I’ve made no secret that I believe Sen. Ted Cruz is, by far, the most dangerous candidate running for president. While Donald Trump steals most of the headlines, Cruz has sailed to an easy second place standing mostly because he’s been overshadowed to such an extent that he’s hardly been vetted at all. Even when Sen. Marco Rubio was a distant third, he made more headlines than Cruz.
Make no mistake about it, Trump would be a horrible president – but Cruz would be a whole hell of a lot worse. Think of a hyper-religious version of Donald Trump, only with an even bigger ego and a “God complex” – that’s Ted Cruz.
The truth of the matter is, Cruz is a candidate whose campaign is built on talking points and propaganda. Even when he’s called out on his b.s., confronted with actual proof to debunk his nonsense, he typically just accuses whoever is calling him out of being the liar, then proceeds to lie even more. He’s the most scripted politician in either party.
Well, on Tuesday night CNN hosted a town hall for the remaining Republican candidates moderated by Anderson Cooper. And, to be fair, it was rather entertaining to watch. Usually these town hall events are dull, often equating to nothing more than extravagant interviews, but on Tuesday night things were different. To his credit, Cooper pressed the candidates on several major issues and called them out when they tried to say something that he knew wasn’t true.
Such as when Cruz began whining about how much media coverage Trump has received. He accused the media, and specifically CNN, of being in a “love-fest” with Trump.
To be fair, the media is definitely obsessed with Donald Trump and he’s received a lot of free publicity. There’s no denying that. But there’s also a big reason why: Donald Trump agrees to a whole lot of interviews. Not only that, but he also calls into shows frequently. Say what you want about Trump, but the guy knows how to promote himself to no end.
Though this sort of “blame the media” nonsense is nothing new from Cruz. A big part of his “shtick” is to bash and attack the media to make himself into the victim and to try to discredit anyone who calls out one of his many lies.
Except on Tuesday night, Cooper turned the tables on Cruz’s whining, pointing out that they’ve tried to give him free media coverage, but he frequently turns them down.
“We’ve asked you for interviews pretty much every day and you’ve declined every offer on my program,” Cooper stated.
Not only did Anderson Cooper call Cruz’s lie out, but he specifically mentioned that the senator from Texas has refused every single offer to appear on his show.
Naturally, Cruz completely blew off Cooper’s statement.
The truth is, Cruz uses his attacks on the media as a piece of his propaganda to get his supporters worked up. He knows a big talking point that gets conservatives going is to claim that there’s some sort of “liberal media conspiracy” tied to anything and everything that’s not right-wing approved. Hell, even when he’s been called out on Fox News he’s tried to spin it as the media trying to create something out of nothing.
But this is the usual go-to move for conspiracy theorists. When confronted with facts or information that debunks whatever ridiculous propaganda they’re trying to push, they simply attack the people calling them out as “part of the conspiracy” to discredit anything that person or media entity might say. It’s the whole “the only person you can trust is me” line that’s a pillar to every blatant propagandist’s set of talking points.
So I was overjoyed to see Anderson Cooper completely expose Ted Cruz by calling him out on his attempted attack on the media. In my opinion, that’s how journalism is supposed to be. Members of the media, when confronted with statements they know aren’t true, calling out those who are trying to mislead Americans.
Great job, Anderson! While I’m sure it didn’t impact the minds of many supporters of Ted Cruz, it was nice to see his lies called out on a national stage.
Watch it below via CNN (this particular part happens around the 10:35 mark):