CNN'S Baldwin Apologizes For Blaming Baltimore Riots On Returning Veterans

Reporter seems contrite as she withdraws comment

While interviewing Rep. Elijah Cummings in Baltimore on Tuesday, CNN Reporter Brooke Baldwin made an outrageous comment blaming the rioting on returning American veterans:

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. [Her full comment is embedded below].

Ms. Baldwin drew harsh criticism for her comment, which many saw as an unsupported attack on America's returning heroes. Because of the criticism, pressure from CNN management, or a rare spark of mainstream media guilty conscience, Baldwin appeared on New Day Wednesday morning and made a contrite, no excuses apology:

I made a mistake yesterday. We were in the middle of live TV, I was talking to a member of Congress, and I was recounting a story, a conversation I had had recently just referring to police. 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. 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. And I wanted you to know that this morning, so to all of you, I owe a tremendous apology. I am truly sorry.