Andrew Kirell, Mediaite:
Sadly, the interview went largely unnoticed until Mercury-News columnist (and former CNN contributor) Ruben Navarrette pointed out the absurdities, writing on Saturday: “As a Hispanic, I felt like I was watching a college fraternity have fun with racial stereotypes, like when staging a ‘border party’ where people show up in serapes and fake mustaches.”
Following that opinion column, conservative media outlets tore into Halperin. What a “train wreck” of an interview, wrote HotAir’s Jazz Shaw. “Asking Cruz to say something in Spanish is akin to asking a black person to eat watermelon or start dancing,” PJ Media’s Rick Moran asserted, with the hidden headline: “Mark Halperin, bigot.” NewsBusters, Twitchy, and The Daily Caller all got in on the fun as well. Conservative video group Digitas Daily collected all the worst moments in a short clip.
But, wait, there’s more — and from decidedly non-conservative media: Washington Post‘s Philip Bump made the case that the “cringey” interview is all part of Halperin’s schlocky primary analysis. “We give Halperin a D on style and an F on substance,” Bump joked, referencing the Bloomberg analyst’s baffling use of letter grades.
And over at ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser did not hold back, awarding the interview a mock-prize for “The Most Racist Interview of a 2016 Candidate.” Congrats!