Chris Matthews is sorry. He said so. And that should be enough, right?
The story that prompted this post can be found here. Mr. Matthews, while in the process of disparaging Republican Presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, decided to refer to them as “Cubans.” I knew Matthews was ignorant on many things, but I had no idea he didn’t understand that people with different heritages can, in fact be Americans.
After all, there are so many hyphenated Americans that I thought such a thing was common knowledge. (African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic-Americans, etc.). I know Mr. Matthews hasn’t been asleep for the past twenty years because I’ve seen his face and heard other remarks as recently as 2014, when the election results came in, and he realized that the majority of American legs didn’t tingle the way his did.
So why did he say this?
“Who’s going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys?” he asked on his show Tuesday night. “Who’s going to watch a debate between Rubio, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz? Who cares?”
I guess we’ll never know, because he said he was sorry. Chris Matthews is of the protected class. He and other SJW Media figures can disparage anyone they want, as long as the person is hated by the Left. The only reason Matthews apologized was because the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, called him out in a letter.
Carlos Gimenez, the Cuban-born Republican mayor of Miami-Dade County, wrote the MSNBC anchor Thursday to object to Matthews’ comment earlier this week that Thursday night’s GOP primary debate would be boring without Donald Trump.
“Who’s going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys?” Matthews said on his Hardball show Tuesday night.
He was referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Neither is Gimenez’s candidate — he’s backing Jeb Bush — but the mayor nevertheless told Matthews he was “deeply offended.”
Below is the letter.
After receiving this message from Mayor Giminez, Chris Matthews said he was sorry.
Even though the mayor didn’t ask for an apology. How very thoughtful of him. Now he can move on to his next target, since again, he is protected from any ramifications.
Others are not so lucky, and remarks such as the one made by Matthews can cause great sorrow and distress in their lives. Sometimes the wrong word, remark or political position can even cost someone their livelihood. (See here, and here).
What would happen (hypothetically, since no real journalist, pundit or any human being with integrity or compassion would ever do it) if someone with their own nationally televised cable TV show made a similar remark about the Democratic presidential candidates? Something like: Why would anyone tune in to the debate just to see two old white socialists?
We all know exactly what would happen, don’t we? The person who made such a remark would be vilified, they would receive hate mail, their children would be mocked and their families trashed, they’d be suspended the next day, and most likely would be forced to resign. That’s the way Leftists roll when they decide on a target.
But Chris Matthews? Nah. He said he was sorry. That will suffice, because he disparages all the right people. To the Leftist media, the fact that countless Americans of Cuban descent were hurt by his callousness is simply collateral damage, something to be expected during the transformation of America.
I agree that Matthews is sorry. He’s a sorry excuse for a journalist.