Fact-Checking Ted Cruz


Dana “Mad Bitch Beer” Milbank at WaPo:

Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser

Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to fellow conservatives at the Federalist Society this week, provided detailed evidence of what the right calls the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration.

The Texas Republican, in his latest McCar­thyesque flourish, said he had a list of “76 instances of lawlessness and other abuses of power.”

To his credit, Cruz made his list public. But perhaps he shouldn’t have. An examination of the accusations reveals less about the lawlessness of the accused than about the recklessness of the accuser.

Cruz was particularly agitated about President Obama’s use of signing statements, executive orders, recess appointments and unconfirmed “czars” — omitting the salient detail that this president has used four less than George W. Bush, for whom Cruz worked as a campaign adviser and administration official.

Beyond such perennial check-and-balance disputes, Cruz’s list was a recitation of policy grievances (Cruz, if you haven’t heard, doesn’t like Obamacare very much, nor the president’s immigration policy). These were interspersed with some whoppers that the senator, a former Texas solicitor general, couldn’t have researched thoroughly.

Consider item No. 2 in the “Other Abuses of Power” section: “Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.” This does sound bad — and strange, given that Obama had publicly said he was “angry” about the release, which was “a bad decision.”

The footnote on Cruz’s allegation points to an article in the Australian newspaper, a curious source. I looked up the article, which stated that “the U.S. wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.”

Milbank goes on to detail about half a dozen other alleged errors in Cruz’s list of abuses of power. I’m not surprised. In all likelihood Ted didn’t prepare the list himself, he probably had one or members of his staff do the drudge work. Nonetheless, the boss is responsible for the work of his underlings.

I applaud Dana Milbank for taking the time to fact-check Ted Cruz. We shouldn’t trust any politician too much. The more important the situation, the more important it is to double-check what they tell us.

I only have one request – have reporters treat every politician and government official exactly the same.

When Harry Reid says things about Mitt Romney’s taxes or the Koch brothers, check to see if he can back up his claims. When Nancy Pelosi makes up quotes from an anonymous Republican “friend”, verify the person exists and made those statements. When she says that the families of the Benghazi victims don’t want a new investigation, ASK THEM if that’s the truth.

Pretty much every thing that comes out of Barack Obama’s or jay Carney’s mouths should be thoroughly fact-checked.

Not only that, but reporters should fact-check each other too. So when Candy Crowley misstates the facts in a Presidential debate, the public will know that she was wrong and Mitt Romney was right.

I realize that this is a radical idea, but I think if the news media were to try it the public would really appreciate it. It would be good for the country too.


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30 Responses to Fact-Checking Ted Cruz

  1. driguana says:

    Even the “fact checking” sites need fact checking! Who’s gonna bodyguard against the bodyguards?

  2. DeniseVB says:

    It’s why I have no party loyalty now, I don’t trust any of them to be honest with me.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Ok, other stuff (some grey area there myiq…lol) From SNL’s cold opening last night, sorry for the Blaze link, but don’t know how to post non-youtube vids……

    • The Klown says:

      I see that lie pop up a lot in comment threads.

      • The Klown says:

        Back in 2008 I used to have a bunch of stuff bookmarked to refute Obot lies, like Hillary’s “As far as I know” answer to a question about Obama being a Muslim.

        After I while I gave it up. Obot lies are unkillable zombies. I can’t think of a single instance where an Obot admitted they were wrong and quit spreading whatever lie we were discussing.

        • DeniseVB says:

          “unkillable zombies” = The 47%, Mitt was right 😉

          We have our work cut out for us til November. It’ll be like the NFL draft soap opera, only creepier. Who do we trust ? Not only for the long game but pitching warm bodies to get the job done. F**king politics, the only sport where the fans get to play too 😀

  4. The Klown says:
  5. fif says:

    Dana also misses the point: “omitting the salient detail that this president has used four less than George W. Bush, for whom Cruz worked as a campaign adviser and administration official.”

    So if Bush did it too it’s suddenly ok even if it’s unconstitutional? My how low standards have fallen…so much for “We will be unlike any administration in American history!”

    • helenk3 says:

      I did not let my kids get away with the ” but they did too” excuse, why should I let the governement do it?

    • DeniseVB says:

      My problem with the Blame Bush meme, Obama campaigned on being the anti-Bush-Repuke, bringing hope, change, rainbows and unicorn ponies back to America. Transparency, legislature bills online for weeks before Congress votes for them, the f**ker lied. He doubled down on the Bush mistakes, and those who called him on it (“teabaggers”) were, and still are, Obama’s greatest threat. That was in 2009. Flash Forward 5 years, now it’s anyone who disagrees with him.

  6. helenk3 says:


    this is beginning to make more and more sense everyday

  7. helenk3 says:


    this is a very good article on the divisions int today’s democratic party

  8. helenk3 says:


    judge jeanine opening statement last night

  9. 1539days says:

    So, Milbank refutes 10% of the instances. What about the other 70?

    • The Klown says:

      The article doesn’t say but I’m guessing that they fact-checked the whole list and the ones they cite in the article were the only ones they could refute.

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  11. The Klown says:

    Fmr Sec. of Def. Robert Gates: Assad is ‘Winning’:

    Assad is a Russian pawn. Putin is winning.

  12. The Klown says:

    THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON KOOLAID: Eleanor Clift Says Ambassador Stevens Was NOT Murdered In Benghazi:

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