NewsBusters caught the most recent glaring example of mainstream media liberal bias with a report on the heavily edited version of Sen. Ted Cruz’s interview Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Cruz’s commentary, with example after example of President Obama’s “abuse of powers,” was whittled down by CBS to just a sentence or two in the version of the interview that was aired.
But Cruz posted the full video on his Facebook page with the following comment: “If you tuned in to Face the Nation this morning, our conversation about the Obama Administration’s abuses of power wasn’t aired. Watch and SHARE it here”
According to the transcript provided by NewsBusters, Cruz wouldn’t directly answer Bob Schieffer’s question as to whether or not he would run for president in 2016. Instead, Cruz kept maintaining, his focus now was “on the abuse of power from the president.”
What aired was the following:
CRUZ: Well, what you can take that as, is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Economic growth is my number one priority…
BOB SCHIEFFER: Thank you, so much, for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.
What Cruz actually said was a spot-on, but hard-hitting criticism of the president:
CRUZ: What you can take is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning—the abuse of power from this Administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the President blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the Administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges. Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.”
CRUZ: “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?”
CRUZ: It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies and you are talking a new minutes to Chuck Schumer—“
SCHIEFFER: “We are going to leave this for another day, senator. Thank you for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.”
“Now it is certainly plausible that CBS edited out the ending of the Cruz interview for time, however given that Cruz’s comments were extremely critical of the president and came just two days before an embattled President Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the timing of such editing is highly inappropriate and unusual,” Jeffrey Meyer from NewsBusters wrote.