When Sen. Ted Cruz’ unhinged rant about the “world is on fire” goes viral, Fox News is there for some Republican Rehab. Both on prime time with Megyn Kelly and on Fox’s signature morning show, Fox & Friends.
As our friends at Crooks and Liars reported, likely 2016 presidential contender Cruz was stopped in the middle of his fear mongering by a little girl during a New Hampshire speech on Sunday. “We risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world,” Cruz said, if a Democrat is elected in 2016. In addition to the Obama economy being “a disaster” and Obamacare “a train wreck,” "The whole world is on fire,” too, thanks to the "Obama-Clinton foreign policy."
A young girl in the audience spoke up. “The world is on fire?” she asked.
Cruz then switched gears to tell her, “Your mommy is here and everyone is here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better.”
When the encounter went viral, Fox News stepped in!
On Fox & Friends this morning, Steve Doocy fed Cruz-friendly lines to the mother of the little girl who was also a Cruz fan. “In reality, she looked at him as a firefighter or a hero,” Mom told us.
Doocy asked, “Did she ask you whether the senator was like somebody on her favorite show on Nickelodeon?” Just a wild guess, I’m sure.
But why, yes, daughter Julia did ask that!
“Yes, Paw Patrol – Marshall,” Mom said.
Doocy laughed appreciatively.
Doocy said, mockingly, “As it turns out, the mainstream media said that Ted Cruz terrified a little kid, he scared her, he startled her. Is that true?”
Doocy’s face was a picture of earnestness. But he obviously knew what Mom would say.
“No, absolutely not,” Mom insisted. She repeated that her daughter saw Cruz as a hero. “He’s a firefighter. She looked at him like he, he was going to save her.”
“Yeah,” Doocy said, admiringly. Then, “Are you disappointed in how a number of mainstream media outlets depicted what Ted Cruz did to your daughter?”
“I’m very upset,” Mom told him. “I’m very upset from the fact that they portrayed him like he was evil and he was not. And never even once did they ask me or my daughter what really happened. And when I did say stuff to the reporters that were there, they did not fill in the last part that I had told them, which was, she thought he was a firefighter.”
“Sure. Well, Michelle, you know how it works,” Doocy said snidely. “There are a number of mainstream media outlets who try to make people on the political right look like crazy people.” As if Fox doesn't vilify its political foes 24/7.
Smiling, Doocy continued, “He was simply answering, you know, the question she had asked and when she heard ‘fire,’ she thought about the guy on her favorite TV show.”
Last night, Megyn Kelly ran a similar segment with Fox reporter Shannon Bream clearly designed to do some image-polishing for Cruz.
Nobody cared about how incendiary Cruz’ rhetoric actually was.
Watch it below, from today’s Fox & Friends and last night’s The Kelly File.
That is a great point. I hope I can remember to use it myself some time.