Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Liberal media bias is such a fact of life The Scrapbook can’t get exercised about it every day. But there are two subjects in the news a lot in which the fourth estate’s inability to play fair is never less than appalling: Senator Ted Cruz and abortion. Last week, the Associated Press tried to cover both at the same time, and the results were spectacular. Here is the opening paragraph of Philip Elliott’s dispatch:
Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages, anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday insisted that Republican contenders keep an intense focus on social issues in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.
Satan worshippers? Zounds! Where did that come from? The AP attempts to explain:
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who is a favorite of the tea party, said supporters of abortion rights chant “Hail, Satan” to silence their enemies. . . . “Arm-in-arm, chanting ‘Hail, Satan,’ embracing the right to take the life of a late-term child,” Cruz said of supporters of abortion rights.
If you’re one of those cynical types who doesn’t believe everything you read, you might suspect that there’s more to this story than the AP is letting on. And you would be correct. Senator Cruz was referencing protests in Austin last year where pro-lifers were in fact shouted down by protesters yelling, “Hail, Satan!” This happened multiple times. It’s on YouTube. It’s not Cruz’s fault that those actions happened to make abortion supporters look cartoonishly repugnant. We can only assume that reporter Philip Elliott was so invested in the caricature of the Harvard-educated, former Supreme Court clerk as daft and unhinged that he didn’t bother verifying whether Cruz was telling the truth.
The AP further characterized the comments of Cruz and other GOP leaders as “unflinching rhetoric” and an “attempt to make inroads with the GOP’s socially conservative wing,” despite the fact that the pro-life cause cuts across political boundaries. Notably, Cruz was defending his home state’s ban on late-term abortion—like the majority of Americans, Texas legislators find it morally objectionable.
The AP later corrected the story. Instead of “Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages,” it now begins, “Invoking fiery references to Satan, ‘savagery’ and a ‘culture of death.’ ” It notes that abortion supporters in fact chanted “Hail, Satan.” The story was once risible, and it’s now slightly less so. How do such stories manage to get written, let alone past editors? Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon walks us through the professional standards at work here:
1. Pro-choice activists chant “Hail, Satan” at a protest.
2. GOP Senator says pro-choice -activists chanted “Hail, Satan” at a- protest.
3. AP reports: Republicans call opponents “Satan worshippers.”
Just another day at the office for the mainstream media.
The Ted Cruz-Rand Paul foreign policy split. Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Ted Cruz is not in a fighting mood. The Texas senator is sitting in a booth at the Capital Grille, an upscale restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, about halfway between the Capitol, where Cruz works, and the White House, where many suspect he’d like to end up. His jacket is off, his light blue tie is tucked behind his crisp white dress shirt as he casually picks at the salmon filet on the dinner plate in front of him and sips a glass of Pinot Noir.
6:33 PM, Mar 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC today:
Hosted by Michael Graham4:00 PM, Feb 24, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on President Obama's influence with foreign leaders and Ted Cruz's role in the GOP.
11:31 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Four United States Senators have a written a letter to FBI director James Comey about the indictment of author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. Senators Charles Grassley, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are the four senators, all Republicans, to have signed the letter.
The letter quotes Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz as saying, "I can't help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something to do with it. ... It smacks of selective prosecution."
2:00 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ted Cruz says that anyone in favor of the so-called immigration reform bill "should go ahead and put a 'Harry Reid for Majority Leader' bumper sticker on their car."
Texas senator no longer thinks January 1 was the deadline to repeal the law.5:44 PM, Jan 29, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
During the summer and fall of 2013, Texas senator Ted Cruz repeatedly warned that it would be impossible to repeal Obamacare once Americans began receiving subsidies on January 1, 2014.
8:02 AM, Jan 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech about Obamacare on the floor of the Senate, Ted Cruz made the argument that the president's signature legislation, Obamacare, is causing income inequality in America to worsen:
Here's the relevant part of the transcript:
1:59 PM, Nov 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
UPDATE: Coburn's spokesman called to say that his boss was joking. Says the spokesman, “Dr. Coburn was poking fun at himself and the focus on presidential politics and rivalries three years ahead of the next election. The exchange characterized below was a joke – it didn’t happen in real life …” The full text of the speech is bellow. The post is updated to reflect this fact.
3:24 PM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ted Cruz says that the proposed U.S.-Iran deal is "dangerous for America." He made the comments in a prepared statement sent out today by his Senate office.
2:04 PM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ted Cruz has organized an effort to urge President Barack Obama to help free Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran.
“The President of the United States is in a unique position to focus international attention on the unjust and abusive detention of one of our citizens,” Cruz says in a press release. “There might also be an opportunity for administration officials participating in nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week to raise the issue directly with their Iranian counterparts. Time is of the essence given Pastor Saeed's current predicament.”
5:35 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday evening, the reelection campaign for Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor emailed supporters about a recent "secret meeting" between Republican senator Ted Cruz and a group of House Republicans at a restaurant on Capitol Hill, Tortilla Coast. Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver suggested that the Democrat's Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, may have also attended the meeting.
4:45 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with contributing editor P.J. O'Rourke on Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Obamacare, Ted Cruz, the Weekly Standard Cruise, and the etiquette of drinks before lunch.