I am so sick of people like Daily Beast author Patricia Murphy smearing Republicans like Ted Cruz.

She did it in a very slick way, managing to focus her article about Cruz at The Daily Beast on the word “creepy” so that even if the substance was not harmful to Cruz, the association was made.

The primary basis for her creepy article focus was a comment by someone that as a freshman at Princeton Cruz walked around in a paisley — fashion horror! — bathrobe and sometimes walked down the hallway to the section where girls lived.

For that alleged transgression Cruz gets this headline:

Daily Beast - Ted Cruz Creepy

A lifetime of achievement that would normally be heralded by liberals if achieved by a liberal Hispanic, devolves into creepiness on the slimmest of pretexts.

This is all part of the crazying of Ted Cruz by liberal publications like the Daily Beast.  It doesn’t matter what the substance is, they just want to associate the word “creepy” with Ted Cruz in the minds of the public, many of whom don’t read past the headline.

Daily Beast readers are getting the message, according to online polls conducted in conjunction with Murphy’s post, with 3/4 of the readers responding agreeing that the bathrobe incident made Cruz a creepy person who would scare them as President:

Daily Beast - Ted Cruz Creepy - Bathrobe Poll

Daily Beast - Ted Cruz Creepy - Afraid Cruz

We must not downplay the effect of this crazying process, which is directed at all Republican contenders, a point I made last November, The “crazy-ing” of Marco Rubio begins

The Daily Beast and Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown have been at the forefront of crazying Cruz, nominating him for The Craziest Member of Congress and comparing him to the Taliban.  The Daily Beast certainly is not alone.

It’s true, as Erika Johnsen at Hot Air and Ramesh Ponneru at National Review argue, that the substance of the Daily Beast article is not damaging and confused.  But substantive effect is not the reason Murphy wrote it and the Daily Beast and/or Murphy put that headline on it.

Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics gets it, A Beastly Attack on Ted Cruz:

The mud is flying early this cycle.

It is three years and three months before the next presidential election, but all it took for Ted Cruz to have his good name smeared was to take a single trip to Iowa where he mentioned that some social conservatives have urged him to run for president.

For this provocation, the freshman senator from Texas — and new Tea Party idol — found himself portrayed in the media by classmates who haven’t spoken to him since he was a freshman in college as not merely a didactic and right-wing teenager, but as some kind of sexual deviant.

Of the four individuals who were willing to speak to Daily Beast reporter Patricia Murphy on the record, two had very flattering things to say of Cruz, one had moderately negative recollections of Cruz being overly self-assured in his political views, and one (Mazin) was harshly critical of Cruz.

Yet the sharply negative view of Cruz is the one that dominates Murphy’s story, serving as both the lead and the conclusion…

All of this was neatly packaged on The Daily Beast’s front page under the headline “Cruz’s ‘Creepy’ Years,” posing the question to its readers: “Can a master debater who used to stroll by the women’s wing of the dorm in a paisley bathrobe be the next president?”

The “master debater” double-entendre is the giveaway….

Ted Cruz Daily Beast Cover Creepy

Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz are forming a new website, truthrevolt.org, to “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.”

I wish such a thing were not needed. The creepy Daily Beast hit job on Cruz shows why it is.