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.