Bias 101: ABC News/Ted Cruz Mandela Comments Edition

Check out the headline.

This is a post about the bias at work here, not about whether Cruz’s comments were correct/warranted/whatever. Having said that, I’m sure most will end up focusing on the comments themselves. Still, it’s important to catch some of the more subtle biases.


The headline is accurate but not very representative of the entire situation. It is meant solely to make Cruz supporters look indelicate and/or bigoted which, by extension makes Cruz himself appear to be the same.

That is the only reason ABC News posted this story.

As I write this, there are over 5,800 “Likes” on the Ted Cruz Facebook page for his statement. There are less than a thousand comments, many of which are lefties attacking Senator Cruz and all of his constituents. Yes, there are many supporters criticizing him and there is nothing wrong with that.

The point is that, percentage-wise, Cruz fans were overwhelmingly supportive of what he said. It’s not even close. One sentence in the post mentioned the number of likes but declined to indicate the small number of comments. If you read the whole thing you would get the impression that there were thousands of comments and all of them were critical of Cruz.


If there aren’t already, there will soon be demands that Cruz disavow these comments. This is the old lefty game that identifies an outlier in a story involving a Republican politician, which is followed by feigned outrage and demands that the politician make a public statement.

It’s disingenuous and a thinly veiled way of covering one’s you-know-what while slandering.

And it is only done to conservatives.


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