While it is hardly a secret that the vast majority of those within the mainstream media are ideological leftists, their coverage of certain stories seriously drives that point home. Such was the case in the disparate coverage of filibusters by Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.)
Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid enacted a parliamentary procedure to prevent Cruz from engaging in a proper filibuster to halt a vote on funding ObamaCare, the Tea Party favorite nonetheless made his point in a nearly daylong speech that began Tuesday. His efforts, while applauded by millions opposed to socialized healthcare, was roundly trashed by major media sources and establishment politicians — even in his own party.
Davis’ 11-hour filibuster, a screed in favor of protecting a woman’s right to murder her own child, was heralded by leftists across the nation as her ticket to the Governor’s mansion.
The two Texans used very similar tactics, based ostensibly on deeply held personal views, in order to force others to consider an issue. Somehow, though, that process was considered virtuous when Davis did it but became an embarrassment sometime prior to Cruz’s foray.
In a surprisingly honest critique, Politico offered an article detailing the stark difference in the way both politicians were treated by reporters. The author bluntly conceded that “the mainstream media, generally speaking, don’t admire Cruz the way they admired Davis — or rather, they admire him only insofar as he makes for tragicomic theater, whereas they admired her on the merits.”
Chronicling some of the disparaging names Cruz has been called in the wake of his monumental speech, the article also includes its own jab at the conservative senator.
Conceding that media portrayals “may be accurate or inaccurate,” the author points out that Cruz has a perceived “elitist strain and he certainly has political ambitions.” Davis, a Harvard Law School graduate who has been slated for every political post up to and including the White House, apparently has neither.
Still, many in the media pretend that their bias doesn’t exist as they hurl insults toward Cruz and heap praise upon Davis.
Though he has not received praise for his impassioned speech from the media and many of his fellow politicians, Cruz has garnered incredible support from American citizens through social media campaigns and other avenues. An unknown candidate who ascended to defeat a sitting lieutenant governor thanks to his populist appeal, I’m sure he wouldn’t have it any other way.
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