(National Sentinel) Fake News: Several hosts and personalities on CNN complained after the most recent school shooting in Florida that they couldn’t seem to book any Republican lawmakers for interviews.
Tweeting a graphic featuring Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the network’s media watchdog Brian Stelter added, “What are they afraid of? CNN calling out [the three politicians] for avoiding interviews.”
CNN host Chris Cuomo, whose brother is Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, also called out Republicans for failing to appear on his program (though GOP members of Congress frequently do) to answer questions about gun control.
“If Cruz thinks gun control improvement is not the answer, what is?” Cuomo tweeted. “Ask the question, Senator: what are we going to do to stop school shootings? Don’t just say what won’t work, work to find an answer!”
Shortly thereafter, Cruz corrected the record, tweeting that he had been interviewed by CNN for 15 minutes and provided answers to those and other questions, but the network did not air a single minute of it.
“That’s funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?” he tweeted.
The Texas Republican has been highly critical of CNN for misrepresenting his willingness to go on-air to defend his positions regarding the Second Amendment.
Cruz’s senior communications director, Catherine Frazier, also hit the network this week for complaining that her boss wouldn’t appear on-air after giving his office little-to-no-advance notice of the appearance.
Cruz also noted in an additional tweet that he did three televised debates with Sen. Bernie Sanders on CNN during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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