In a recent episode of “The Verdict,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined co-host Ben Ferguson to shed light on the mainstream media’s biased coverage of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Cruz expressed no shock in the media’s defense of Hamas and the Palestinians, accusing them of falling over themselves to support a terrorist organization. He emphasized Hamas’s use of civilians as human shields and their reliance on the global media to demonize Israel using civilian casualties.
Cruz pointed out specific examples of media bias, such as MSNBC host Ali Velshi downplaying the Palestinian protests against Israel’s “judicial reforms” and attempting to shift blame towards Israel for “inhumane treatment” of Palestinians. Cruz labeled such remarks as striking and devoid of nuance. He also criticized The Los Angeles Times’ Adam Elmahrek for disputing Hamas’s atrocities, even after Israel released images of murdered babies.
The senator further highlighted MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, who tried to justify Hamas’s actions as self-defense against Israeli home demolitions and arrests. Ferguson clarified that this was not a military force but an act of terrorism, unequivocally different from legitimate military tactics. Cruz explained Hamas’s battle plan, counting on the media’s extreme bias to amplify their claims.
CNN is Hamas’s Air Force. As is MSNBC and ABC. Here’s the evidence.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 16, 2023
The conversation addressed various problematic remarks from Sunny Hostin of ABC News’s “The View,” who compared Hamas to the Proud Boys and accused Israel of committing war crimes. Cruz criticized Hostin’s flawed legal analysis and anti-Israel bias, implying that ABC News had made a grave error in allowing such commentary.
CNN also faced scrutiny, as Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouti appeared on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” to justify Hamas’s actions as targeted military strikes, despite ample evidence of civilian casualties and war crimes. Cruz called Barghouti a Hamas propagandist and accused CNN of giving a platform to a paid liar for Hamas.
The trend of media bias was evident in Nada Bashir’s report on CNN, where she claimed Israel’s attack on Hamas did not happen in a vacuum and characterized Israeli policies as apartheid. Ferguson labeled Bashir as an antisemitic reporter, and Cruz pushed for evidence to back her claims.
Throughout the discussion, Cruz and Ferguson warned of escalating media bias and the likelihood of more distorted coverage as Hamas continues to provoke Israel. They emphasized the need for the press to acknowledge the facts and not blindly repeat Hamas’s propaganda. The media’s complicity in amplifying Hamas’s claims and demonizing Israel was a cause for concern, especially as more children lose their lives in this conflict due to Hamas’s tactics.
In recent developments, Hamas falsely claimed that Israel targeted a hospital, which was actually a misfired rocket from terrorists. This incident highlights the prevalence of “fake news” in media coverage, as pointed out by conservative writers like Spencer and Katie.