CNN's Morning Show Calls Out GOP Politicians for Going on Fox News After Shooting
Florida's Republican governor, and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all appeared on 'Fox & Friends' but not CNN's 'New Day.'
In an unusually pointed broadside at another network, CNN's morning show, New Day, and outspoken co-anchor Chris Cuomo called out three Republican politicians for declining to appear on CNN but sitting for interviews on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends.
An individual familiar with New Day's booking decisions confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that interview requests were made to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, all Republicans. The requests were declined.
"None of them would come on this morning," Cuomo said of the three politicians. Instead, they went on "the mother ship," meaning Fox News. "What are they afraid of?"
It wasn't just CNN. The left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters for America pointed out that no Republican officials appeared on the morning shows of MSNBC, NBC, ABC or CBS, as well.
Cruz did not take kindly to being called out, and said on Twitter that he's participated in three town halls for CNN, which is not directly answering Cuomo's critique. "You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them," he wrote.
Cruz's interview on Fox & Friends wasn't exactly a cakewalk, as co-host Brian Kilmeade pushed back on the senator's comments about immigration and President Donald Trump's proposed immigration plan.
Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long. You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them.... https://t.co/we6HBY0oQ9— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 15, 2018