Ted Cruz Says CNN Has Abandoned Journalism, Become a 'Weak Echo of MSNBC'

Firebrand Republican Senator Ted Cruz has hit out at CNN, branding the news network a "weak echo of MSNBC."

Cruz (R-TX), who is known for regularly lashing out the left and liberals, took to Twitter to attack CNN.

In the post, he shared a tweet by the Daily Caller that claimed Jake Tapper had lost 75 percent of his audience since former President Donald Trump left office in January.

Sen. Cruz's post, shared late last night, read: "It's almost as if CNN deciding to abandon journalism and become full-time political propagandists has turned them into a weak echo of MSNBC.

"Hard to imagine there isn't a huge audience for dishonest leftists preaching to other leftists."

It’s almost as if @CNN deciding to abandon journalism and become full-time political propagandists has turned them into a weak echo of MSNBC.

Hard to imagine there isn’t a huge audience for dishonest Leftists preaching to other Leftists. https://t.co/WIggVAxB8g

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 29, 2021

His post was liked on more than 4,690 occasions and retweeted some 680 times as of Tuesday morning.

A Fox News report claimed the CNN host has seen viewers tune out from his show The Lead with Jake Tapper and that it had seen a sharp decline since it had a spike in January.

According to Fox News, Tapper's show had an average of 2.8 million viewers in January but slumped to 706,000 in the 4 p.m. ET timeslot from May 31 through to June 23.

This would represent roughly a three-quarters fall in its audience in only a few months.

However, CNN said The Lead With Jake Tapper had averaged 825,00 in total cable news viewers in its 4 p.m. slot for May. CNN has been contacted for its comments on the ratings claim by Fox News and Daily Caller.

CNN is widely considered to be a liberal-leaning news network and it along with the similarly-perceived MSNBC routinely provokes the ire of conservative figures and politicians.

Tapper himself has regularly shared his views on Republicans and the Trump administration, including saying he had inflicted failures on the U.S. during an October 2020 segment of his show.

Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) joined Sen. Cruz in hitting out at Tapper's reported rating slump in recent months.

She also took to Twitter and retweeted the same Daily Caller article that Cruz did and added: "No amount of his secret begging of Republicans to appear on his unwatched show will change this trajectory.

"Americans are tuning out #FakeTapper for good reason. I'm sure he will throw his producers and bookers under the bus again..."

Former President Donald Trump also regularly hit out at CNN and used his catchphrase "fake news" to refer to the network.

During his time in office, Trump instead favored promoting outlets such as Fox News and later the One America News Network.

Both networks are considered to be right-leaning and employing presenters who have a positive opinion of former president Donald Trump.

Newsweek has contacted Sen. Cruz and CNN for comment.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to members of the press after a Senate Republican luncheon at Russell Senate Office Building March 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Cruz regularly hits out at liberals and leftists. Getty Images/Alex Wong