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Media Analyst: Networks Tougher on Ted Cruz Than Rand Paul

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 04:23 PM

The liberal media have given Sen. Rand Paul a hard time over the years, but he isn't being trashed as badly as Sen. Ted Cruz now that both are running for president, says Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center.

"Over the years they've portrayed [Paul] as sort of this exotic libertarian type candidate," Noyes said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They call him a sexist when it comes to raising the Clinton scandals; he's a racist because he supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but not exactly the same way that liberals do, so that wasn't good enough for them.

"He [Paul] wants to cut government spending, which we all know is heartless and a terrible thing to do."

But compared to the kind of coverage Cruz is getting, the media "like" Paul better, said Noyes, who is also a senior editor at media watchdog NewsBusters.

"[The media] sort of found a couple of issues where he seems to agree more with President [Barack] Obama — that makes him refreshing from the media's point of view," Noyes said.

He said the morning Cruz threw his hat in the ring, ABC, NBC and CBS used the word "conservative" to describe the Texas Republican 13 times — "a way to really put him in the ideological cubby hole."

But when Paul, a Kentucky Republican, announced his candidacy, he was named only once as a conservative during an evening newscast.

"So that's sort of a different way of treating him, even though if you look at the American Conservative Union [which] rates their votes and lifetime scores, they're virtually indistinguishable," Noyes said.

"One hundred percent conservative rating for Ted Cruz, 98.7 for Rand Paul. So almost a miniscule difference and yet a difference in the way the networks are treating the two of them."

Noyes noted that Paul's charity work as an eye doctor — he performed more than 100 surgeries in Guatemala — is often overlooked.

"The Rand Paul story tells you that compassion comes from sources other than government sometimes, and of course liberals like to think you need government to have any compassion at all. So the more these stories are told the better it will be," he said.

He said that during Paul's appearance on NBC's Today show on Wednesday interviewer Savannah Guthrie "kept trying to paint him as a flip-flopper, changing his positions. She called him unorthodox, his political views."

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will unlikely be hit with labels or combative questions, he believes.

"Hillary Clinton's going to announce fairly soon – this week, next week, maybe the week after — and my guess is you will not get any of these ideological labels," he said.

"She will not be portrayed as unorthodox and you're going to get a much more positive human interest story from her even though she's got sort of a much more let's say confused family life than these other candidates."

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The liberal media have given Sen. Rand Paul a hard time over the years, but he isn't being trashed as badly as Sen. Ted Cruz now that both are running for president, says Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center.
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