You know we on the right have been telling us that the MSM can’t be trusted and that their reports should be taken with a grain of salt.
Apparently they agree: (via Newsbusters)
LLAMAS: …Will you fire or suspend anyone at your campaign for putting out misinformation?
TED CRUZ: No. We’re not going to scapegoat anybody and I would note that the news story that our team passed on was true and accurate. CNN reported it.
LLAMAS: But is it a dirty trick to confuse voters?
CRUZ: Is it a dirty trick to pass on your news stories? You’re in the business. Would you think it was if I forwarding an ABC story or just a dirty trick to pass on CNN stories?
Cruz is not shy about pointing it out.
Ted Cruz said Wednesday that CNN’s reporting on the night of the Iowa caucuses about Republican rival Ben Carson’s campaign was accurate.
“CNN got it correct. Miracles happen. But that is part of the democratic process to let Iowa caucusers know, here is the news that is breaking. And it is relevant,” Cruz told a man who asked what happened on Monday evening.
And CNN is really upset about Ted Cruz quoting them
In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday evening, CNN said, “Senator Cruz’s claims about CNN are false. At no point did the network indicate Dr. Carson would suspend his campaign.”
In fact Rush had a montage of it on his show:
We have a montage. They had to defend their reporting. They had to savage Cruz as a liar for hours last night. We have Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Dylan Byers, and Brooke Baldwin all talking about Cruz’s campaign telling voters that Carson was leaving the race.
COOPER: Ted Cruz keeps saying that it all stemmed from the CNN report, which just is not factually correct. He’s saying that CNN reported that the campaign was being suspended, and that’s not what was being reported.
BURNETT: Do you think, though, that it does raise a question of character and integrity, though, that is important for people to understand? It’s Ted Cruz’s campaign, and everything that comes from it is a direct reflection on him and he’s blaming it on CNN’s reporting.
BYERS: Senator Cruz’s claims about CNN are false…
BALDWIN: Senator Cruz tries to throw my network, CNN, under the bus. That accurate report was the disseminated on television and CNN digital, and that was that. I’m going to call out BS if I hear BS.
RUSH: And that was the lovely and gracious Brooke Baldwin there saying that she’s gonna call out BS when she hears BS. Go back up to 13. What did Cruz say that has them all agitated? Listen again. (replaying of sound bite) ‘Kin’A! It’s exactly happened. CNN posted it. (interruption) The original tweet did not say that. (interruption) The written one? No, screw the news story. CNN put that tweet out there. That’s what Cruz is talking about.
Yeah, later on after the proverbial excrement hit the fan, yeah, then everybody goes into CYA mode and CNN. “Hey, wait a minute! We reported he was going back,” and Carson said, “Hey, wait a minute. I said I was returning after I got a clean clothes change. Hey.” All that’s happening there is that there was a tweet — and don’t tell me tweets don’t matter. That’s all anybody does anymore. There’s a tweet out there from a CNN guy (Chris Moody, that’s his name) that Carson was leaving, before the caucuses started.
Now, CNN can deny this left and right. They can say, “Well, we didn’t broadcast it.”
Actually Rush isn’t entirely accurate here, because I was one of the apparently very few people in the country who actual HAD CNN on at the time and heard the report as it was made and the speculation it created. I was in the middle of writing a post with predictions as to the result and said report I had just heard on CNN caused me to include this line.
Note: If suggestions that Carson is thinking of dropping that have just been reported, all bets are off.
Now I understand everyone is trying to win here but to pretend that this wasn’t reported is disingenuous, to pretend that it’s not a logical inference that a candidate choosing to go home “to do laundry” rather than go to the next primary state is suggests something is up is disingenuous and to suggest as I’ve seen some do on twitter that Steve King should be pilloried because he didn’t see a Carson campaign update before speaking because after all why would he be expected to be doing anything other than monitoring Ben Carson’s campaign pronouncements the night of the Iowa caucus is the height of absurdity.
But for all of the ranting by the various campaigns in their quest to destroy Ted Cruz nothing is more amusing than watching the MSM confirm what we have been saying for years, that the best way to misinform the public, is to take one of their reports and run with it.
Closing thought: How grateful do you think the MSM is to those who supposedly don’t trust them that they have given them an excuse to focus on something other than the Hillary Clinton Iowa “win”?
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