Ted Cruz falls for fake news, then blames real media for calling him out
Sen. Ted Cruz’s latest attempt to own these danged libs failed miserably on Thursday when the Texas Republican fell in love with a tweet from a supposedly non-existent report in The Atlantic.
Cruz tweeted a link to what looked like an article from The Atlantic headlined “The Evolution of White Supremacy” with this subtitle: “In Dearborn Michigan, Muslim parents who oppose teaching children pornography are emerging as the new face of the far right.
Later, after many people pointed out that there was no such article on the Atlantic, Cruz deleted his tweet.
The story that was the supposed subject of the tweet has a basis in reality. A group of Muslim parents recently objected to making LGBTQ books available to students, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Atlantic has never written about the controversy, however, and the author credited with writing the nonexistent article, Abby Ohlheiser, hasn’t worked for the magazine since 2014, according to WGHP-TV.
Naturally, Twitter users checked Cruz’s post and found it without facts.
Some people called out the senator for deleting his tweet from the bogus article without publicly admitting his mistake.
When Cruz finally confessed, he blamed a familiar scapegoat: the media.
“I didn’t know that was wrong,” he wrote. “You guys are so crazy, this could easily have been real.”
Some people decided that Cruz needed to be reminded of other times he spread misinformation in his relentless efforts to, yes, own these libraries:
Meanwhile, reporter Ohlheiser said she had her name falsely attached to fake news made for a tough day.