2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn’t crazy. No – that’s an image invented by the liberal media. Their yellow journalism (which the Republican Texas senator referred to as “PolitiFact”), created this “wild-eyed lunatic” known for shutting down the government and wreaking havoc within the Republican Party, not Cruz, and he’ll tell CNBC’s John Harwood that all day long – or, at least as long as it’s over a light chat Thursday morning at a local restaurant. He can do that. Bring it on!
But “Mediaite” reports Harwood got tough with Cruz passing the salt, asking him why anyone would trust him anymore now that he’s become known for, shall we say, being less than honest? Harwood said:
You’ve said a few things that don’t necessarily comport with the facts.
The CNBC host then cited an example of Cruz stating:
[There are] 125,000 I.R.S. agents, [so] send ‘em to the border.
Harwood said, however:
They’ve only got 25,000 agents.
Harwood also pointed out that Cruz claimed the Affordable Care Act would be a job killer, but so far that has not proven to be the case even remotely. He pressed Cruz:
Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and say, ‘The guy’ll just say anything – doesn’t have to be true?’
In response, Cruz worked his classic political game of sidestepping accountability. Readers will likely recognize it best as the slime that accompanies the former space of a snail.
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.
Clearly Cruz doesn’t lie on his toes too well. He mixed up PolitiFact for some social media network or liberal news wire when it is actually a nonpartisan branch of the Tampa Bay Times’ editorial board. It’s a parties-be-damned fact checking agency with, apparently as far as Cruz is concerned, a liberal bias and a penchant for yellow journalism.
To poke at Ted Cruz’s fries some more, Mediaite’s fabulous Tina Nguyen dug up the very quote regarding the I.R.S. agents Harwood mentioned to the senator, complete with audio, and the Concord Monitor out of New Hampshire reports Cruz said:
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.
You can listen to that bit, below:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196028791″ params=”color=915f33″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Cruz maintains that statement was a joke, though.
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.
But Nguyen says no matter what, no matter if his beans are baked, steamed or refried, Cruz still has his numbers all mucked up. Nguyen said:
Even if he defined ‘agents’ as ‘all employees of the IRS,’ the number is still off. The IRS had roughly 90,000 employees as of 2013, and is actually facing a staffing shortage.
You can watch Harwood spatter Cruz in ketchup, below: