Oh boy. I guess you can get away with this if you’re doing it to conservatives. But imagine if someone had done an interview in 2008 with a half-white crusading liberal candidate who grew up in Hawaii, testing him to prove he was authentically African American?
Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin recently had a list of condescending questions for Sen. Ted Cruz, a standard journalism “gotcha” scam designed to hopefully come up with some hell-raising gaffe that will destroy a politician and elevate an oh-so-clever-clever reporter.
Among Halperin’s probing questions:
“You got a favorite Cuban food, Cuban dish?”
“You have a favorite Cuban singer?”
“Finally, I want to give you a chance to welcome your colleague, Sen. Sanders, to the race, and I want you to do it, if you would , En español.”
“I’m gonna stick to English,” Cruz responded.
Hmm. I’m Jewish. If I ever run for office, I’m going to stay away from Mark Halperin lest he ask me what goes on a bagel.
As for my favorite Cuban food, that’s easy. It’s the delicious Cuba Libre.