Ted Cruz fell into the media trap and Tucker Carlson closed it

What happened to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) this week is a significant victory for corporate media and a perfect illustration of how the media is fooling Republicans into harming themselves.

What we saw at the US Capitol on January 6 was nothing near a terrorist attack or an uprising or Pearl Harbor or 9/11. It was a predominantly peaceful protest in which a bunch of yahoos became violent. That is it. That was all it was. Unfortunately, it went too far and the offenders are being punished.

It is clear that the riot was not planned in advance, because if it had been, perhaps one person – only one – would have been armed. Perhaps one person – only one – would have been accused by the left-wing Ministry of Justice of terrorism or rebellion or rebellion.

Ah, but the corrupt media and Democrats – the same corrupt media and Democrats who cheered on and encouraged months of riots in more than a dozen Democratic-run cities that included organized attacks on state capitals – have worked diligently to pressure people to misrepresent . a protest against voice fraud that went out of control as terrorism.

How does the media do it? Well, it’s very simple. All the established media and I mean all media – all newspapers, TV networks and cable channels – conspire to unite against anyone who refuses to agree to this false narrative. People are being bullied and offended and attacked. But… and most importantly… an escape hatch is offered: Just say what we want you to say and we’ll leave you alone. Hell, we can even praise you.

But that escape hatch is The Trap, and the moment you fall for it, you’re pretty much doomed. Why? Because it will never be enough. What I mean is this … If you agree, as Cruz has, with lying that January 6 is a “terrorist attack”, the media will go into phase two, which is to demand that you criticize them in your own party who will not do it. the same. This not only puts you in the position that you either have to 1) criticize members of your own party or 2) look like a weasel while refusing to criticize them, but it also makes your voters angry, which harms your e.g. presidential chances.

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What’s more, nothing makes the GOP base more angry than watching one of our own give credibility to the media’s lies.

Over the years, I’ve seen this happen to Republicans a thousand times. But not too late. Except for quislings like Rep. Liz Cheney (Sellout-WY) When it comes to dealing with the fake media, the GOP has improved a lot in the last few years.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: The U.S. Rep.  Liz Cheney (R-WY) is questioning witnesses during a hearing by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.  Law enforcement members testified about the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the US capital.  According to authorities, about 140 police officers were injured when they were trampled down, had objects thrown at them and sprayed with chemical irritants during the uprising.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

The American rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) interrogates witnesses during a hearing by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on July 27, 2021 (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images).

Well, you can only imagine how happy the media is today after watching Cruz, a GOP superstar, implode last night on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show.

As he has done In the past, earlier this week, Cruz again erroneously described the January 6 riot as a “violent terrorist attack.” Only this time he said it on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and people noticed it, including Tucker Carlson.

So in an attempt to clean up his mess, Cruz appeared on Tucker’s show and tried to return with the ridiculous claim that his comments were “sloppy” and “frankly stupid” and a “bad word choice.”

Carlson had none of that. “I just do not believe in you,” he said. “And I mean it with respect because I have such respect for your sharpness and your precision.”

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Tucker Carlson, Ted Cruz at FNC, 1/6/2022

And now the corporate media is Merry piles on as Cruz’s presidential ambitions shift from candidate to Liz Cheney Jr.

Well, why would the media not rejoice and hope to move on? They have been trying to destroy Cruz for most of a decade. And now he is self-burned on their behalf. It was bad enough that he chose to buy into their narrative, but now he has been caught in touting with this nonsense about a “bad word choice” after using the same words for a year.

Plus, and that’s what hurt him most of all, he now looks weak, taken aback, as someone who can not handle the media, as someone who will fall apart under the media pressure ala Mitt Romney and John McCain during their failed run in The White House.

The sad thing is that all Cruz had to do was stick to his weapons. Instead of breaking weak with this false claim of being “sloppy”, he should have said, The definition of terrorism is to commit violence in pursuit of a political result, and that was what I saw at the US Capitol that day. Not all. A large majority were peaceful. But in my book, those who were violent committed to the very definition of terrorism.

He could have threaded that needle. People like me might disagree, but there was reason for him to stand up. The fact that he did not have the sense to do so, and instead chose to quarrel and deceive and basically merge, is another strike against him. We need our presidential candidates to outfox the left-wing media, be strong and knowledgeable, and be able to think on their toes and stay out of their traps.

Even worse, Cruz had 24 hours to come up with an answer and still blew it, made it worse, and now, on top of our disgust at seeing him fall into the media trap, we question his balance and competence.

The really bad news for Cruz is that this is not the end, not by a longer shot. He went into a media trap that a blind man could see, and then made it worse by trying to wriggle out.

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