Dylan Byers, the media reporter for Politico, notes that Ted Cruz is portrayed in the MSM as some kind of screwball for spending the night on the Senate floor to talk about Obamacare while when Democratic Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered abortion restrictions earlier this year, she was elevated to National Hero Status.
From the piece:
You can forgive conservatives for being upset with the mainstream media’s coverage of the Cruz affair. When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status, her tennis shoes become totems. When Cruz grandstands against Obamacare, he is a laughingstock in the eyes of many journalists on Twitter, an “embarrassment” in the eyes of The New York Times editorial board.
Part of the disparity in coverage is due to the fact that the mainstream media, generally speaking, don’t admire Cruz the way they admired Davis — or rather, they admire him only insofar as he makes for tragicomic theater, whereas they admired her on the merits.
I assure you, among journalists in Washington, you can’t say something like “The Tea Party has some great ideas” without having people excuse themselves and run to the rest room to explode into peals of laughter. When I started as a reporter in the 1990s, reporters casually spoke to each other about the “crazies” under Newt Gingrich in the House. Nothing’s changed.