After igniting a firestorm of criticism with an outrageous insult directed at American veterans, a CNN anchorwoman went back before the cameras on Wednesday to beg for forgiveness.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin’s apology appeared to be sincere, but there were plenty vets not buying it based on the reaction on social media.
Baldwin was interviewing U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Tuesday when she accused returning military veterans for police departments being more violent — in effect, blaming vets for the Baltimore riots.
“And a lot of these young people, and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities and they’re ready to do battle,” she said.
Baldwin appeared on “New Day” Wednesday morning to apologize for the insensitive remark, saying she “made a mistake yesterday” while recounting a recent conversation she’d had.
Borrowing from the best of the Obama White House talking points, the reporter said she “misspoke.”
“And I absolutely misspoke, I in-artfully chose my words 100 percent and I just wish speaking to all of you this morning: I wholeheartedly retract what I said,” Baldwin said.
CNN host blames veterans for Baltimore
riots; ‘pathetic’ explanation follows backlash
“And I’ve thought tremendously about this, and to our nation’s veterans, to you — this is just who I want to speak with this morning — I have the utmost respect for our men and women in uniform,” she continued. “And I wanted you to know that this morning, so to all of you, I owe a tremendous apology. I am truly sorry.”
Interestingly, Cummings fully agreed with Baldwin’s assertion that returning vets employed as police officers were “ready to do battle” with American citizens, but escaped any real scrutiny.
Here is a sampling of skeptical responses to Baldwin’s apology from Twitter:
I think #BrookeBaldwin really believes what she said and the apology is only to protect herself from criticism.
— William Wallis (@proudamericans) April 30, 2015
.@BrookeBCNN your forced, shallow apology was wholly insufficient. Blaming Hero Vets for failed Democrat cities wtf? http://t.co/AcGQfW8P2j
— Cos… (@Cos_II) April 30, 2015
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin is hoping to return to good graces of US vets w/an apology aftr suggesting that some of them R2 blame 4 #BaltimoreRiots
— Huey Pee Newton (@Huey_Pee_Newton) April 30, 2015
#CNN biased reporter Brooke Baldwin apology was no apology.Insulting veterans a new low:shameful. @BrookeBCNN @seanhannity @marklevinshow
— onQ (@miriamquin) April 29, 2015
I was over CNN long before Brooke Baldwin blamed the Baltimore riots on Veterans. Now I’m way past over them. On air apology? Yeah right.
— Lamar Wilkie (@WWWilkie) April 29, 2015
@CNN As a Veteran. I call for at very least the suspension of Brooke Baldwin. Due to her UNFORGIVABLE statement. No apology can retract it.
— James Key (@Jimmyk7051) April 28, 2015
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