“Real journalism” at its finest.

Sen. Ted Cruz was among the many who mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and he posted this message yesterday on his Facebook page:


But ABC News didn’t think that was juicy enough. It made Sen. Cruz look like too decent a guy, you know? So in order to spice things up, writer Anneta Konstantinides decided to comb through the post’s comments for followers who said negative things about Mandela, because if she couldn’t use Cruz’s words to make him look bad, she might as well use other people’s.

Konstantinides, dutiful reporter that she is, was also careful to note that “Cruz’s office did not return calls seeking comment on his followers’ posts.”

Well, duh. Neither Cruz nor his office have anything to explain or apologize for.


Seriously, ABC News. Get a hobby. Clearly you’ve got nothing constructive to do these days.



Twitchy coverage of Ted Cruz

  • Mister A

    As did NPR “All Things Considered.”

    • kch50428

      At NPR, All things are considered as long as they’re not from conservatives…

    • Clete Torres

      National Propaganda Radio. It’s expected of them.

  • Juan Pablo

    This is the “no matter what” shtick that liberals have. No matter what Cruz is a racist/sexist/homophobe/tool of the oil industry etc. So nothing he says or does will matter and everything will be proof of his guilt.

    They use the same shtick with global warming. Literally EVERY SINGLE WEATHER CONDITION “proves” global warming. Everything is proof, even commenters on Cruz’s Facebook page. Because it must be true, no matter what

  • Pablo

    CNN did it too.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    I knew it from the moment Cruz honored Mandela, there would be some deranged… Oops, I mean special people who would call him a “RINO” for it. Then the urine stream media would make a big deal about it. *sigh*

    Stay strong Cruz!

  • Michelle ✓classified

    This is exactly how the media keeps the hatred toward the GOP alive and well. This is how the media controls the minds of low-info voters. No matter how so very not newsworthy, mainstream media will “report” on it as long is it showcases an attack on the GOP. The media must keep attacking Ted Cruz for even the most minor BS, it keeps the masses brainwashed against the GOP.

  • CO2 Producer

    It’s surprising that any mainstream outlet would dare to expose Mandela as a communist. Brave move, ABC.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’m shocked– SHOCKED– that politicians hear from, and meet with, people who might not pass somebody’s sniff test!
    (First Lady Rosalynn Carter pictured, meeting with local Democratic committeeman John Wayne Gacy.)

    • Clete Torres

      Democrats like to press the flesh with their biggest supporters.

    • arttie

      I take it that this picture is not on the wall at the Carter Library.

  • michael s

    You should go on his Facebook page. Your leader is being attacked by fellow right-wingers for honoring Nelson Mandela. I love it.

    • grais

      So, then, all right-wingers don’t have the same beliefs…izzat what you’re saying?
      They don’t march in lock-step, eh?

    • Clete Torres

      What a surprise. Simple-minded fools like yourself are easily amused.

      • grais

        Hey, at least he didn’t say that it’s all about racism.
        may be a first.

        • Clete Torres


        • tops116 ✓Quipper

          Hmm, so the one time Mikey doesn’t invoke racism, it’s when a Hispanic is being criticized? Mikey, do you have something you’d like to share with the rest of us. 😉

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Don’t count your chickens yet.

        • RedSoloCup

          Don’t give the mental midget any ideas.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Your leader”?

      Of what specifically?

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      Your leader is being attacked by fellow right-wingers racist left-wingers for honoring Nelson Mandela.

      Fixed that for you, dude.

      • michael s

        If that were true,I’d feel the same. However its Cruz’s base attacking him.

        • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

          all of them now?

          or just a few purist hotheads…

          You prove nothing but your desperate need to smear..

          Try reading the comments at kos Huff n Puff and Unthinking Progress… they’d make most centrist Americans puke in revulsion.. the fact is, you pretty well cornered the market on fringe crazies..

          gasping in horror that we have some folks not happy Mandala was aligned with the Soviets doesn’t do much harm, if the public were ever allowed to know that he was. That part of his past oh so lovingly white washed away by the left wing media.

          No one is perfect, Mandala less so than many others..

          That doesn’t make Cruz wrong, or those comments less accurate about Mandala’s past.

          But ABC will play it for all the GOP hatred they can gin up, as they always do. They like every other left wing outlet, ignore the ANC conducted hundreds of terror bombings.. and with Mandala’s approval..

          He evolved into a man of peace, but he sure as Hell didn’t start there.

        • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

          RRIIGGHHTT… After all, it is against the law to post a criticism of a politician if you are not one of his followers. Or something.


    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Isn’t that cute? Mikey saw something shiny and got entertained. Hey, whatever distracts you from the Obamacare implosion.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It’s very nearly 2014. Can you understand that even “black” icons can be controversial?

      What is your position on communism?

      • michael s

        Against it.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          It’s not clear how much Mandela was against it.

    • Chevypowered

      Sorry but Nelson Mandela wasn’t the shiny coin everyone portrays him to be.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      First Cruz is a Senator for Tx. We are not all from Tx, so he cant be ‘our’ leader.

      Second, and I know this is hard for progs to understand, sometimes folks in the same political party disagree.
      Yes, shocking, I know.
      Im a little dismayed at the love fest over Mandela, hes done some evil things, look it up.

      Agreement is not a requirement in life and healthy, factual debate can be a good thing.

      • michael s

        Why did 1000’s of you at NRA meeting say to Cruz” You are our leader” then?
        Why do cons want to copy PresObama’s historic Senate to president success, with Cruz if he’s not your leader?

        • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Cruz is a viable candidate nothing more.

          Conservatives support candidates they agree with on the majority of issues.
          We don’t idol worship “leaders” and form a cult.
          Oh and a cite for the NRA thing? Im a member and Ive never heard that.

          • michael s

            May 3 2013 twitchy topic: Akward: Washington Times writer says Ted Cruz’ blew away ‘ 6,000 people at NRA convention.

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            A swing and a miss.
            Again hes a viable candidate, folks want him to run. Its not a cult and hes not the cult leader.

          • michael s

            You’re dishonest.

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Youre an idiot. There now were even.

          • michael s

            You’re a bigger idiot.

        • Infinite_Indeterminism

          NRA – which means it was a debate on the topic of second amendment rights. And in that context we consider him a leader!

          Unlike the collectivist hordes, we don’t do the lemming-like “Follow El Supremo LEADER!” – we debate issues among ourselves, and make our own minds up ourselves, instead of buying and internalizing today’s Pravda.

          • michael s

            At least you are somewhat honest.

    • Noah

      Mandela was rabidly anti-israel and tried to excuse terrorism against israelis. im not surprised that you would love him and that “rightwingers” would dislike him.

      • michael s

        Im not aware that he tried to excuse terrorism against israelis . However, if a nation helped your oppressors(The apartheid gov’t of south Africa), develop nuclear bombs as Israel did ,wouldn’t you be anti that nation?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          He was a great statesman, which means he was a great politician. He wasn’t as great for the West and for free market capitalism and liberty for all as he is made out to be.

          He wasn’t an uber-villain either and it’s understandable that he made some compromises. It’s not so much criticism of him as it is of uncritical observers who deify a flawed man. It cheapens the reputations of the better men who deserve the honors. He had a smooth rap for the “international community” and maybe he changed. It’s a question of honesty, which is always the best policy. People have not been honest about him and now that he’s passed some would like to rectify that a little I suppose, as they started to when he got sick.

          If his reputation had been more balanced before today I’m sure people wouldn’t mind the uncritical lovefest during this mourning period. But guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger have turned him in to a demigod or quasi-god. If there had been more balance, people might not even care about that.

          OTOH I don’t have a problem at all with what Cruz said because it’s true. It may not be the entire truth but it’s close enough for a eulogy.

          But how much is Mandela to blame for the hellhole that exists there now? It’s an interesting question that few people dare to ask. That’s the issue as far as I see it.

          I didn’t read any of the comments on Cruz’s pages. I’m not interested in following that.

        • John_LC_Silvoney

          “Im not aware…”
          You could stop right there and sum up yourself and your posting history.

          • michael s

            What about the rest of the post?

          • Infinite_Indeterminism


            If the entire point is about SA gaining nukes – what’s the reference to apartheid ? I can conceive of no reasonable (or even unreasonable) course of developments that would make nukes a relevant tool in that context.

            So what’s the relevance then ???

    • Howard Roark

      Or Mobys

    • RedSoloCup

      Mikey Mikey Mikey… hurts to have a single digit IQ?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    File it under “If they didn’t talk about this, they’d have to talk about Obamacare.” Boy, that list is getting as crowded as the number of people Obama threw under the bus.

  • froggy19510

    Cruz 2016!

  • IronmanREV3

    People of the United States of America,
    Journalists when they fabricate stories to make anyone look bad should be taken out and stoned to death,Since the left wing endorses and embraces the Islamic World.Punishment should be handed out accordingly 😈

  • teamfrazzled

    Just tip of the iceberg of what the leftist media intends to do to destroy Cruz if he runs for president.

    • Dennis K.

      The problem is, a lot of people believe this slop and vote based on it. It’s downright scary.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    They go looking for trash on Cruz and cant find it so the go looking for trash on his supporters? Are you kidding me? This is news?
    I cant wait to go to Raw Story and send them some of their supporters posts, those folks are insane!

  • Locutus O. Borg

    And somehow, Malkin, you post twitter feeds that bash democrats and liberals on a daily basis. Recidivism much?

  • Axelgreaser

    ABC USES FACEBOOKERS TO SHAME TED CRUZ!? LOL! What’s left of the real journalists OR TV talking heads, ie , FOX, could turn that around and just sit, hour after hour and read verbatim from FB and in fact ANY blog site comments regarding how they fee about lying President ‘Stompy Foot’ Obama and the lefty, liberal Democrats and the air would turn blue.

  • $41798064

    ABC should be ashamed of itself. But they have no self-awareness.

  • RedSoloCup

    And ABC (All Barack Channel) wonders why they suck.

  • Barack Hussein Sharpton

    You can go on any topic posted by Obama supporters, inside and outside the media, and find comments from liberals and Blacks wishing that older, White Americans would die out.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Some will actually propose that they be helped along in that process.

  • John Q.

    I find it hilarious that Twitchy is the one posting this when 90% of what Twitchy does is fish for Facebook or Twitter comments that make a particular side/person look bad.

  • Howard Roark

    So we can judge politicians by their supporters comments?

    Obama spiritual advisor- Rev Jeremiah Wright ” G-d damn America….chickens comin’ home to roost”

    Obama green jobs czar- Van Jones “Bush ‘may have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen”

  • lcky9

    does ANYONE who has a working brain cell believe ANYTHING the MSM says or types anymore,,??? I use to get upset by this sort of stuff coming from the left but now I don’t know anyone even on the left that believes them anymore.. fact is even my liberal sister calls me to tell me when the left actually reports on things I already told her were happening.. even she’s amazed when they report something of substance and truthful…