Brent Bozell

The media elite have the same knives drawn for Sen. Ted Cruz, like Rubio, a tea party favorite. Cruz drew media hostility for daring to underline the truth that the government of Iran put out a statement expressing its fondness for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. James Fallows, a former editor of U.S. News and World Report and current NPR pundit, wrote a blog suggesting Sen. Cruz was "Separated at Birth" from Joseph McCarthy and then others reflexively followed suit, like Chris Matthews.

The "Hardball" host insisted "I rarely say it, but there was echoes of Joe McCarthy there. Really strong echoes. ... The jackals are in the street tonight." This is not new turf for Mr. Matthews. He also insisted in 2010 that Michele Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh were McCarthyites or worse.

One would think at this late date a "historian" like Matthews could recognize that ahem, there were a pile of Communist Party operatives inside the U.S. government during the "Red Scare." (He should read "Blacklisted by History" by Stan Evans.)

So now we have Matthews calling one Latino senator a boy playing with Tinkertoys and another one a jackal in the street. Imagine the apoplexy if a Fox News host used these terms for Obama or a Latino liberal.

From Clarence Thomas to Rubio and Cruz, media liberals have never been able to stand the idea that Republicans admire and welcome conservative minorities, not just for their talents, but for the courage they display to endure the endless mudslinging of liberals.

Rubio and Cruz could see how easy it is to sit on the other side of the partisan aisle. See Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who has not only admitted failing to disclose several free trips to the Dominican Republic from a major donor, but faces charges he enjoyed prostitutes on those trips. From Jan. 24 through the morning of Feb. 18, there have been a total of just seven stories aired on the Big Three network's evening and morning shows.

NBC had four stories and CBS three, most of them heavily loaded with the Menendez side of the story. ABC has yet to do a single morning or evening story on the brewing scandal. Sen. Menendez actually appeared on the Jan. 27 edition of ABC's "This Week," but guest host Martha Raddatz embarrassed herself by not asking a single question about the scandal.

It's ridiculous that a Latino senator can get in more "hot water" for drinking water than for a corruption scandal. But that's the way our "objective" networks play with Latino Republicans.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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