CNN calls Cruz a liar after debate

CNN’s calling Ted Cruz a liar after Saturday’s GOP debate.

At Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, Sen. Ted Cruz was again confronted with the erroneous information disseminated by his campaign staff that Dr. Ben Carson was withdrawing from the race on the evening of the Iowa caucus.

Cruz again indicated that he’d received his information from CNN, which reported it at 6:30 p.m. Monday, and the network didn’t correct their story until 9:15 p.m.

Cruz added that he’d attempted, but was unable, to get a hold of Carson to apologize when the truth was revealed, and he closed by apologizing to Carson again.

Carson strongly disagreed with Cruz’s statement of events.

“In fact the timeline indicates that initial tweet was followed by another one within one minute that clarified that I was not dropping out, so, what happened to that one, it is unclear,” Carson said. “But the bottom line is, we can see what happened, everybody can see what happened and you can make your own judgment.”

Following this exchange, CNN responded with its own statement siding with Carson and taking aim at Cruz:

In a statement out Saturday night, CNN responded, “What Senator Cruz said tonight in the debate is categorically false. CNN never corrected its reporting because CNN never had anything to correct. The Cruz campaign’s actions the night of the Iowa caucuses had nothing to do with CNN’s reporting. The fact that Senator Cruz continues to knowingly mislead the voters about this is astonishing.”

 

Here’s that exchange from the ABC debate.

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