First Taco Tuesday after First Lady Jill Biden’s offensive remarks equating Hispanic Americans with tacos, and ABC’s World News Tonight is still steadfastly refusing to discuss the issue. With only brief mentions on “its overnight shows, World News Now (which airs in some markets from 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. on the East Coast) and America This Morning (which airs for approximately 30 minutes in the 4:00 a.m. hour),” according to NewsBusters’ Managing Editor Curtis Houck, ABC buried the story on their network.
The First Lady’s taco gaffe was completely ignored by NBC and CBS on Monday evening before being briefly covered by their top morning shows. NBC and CBS aren’t much better.
On Tuesday night, the CBS Evening News devoted a pitiful 39 seconds to a quick report to assist Biden in cleaning up her taco mess.
According to anchor Norah O’Donnell, “First Lady Jill Biden issued an apology after a remark she made on Monday was criticized for diminishing Latino heritage.” She continued, “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.”
Despite CBS airing the soundbite, there was no mention of the First Lady completely mispronouncing the word “bogadas” during the same speech.
Lester Holt, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, threw the story 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.” At this point, the situation was marginally better.
“The scripted comment generated backlash on social media,” Alexander declared. We are not tacos, they added, and “Dr. Biden’s spokesperson today tweeted the First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything other than pure admiration and love for the Latino community.” This was one prominent Hispanic group’s advice to the First Lady and her team.
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July 12, 2022, 6:49:06 p.m. Eastern CBS Evening News
First Lady Jill Biden apologized for a comment she made on Monday that some people felt diminished Latino heritage. NORAH O’DONNELL
FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN: The strength of this community lies in its diversity, which is as distinctive as the Bronx’s bogadas, as lovely as Miami’s blossoms, and as special as these city’s breakfast tacos.
O’DONNELL: According to a statement the First Lady issued today and shared on Twitter, she regrets that her words failed to express nothing but genuine love and admiration for the Latino community.
July 12, 2022, 7:12:08 p.m. on NBC Nightly News Eastern
LESTER HOLT: First Lady Jill Biden is also receiving criticism tonight for remarks she made about Latinos at a Texas event. Peter Alexander on Mrs. Biden’s apology and the remarks that many people claim were offensive.
THEODORE ALEXANDER: Dr. Jill Biden is learning a difficult political lesson tonight. The first First Lady to hold a job outside the White House apologized on Monday while teaching at a community college in Virginia. In a speech intended to celebrate the diversity of the community, he addressed the biggest Latino civil rights organization in the country.
FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN: We will support you in your fight because it is also our fight.
ALEXANDER: Making news for a contentious remark after mispronouncing New York’s renowned bodegas.
BIDEN: This community’s diversity is as unique as the Bronx’s bodega culture and as stunning as Miami’s blossoms. And just as special as the tacos for breakfast we have here in San Antonio.
ALEXANDER: The audience applauded, but the pre-written remark sparked criticism on social media. One well-known Hispanic organization urged the First Lady and her staff to spend some time learning about the complexities of our communities and people, emphasizing that we are not tacos. The First Lady has issued an apology in a tweet from Dr. Biden’s spokesperson after it was discovered that her words did not truly express her love and admiration for the Latino community.