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- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
"Miraculous. COVID cured, the very instant the networks called the race for Biden," the Texas Republican tweeted Tuesday, appearing to latch onto a right-wing conspiracy theory that the media only aggressively covered the coronavirus pandemic to embarrass President Donald Trump.
As evidence of his claim, Cruz reshared side-by-side screen shots tweeted by GOP operative Steve Guest which appear to show a pre-election CNN segment with a counter tracking COVID-19 numbers and a post-election one without the tracker. "Gone is the COVID tracker and doom and gloom purple background," Guest wrote, as if the shifting hue of the backdrop was a smoking gun.
Miraculous. COVID cured, the very instant the networks called the race for Biden. https://t.co/YcYeIolilZ— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 10, 2020
CNN Senior Media Reporter Oliver Darcy responded to Cruz, calling the allegation "false."
"CNN has, for a while now, used the COVID tracker when discussing ... wait for it ... COVID. It used the COVID tracker yesterday when discussing the coronavirus too." Further, Darcy recommended Cruz not take the word of Republican operatives without first checking facts: "They mislead a lot!"
What you’re tweeting is false. CNN has, for a while now, used the COVID tracker when discussing ... wait for it... COVID. It used the COVID tracker yesterday when discussing the coronavirus too. Would recommend not taking GOP’s word without checking first. They mislead a lot! https://t.co/UVBLOLwFBc— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 10, 2020
Only there's a problem with expecting Cruz to fact check anything from his GOP cronies.
Since the election, the senator's Twitter feed has been full of unsubstantiated allegations about widespread ballot fraud and crooked elections officials. Given Cruz's partisan willingness to double down on Trump's most dubious claims of a stolen election, it doesn't appear truth or accuracy are exactly at the top of his Twitter best-practices list.
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