On the first Taco Tuesday since First Lady Jill Biden’s insensitive comments comparing Hispanic Americans to tacos, ABC’s World News TonightThe network refuses to report on the scandal. As NewsBusters’ Managing Editor Curtis Houck reported earlier, ABC buried the story on their network, with only brief mentions on “its overnight shows, World News NowThis program airs on some East Coast markets between 2:00 and 4:00 am. America This Morning (which airs for roughly 30 minutes in the 4:00 a.m. hour).”
NBC and CBS aren’t much better, with both networks ignoring the First Lady’s taco gaffe on Monday evening, prior to picking up the story briefly on their flagship morning shows.
This Tuesday night, CBS Evening NewsA measly 39 second report was produced to assist Biden in cleaning up the taco mess.
“First Lady Jill Biden issued an apology after a remark she made on Monday, were criticized for diminishing Latino heritage” anchor Norah O’Donnell reported before adding that, “a statement posted on Twitter today said the First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
There was no mention of the First Lady completely butchering the word “bogadas” during the same speech despite CBS airing the soundbite.
In the meantime, NBC Nightly News, things were slightly better with anchor Lester Holt tossing to chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander who reported that the First Lady was “making headlines for a controversial comment after fumbling the pronunciation of New York’s famed bodegas.”
Alexander announced that “the scripted comment generated backlash on social media. One prominent Hispanic group encouraging the First Lady and her team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people and communities, adding we are not tacos” and that “Dr. Biden’s spokesperson today tweeting the First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
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CBS Evening News
December 12, 2022
NORAH O’DONNELL: First Lady Jill Biden issued an apology after a remark she made on Monday, were criticized for diminishing Latino heritage.
FIRST LADY JILL BIDDEN: This community is as diverse as the Bronx bogadas, as stunning as the blooms in Miami and as distinctive as the San Antonio breakfast tacos. That’s your strength.
O’DONNELL: A statement posted on Twitter today said the First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.
NBC Nightly News
December 12, 2022
LESTER HOLT – Tonight also, Jill Biden is under fire for remarks she made regarding Latinos during an event held in Texas. Peter Alexander speaks out about the remarks that some found offensive, and Mrs. Biden’s apology.
PETER ALEXANDER : Dr. Jill Biden has learned a hard political lesson tonight. This Monday, the first First Lady outside of the White House was teaching at a Virginia community school. She apologized for her mistake. The speech was made to celebrate diversity in the community and the nation’s largest Latino civil-rights group.
FIRST LADY JILL BIDDEN: Our fight is your fight, and we stand by you.
ALEXANDER, Making headlines after making a bizarre comment about the pronunciation of New York’s famous bodegas.
BIDEN: This community is as diverse as the Bronx’s bodegas and as stunning as the flowers of Miami. San Antonio’s breakfast tacos are as special as any other.
ALEXANDER. Although the audience applauded, the scripted comment caused backlash through social media. The First Lady was encouraged by a prominent Hispanic group to make time for better understanding of communities and the complexity that these people face. Today’s spokesperson for Dr. Biden tweeted that the First Lady regretted her tweets, expressing admiration and love to the Latino community.
While Dr. Biden is an unwavering advocate of her husband’s agenda, she has visited 40 states in 18 months. However, this attention is not being welcomed by the president’s close political friend. Peter Alexander, NBC News.