One of the most common themes of the final weeks of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign were his claims that the news media, particularly Fox News, were more supportive of Donald Trump’s campaign than his own.
“There is a broader dynamic at work, which is network executives have made a decision to get behind Donald Trump,” Cruz said Tuesday, prior to the results of the Indiana primary and his decision to suspend his campaign. “Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes at Fox News have turned Fox News into the Donald Trump network.”
Those comments didn’t sit well with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who fired back at the Texas senator on her blog with a post titled, I Don’t Know About ‘Lyin’ Ted’ but I Do Nnow About ‘Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story Ted.’
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“Almost every single day (including weekends) since at least last December when he last appeared on On The Record (the show Van Susteren hosts), the staff of On The Record has contacted the Cruz campaign offering Sen. Cruz live interviews, taped interviews or town halls,” Van Susteren wrote. “We even told his campaign on dozens occasions that they could pick the date and location for the town halls. He did not take us up on our offers. (His) staff claimed he was unavailable.
“We bent over backwards trying to give him the opportunity for interviews. He elected not to — which is his right — but now he is crying boo-hoo and claiming we are unfair.”
Van Susteren is not the only Fox News personality who called out the Cruz campaign for being difficult to work with in terms of access. Chris Wallace and Bill O’Reilly both said the Cruz campaign either turned down interview requests or put strict limits on how long the senator would be available. Last month, Sean Hannity told Cruz he was “sick” of the senator not giving straight answers to his question.
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There will be plenty of analysis on why the Cruz campaign faltered so badly in the weeks after his resounding victory in the Wisconsin primary, but the hosts of Fox News Channel will not accept being touted as one of the reasons the Texas senator could not win the nomination.
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