who cares? Who is going to watch the debate between “the two Cuban guys.”
Several days later, Matthews issued a weak apology.
In the past, other networks have suspended or at least reprimanded anchors who had insulted ethnic groups on the air.
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MSNBC has not even addressed the issue and has allowed Matthews to continue doing his job with no consequences.
The fact that both Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio have distinguished careers in politics should be sufficient evidence that they are not just two guys.
This is not an endorsement of any candidate.
Whether we agree with their policies or not, they deserve the respect given to any other candidate.
Matthews would not refer to Sen. Bernie Sanders as that “Jewish guy.”
Nor would he call former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “that woman” or refer to Dr. Ben Carson as that “black guy.”
If he ever dared to do that, Matthews would be tarred and feathered.
The national media would come out in droves to criticize someone for hiding behind the First Amendment right of free speech to insult a presidential candidate’s religion or sex, or in this case national origin.
Facts About Cuban Exiles (FACE) is an organization designed to respond to attacks on the Cuban American community.
FACE also combats all forms of bigotry and discrimination.
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