Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ted Cruz the Fireman

Early last week, Ted Cruz went on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." I found a few things about the interview and its coverage interesting.

First, the media coverage of the interview itself seemed particularly polarized. For example, here's a tweet from Salon:

And here's a tweet from CAP:

Then, from the other side, Red Alert Politics sympathizes with Cruz:

But if you watch the actual interview, it seems Meyers and Cruz, though less than friendly, were not openly hostile, as the tweets or Think Progress' picture would lead one to believe:

In addition, Cruz highlights in the interview that media coverage of his recent stump speach while campaigning in New Hampshire was exceedingly unfair. Not to pick on Salon, but here's their coverage of that event:

However, video from the event is not nearly as dramatic (starts @ 0:28):

While Cruz does damage control on exactly how much he scared the young New Hampshirite, the interview with Seth Meyers seems to have been a win-win. Meyers pressed Cruz on weighty issues and gained media attention. Meanwhile, Cruz proved to his base that he is a true conservative and even got a few shots in on the liberal media along the way.

For what it's worth PolitiFact found Cruz's scientific claims on "Late Night" to be "mostly false":

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