Media ignores Ted Cruz's RNC speech
On Tuesday night, Cruz took the podium at the RNC in Tampa immediately after former Sen. Rick Santorum spoke, but rather than give him air time, media news outlets including MSNBC and CNN did not show the speech. PBS and C-SPAN were the only major national news broadcasters to show his entire speech, which was met with loud applause and cheers from convention delegates.
Cruz said America is witnessing a "great awakening...a national movement of 'we the people,' brought together by what unites us, a shared love of liberty."
Cruz also spoke of his background, including the history of his mother, and the struggles of his father, who was imprisoned and tortured in Cuba before he could escape to Texas with $100 sewn into his underwear. He also blasted the Obama administration for their handling of the economy the last four years. "Government is not the answer. You are not doing anyone a favor by creating dependency, destroying individual responsibility," he said.
MSNBC's coverage of the Republican National Convention has been especially critical, blasting the GOP on issues like abortion, health care, and immigration. As Red Alert Politics pointed out, however, MSNBC chose to ignore all minorities the GOP featured Tuesday night in their television coverage.
Not only did MSNBC refuse to show a moment of the Ted Cruz speech, but they also chose not to show speeches by former Democratic Rep. Arthur Davis (who is African American), Puerto Rican First Lady Vela Fortuno, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love (who is African American). Instead, they featured the commentary of Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.