Biased ‘Left-Wing’ Media Makes Ted Cruz Look Bad Again…By Quoting Him Accurately (VIDEO)

Ted Cruz likely knew his lunchtime interview with CNBC’s John Harwood would go south moments after the waiter at Ninfa’s — Cruz’s favorite TexMex restaurant — arrived with a steaming dish of huaraches.

As Cruz’s poached eggs smothered in hot sauce quivered ominously, Harwood leaned forward and declared:

“I was talking to a Wall Street guy the other day, and said, ‘How does Wall Street feel about Cruz?’ He said, ‘They think he’s dangerous.'”

Cruz’s eyes widened in what surely could not have been surprise, then he replied:

“I get portrayed in a lot of outlets as a wild-eyed lunatic.”

Gee, we can’t imagine why that would happen…

Cruz and Hardwood then discussed various topics, such as why Cruz started liking Country music after 9/11; how Cruz supports Social Security and Medicare for older people but wants fewer benefits for the next generations; and Cruz recently announcing that he seeks the GOP presidential nomination. Then they got to the part about facts still having a liberal bias.

Tina Nguyen from Mediaite hones in on the part where Harwood challenges Cruz on the facts he so often presents: Especially when it comes to the IRS, Obamacare, and job numbers. Sure, we realize that conservatives think facts are “stupid” things, but still…Why should we listen to people who never have their facts straight?

“You’ve said a few things that don’t necessarily comport with the facts, like, ‘125,000 I.R.S. agents, send ‘em to the border,’ They’ve only got 25,000 agents or something like. You’ve talked about the job-killing nature of Obamacare. We’re adding jobs at a very healthy clip right now. Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and say, ‘The guy’ll just say anything – doesn’t have to be true?'”

Like all right wingers do when fact-checked into a corner, Cruz blamed it on the biased liberal media and “left-wing editorial writers.”

“There is a game that is played by left-wing editorial writers. It’s this new species of yellow journalism called PolitiFact. Colloquially I was referring to all the employees as agents. That particular stat is in a joke I used. So, they’re literally fact-checking a joke. I say that explicitly tongue in cheek.”

There’s just one problem, Sen. Cruz: PolitiFact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-partisan fact checking group launched by the Tampa Bay Times in Florida — not exactly a hotbed of liberalism. Nguyen even presented Cruz with the original quote from his New Hampshire tour in a March 15 article in the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire.

“There are 110,000 agents at the IRS. We need to put a padlock on that building and take every one of those 110,000 agents and put them on our southern border.”.

Cruz then backpedaled and claimed that statement was “tongue in cheek.” But no dice.

“Now look, I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek. but think about it for a minute. Imagine you’ve traveled thousands of miles in the blinding sun, you’re dripping wet, you swim the Rio Grande and the first thing you see is 110,000 IRS agents? You’d turn around and go home too.”

What the hell? If Cruz meant that as a joke, his joke wasn’t even funny.

Harwood grills Cruz on his “facts.”

Here’s the video with Harwood grilling Cruz on his “facts” on CNBC.


Photo with Ted Cruz and John Harwood: Video screen grab/CNBC.