Why Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio's Criticism Of The Media During GOP Debate Was The Right Move

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sens. Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio.Sens. Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio.

Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida received resounding applause during the CNBC GOP Debate on Oct. 28 after criticizing the media for supporting liberal and Democratic views.

The favorable response they received may be explained by a recent Gallup poll that found only 32 percent of Republicans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media.

Independents joined Republicans in their mistrust of the media, with only 33 percent of respondents stating they trust the media a great deal or a fair amount. Fifty-five percent of Democrats surveyed in the poll said they do trust the media on those levels.

Gallup has been asking Americans about the media since 1997, and Republicans have repeatedly displayed the lowest levels of trust.

During the third GOP debate, Rubio and Cruz criticized the mass media for actively supporting liberal Democrats, The Huffington Post reports.

Rubio referred to the mainstream media as “the Democrats’ super PAC.”

When Cruz was asked about why he’s against the compromise budget bill that will likely pass Congress, and whether or not his opposition is proof that he is “not the kind of problem-solver American voters want,” he took the opportunity to attack the media, according to Time Magazine. 

“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said. “This is not a cage match.”

Cruz added that compared to the Democratic debate, the Republican debate was being treated like a sideshow.

Overall, only 40 percent of Americans trust the mass media, according to the Gallup poll. The amount has fallen 15 percent since 1999 when 55 percent of Americans said they had confidence in the media.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Time, Gallup / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Marc Nozell/Flickr