CNBC’s Steve Liesman made an offhand crack Tuesday about freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and “Mexican music” that has some saying he went too far. “We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report,” Liesman said in reference to Tuesday’s unemployment report. "These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz.” An image of Cruz appeared on the CNBC studio screens, prompting Liesman to say, “Can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”
Liesman's remarks would have been out of bounds even if Cruz was a Mexican-American. But he's not. Cruz was born in Canada and is of Cuban descent, his father fled the island for the U.S. in the 1950s.
We can debate Cruz's political positions, but let's leave the stereotyping out of it.