One of them is using apocalyptic language and it’s not Ted Cruz
Yes, we have to do this… again. Perpetual media malpractice requires searchable rebuttals to even the dumbest of mistruths, like the latest one about Ted Cruz.
Speaking to the Strafford County Republican Committee in New Hampshire yesterday, Cruz was critical of the administration saying, “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind… the whole world’s on fire!” (managing to slide in a not so subtle Clinton dig).
A little girl named Julia Trant was supposedly frightened by Cruz’s statement and asked mid-speech, “The world is on fire?!” according to Adam Smith, political editor for the Tampa Bay Times, who attended the event.
Ted Cruz literally just scared a little girl in NH. "The world is on fire?!" she asked, repeating his line on Obama-Clinton foreign policy
— Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) March 15, 2015
Senator Cruz took a moment from his speech to assure the little girl that Mommy was taking care of everything, “the world is on fire, yes! Your world is on fire. But you know what? Your mommy’s here and everyone’s here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better.”
Ted Cruz has two young daughters of his own.
The video was posted by Raw Story with the headline, “Ted Cruz scares the hell out of a terrified little girl in New Hampshire.” CNN, New York Magazine, Bloomberg, Gawker, Salon and others had similar headlines.
Ed Kilgore of Washington Monthly mused that Cruz was using coded language and really meant Obama is the anti-christ or at the very least, one of his minions. Because referencing a “world on fire” is clearly an anti-christ dog whistle. Yes, seriously.
“How dare Ted Cruz scare children?!” squealed the media.
Only he didn’t scare the childen. At least not according to little Julia Trant’s mother.
Speaking on WKRO this morning, Michelle Trant said:
“She’s actually three, she looked up from my phone that she was playing with and she goes “The world’s on fire?” in a really high question kind of voice… I said to her, “he will be the one that will put that fire out,” and she looked at him as he was a hero… and she was like, “tell him thank you” and then she was like now we can go home. She was quite happy and then she wanted a cookie. There were no tears.”
Current score: Media – 0 Facts – 1
Rewind to last week.
Secretary of State John Kerry gave a long-winded speech on climate change to the Atlantic Counsel where he said (emphasis added):
What will happen if we do nothing and the climate skeptics are wrong and the delayers are wrong and the people who calculate cost without taking everything into account are wrong? The answer to that is pretty straightforward: utter catastrophe, life as we know it on Earth.
Kerry actually invoked scripture saying, “to leave the planet Earth in better condition than we were handed it, to live up to even scripture which calls on us to protect planet Earth.”
And the media hits for Kerry quite literally using ‘scripture’ saying we’re headed towards utter catastrophe?
Kerry’s remarks here:
Thus concludes this battle. Media suffered an embarrassing loss with a score of -3 (extra points deducted for stupidity of claim and for making it necessary to write things like this) while Facts take home the gold. Again.
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