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How the Conservative Media Went Nuts When David Brooks and I Discussed Cruz's "Satanic" Tone

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Jeez, the conservative media is really sensitive these days when it comes to Sen. Ted Cruz.

On Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks, a mild conservative, and I were on the PBS Newshour, and our discussion of Cruz's recent surge in Iowa really ticked off some within the right-wing press. Here are a few headlines:

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PBS: Ted Cruz and His Father Are 'Satanic' (National Review)

Watch PBS Panel of Journalists Call Ted Cruz and His Father 'Satanic' (The Blaze)

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PBS Panel: Ted Cruz and His Pastor Father 'Satanic' (cnsnews.com)

The Blaze story summed up the big news this way: "During Friday's episode of 'PBS NewsHour,' New York Times columnist David Brooks and Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn referred to presidential hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his father as 'satanic.'"

I don't know about Brooks, but I was besieged on Twitter by conservatives who hurled angry how-dare-you tweets at me. Some accused me of committing a hate crime (the victims: Christians). But this was yet another exercise of false right-wing outrage, and a demonstration of rather poor reading comprehension on the right.

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