The media has declared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) enemy No. 1 (until Donald Trump speaks at the CPAC) for traveling to Cancún amid the crisis in Texas.
The blue-chip outlets on TV and online have painted Cruz as the most despicable politician not named Donald Trump since Ron DeSantis. And it could get worse, now that Joe Rogan, another mainstream media foe, has made sense of the situation:
“Here’s the thing: What can Cruz do? What is the reason for him staying?” Rogan, who moved to Texas last year, asked.
“Can he make it warm out?” Rogan went on. “Maybe he should be there with blankets and put them over the pipes.”
“It’s funny. It’s the people that hate him the most are the ones like, ‘He should be there!’ And it’s like, ‘Doing what?!'” Rogan’s guest Tim Dillon responded.
The optics for Cruz’s decision were poor, clearly. He should not have left. Sending his wife and children out of Texas is fine, but as an elected official, he cannot leave during a crisis. That said, Rogan is right. In reality, Cruz leaving didn’t change anything. He did not endanger residents, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did. As usual, the media outrage is overblown and lacking in context.
Should Cruz be called out and criticized? Sure. Is it as bad and historically dark as MSNBC and Morning Joe claim? Of course not.
Once again, the only sense made of a situation comes from independent media. If one wants to understand the reasons behind Joe Rogan’s success, look no further.