Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, apologized to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for the network’s stereotype-laden Cinco de Mayo segment, reports Deadline.com.
“I apologize to everybody in this room for what took place on May 5,” Griffin said. He called the segment an embarrassment to the network and himself. He also noted that TV news networks in general cover Europe and Asian news more than Central and South American, but that “the forces of history are going to overwhelm what’s going on. I want to embrace this change.”
The Cinco de Mayo segment had been criticized by the NAHJ. It included “Way Too Early” host Thomas Roberts talking about the origins of the holiday, while a producer wore a sombrero, shook maracas and pretended to drink tequila. A few days after the segment, the network issued an apology.
Here’s a clip of the original incident …