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Mark Halperin's biased grilling of Ted Cruz

Mark Halperin's biased grilling of Ted Cruz

Imagine it's 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. "Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as an African-American?"

Imagine he pressed further. Do you have a favorite traditional black food? Who's your favorite African-American performer?

It's a safe bet that journalist would be lucky to have a job today as a greeter at Walmart.