Over the last week, I watched media reports about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his comments while questioning Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Specifically, they focused on a comment that Cruz made to Garland regarding parents giving school board officials a mock Nazi salute.
Rather than portraying the incident truthfully, the media has made Cruz out to be some type of Nazi sympathizer, which is just a blatant and horrible twist of what actually happened.
The Biased Media
This was one of the tweets that went out attacking Cruz over the Nazi salute comment.
Now, keep in mind, this narrative was pushed by many major media outlets as well…
Ted Cruz defends Nazi salutes at school board meetings pic.twitter.com/9FJHJ97rFE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
Notice how the tweet was cut off just as Garland was speaking.
That is because Garland also defended the right of parents to do this.
Of course, had the entire line of questioning been published, it would have been clear that the gesture Cruz was defending as free speech was actually a mock gesture by the parents over how the school board officials were reacting.
Parents were not making a Nazi salute out of respect, they were mocking the school board officials for acting like Nazis, a completely different narrative than how most media outlets portrayed this exchange.
For instance, the Huffington Post headlined its article, “Sen. Ted Cruz Defends Parents Who Gave Nazi Salute At School Board Meeting.”
The Daily headline was similar, writing, “Ted Cruz Defends Parents Doing Nazi Salutes at School Board Meetings.”
Major outlets also took to covering the limited clip, which included CNN and MSNBC.
On CNN’s “Reality Check,” the headline running underneath John Avalon while covering the story read, “Sorry, Ted Cruz: Nazi Salutes at School Board Meetings Aren’t Normal.”
Avalon, during his segment, added, “If you’re defending Nazi salutes at school board meetings, you’re already losing.
“Of course, the issue here isn’t the First Amendment. The issue is the galloping insanity that’s infecting our civic life.”
After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) jumped on the bandwagon, Ted Cruz had seen and heard enough and looked to set the record straight…
You are frequently a liar (and often spewing anti-Semitism).
But here, you’re lie is exactly 180 degrees false. I was defending the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies. In other words, to OPPOSE Nazis (or petty tyrants), not to support them. https://t.co/BrDSjYIKyT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 27, 2021
Sadly, this is the state of today’s media.
An American Senator defends parents and is fighting for their right to have a say in their child’s education, and the media portrays him as a Nazi sympathizer.
Source: Fox News