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CNN Falsely Claims Ted Cruz “Afraid” To Discuss Guns Outside the Fox “Mothership”

CNN Falsely Claims Ted Cruz “Afraid” To Discuss Guns Outside the Fox “Mothership”

Cruz, “That’s funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence”

Just when you thought CNN might make it through a week without disgracing itself, anchor Chris Cuomo accuses Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) of being “afraid” to talk to CNN about the Florida shooting and GOP measures to prevent such shootings.  The problem?  Cruz had given CNN a 15-minute interview the day before, and CNN decided not to air all of it.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) admonished CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Twitter after the anchor accused him of being afraid to appear on CNN in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.

The controversy arose when Cuomo on Thursday ripped Gov. Rick Scott (R., Fla.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Cruz on his CNN morning show, “New Day.” Cuomo accused the three Republicans of being “afraid” to appear on CNN in the wake of the shooting, alleging they were “unwilling” to answer questions about gun violence. Cuomo also intimated that all three elected officials chose to appear on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” because it provided them with a friendlier format.

Here’s Cuomo’s segment accusing Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Florida governor Rick Scott (R) of fearfully refusing to appear on CNN but willingly going on Fox News, the “mothership” according to Cuomo.

Cruz, however, was the wrong person for Cuomo to accuse of cowardice.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said CNN was holding back an interview he did regarding gun violence, after the network accused him of being “afraid” to come on the air.

Cruz tweeted Friday that he had addressed the issue of gun violence at schools in a 15-minute interview with CNN the day before.

“That’s funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?” Cruz tweeted in response to CNN host Chris Cuomo on Friday.

The senator from Texas followed up that tweet with another, including a picture of him being interviewed at the Capitol.

“Here’s a pic of the @CNN interview — a 15-min exclusive given yesterday — that y’all still haven’t aired… (While falsely claiming I’m “afraid” to talk to CNN.),” Cruz tweeted.

Worse for Cuomo, CNN aired a portion of the Cruz interview on Friday afternoon, so his accusation is even more incomprehensible.

CNN was apparently thrilled with their misdirection as another anchor tweeted:

For his part, Cuomo just keeps digging.  He’s now claiming that he wasn’t attacking Cruz; instead, he was simply whining about Cruz not appearing on his show.  I’m not sure how that works with the actual segment he aired about Cruz appearing only on the “mothership” of Fox News and being unwilling to be “held accountable,” but perhaps Cuomo thinks he is the only CNN anchor and his low-rated show the only CNN show that matters?

He was quickly called out on Twitter.

One person noted that Cuomo’s morning show earns low ratings.  It comes in third behind Fox and Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.


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Maybe Cummo meant that other Ted Cruz. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Who knew that everything on CNN outside of Cuomo’s show (which I, like nearly every American, has never seen) is part of the “Fox Mothership.”

I wouldn’t even know Cuomo had a show if I didn’t read about it here.

marche_pas_sur_mon | February 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm

“Cruz probably thought ‘New Day’ was an infomercial for a new feminine hygiene product.”

You mean it isn’t?

I understand that it’s fun to beat up on Cuomo and Co, but it’s time the president took the gloves off.

Cuomo needs to issue an immediate, on-air apology to Sen Cruz or CNN gets their press pass at the White House revoked.

They’ve reported entirely too much fake news and not had any repercussions … it’s time for that to change.

    Trump has no say over what CNN does, so I’m not sure what you mean in the first part about Trump taking the gloves off. But yeah, CNN needs to apologize, but they won’t. They are barely treading water and know it, so they will just wait for this to pass not realizing that it reinforces a decidedly negative view of #FakeNews CNN as a whole.

“What are they afraid of?”

Limp-noodle liars masquerading as objective reporters?

It’s all Trump’s fault.

Now that he’s indelibly branded CNN as America’s premier purveyor of “fake news”, the network has little practical choice but to live down to its reputation.

And I have to agree, “New Day” does sound like something you’d buy in a spray can. Maybe something to spritz on your TV to give that new “fake news” smell.

Yank press passes?

No no no. Declare CNN as a communications arm of the Democrat Party subject to campaign finance laws.

Although it’s interesting how out of touch CNN is. Going after FOX news is like shelling a hill we abandoned 6 months ago.

CNN is too far behind the play that an OODA Loop reference no longer applies.

Chris Cumuo? Journalist? The guy who’s father(Mario) and brother (Andrew) are Democrat politicians? The Cuomo Family out of New York?

Chris is a “journalist” and Michael Corleone runs a business importing Olive Oil from Sicily.

Hey, quick thought: maybe this is like the 2nd sons dilemma from the Middle Ages – if you are too incompetent to run the family office of New York Governor, they send you off to crusade as a journalist, ie Democrat Operatuve

Take a close at his makeover in the pic.

Apparently you CAN put lipstick on a pig!