Newly minted host of "State of the Union" Jake Tapper blasted liberal critics on Twitter today who accused the Sunday morning show of a lack of racial diversity.
Things got off to a roiling start when Think Progress' Judd Legum tweeted: "Featured guests on big 5 Sunday shows today (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN): 11 Men 1 Woman."
Tapper responded: "We had two presidential candidates on. The woman running for the Democratic nomination hasn't sat down to do one Sunday show yet."
"This is a systemic issue that occurs week to week. It's not just ABC. And it's not just during presidential runs," wrote Legum, asking Tapper to look at the numbers.
"Gender imbalance on sunday shows is out of whack. here's the data," chimed in Oliver Willis, from Media Matters for America, a group started by Clinton advisors to counter conservative media, with a link to a Media Matters article.
"Oh look MMFA now discouraging Sunday shows from booking Bernie," responded a sarcastic Tapper, referencing Hillary Clinton's nearest Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. "My roundtable today was two men and two women."
"There's also a huge racial disparity w sunday shows as well *shrug*," tweeted Willis.
"I can't help it if the entire Democratic field is white," Tapper responded. "Do I get points for interviewing Cruz, Carson and Rubio?"
Tapper's tweet led to an avalanche of Twitter praise, including from Fox News contributor and New York Times bestselling author Tammy Bruce.
"Yes, @jaketapper just won Twitter," she wrote.