If we had a comedy section for The Rushmore Report, that is where we would post this one. Last Thursday, the day after the Florida school shooting, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo called out Sen. Ted Cruz for “being afraid” to appear on CNN. There is just one small hole in Cuomo’s criticism, however. You can’t make this stuff up!
The same day CNN was criticizing Ted Cruz for not appearing on CNN, Ted Cruz was appearing on CNN. The fact is, CNN refused to air their interview with him, then blamed him for not coming on CNN.
I believe President Trump would call this “fake news.” I call it funny. It’s only offensive to those who still see CNN as a legitimate news source.
Here’s what happened.
Later that day, Cuomo added, “If Cruz thinks gun control improvement is not the answer, what is? Ask the question, Senator: what are we doing to stop school shootings? Don’t just say what won’t work, work to find an answer!”
The next day, seeing that Cruz and other leading Florida Republicans had appeared on Fox News, Cuomo tweeted, “What are they afraid of?” He called out Cruz, Gov. Scott, and Sen. Rubio by name.
This is where it gets funny.
Cruz responded to Cuomo’s criticism that he was “afraid of CNN.” Cruz tweeted, “That’s funny. I spoke to CNN for 15 minutes 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 followed up the next day. “Here’s the pic of the CNN interview – a 15-minute exclusive given yesterday – that y’all still haven’t aired . . . while falsely claiming that I’m ‘afraid’ to talk to CNN.”
That night, Cuomo had to backtrack, admitting Cruz had indeed appeared on CNN, while he was ridiculing Cruz for not appearing on CNN. Then he mocked Cruz for appearing on CNN, but not on his particular show on CNN.
Let’s review. Sen. Cruz appeared on CNN. But CNN refused to air their own interview with Sen. Cruz. Instead, they let one of their leading anchors ridicule Sen. Cruz for not appearing on CNN the same day he appeared on CNN.
And they wonder why more conservatives are hesitant to do interviews on their network.