The New York Times prides itself on providing “all the news that’s fit to print,” and apparently a front-page ‘expose’ on Heidi Nelson Cruz, wife of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), is exactly what the American people need to read today.
“Let me go into the Cruz story here. There's a story on the front page of the New York Times today about Ted Cruz and his wife,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Did you know who his wife is?”
“This is scandalous,” Pat joked.
The article, “Vegetarian M.B.A. Beside G.O.P. Conservative,” is highlighted on the front page of the Times today, and appears in its entirety on page A12. The web edition of the story bears a slightly different headline: “A Wife Committed to Cruz’s Ideals, but a Study in Contrasts to Him.” But it takes just one sentence for the purpose of the article to become crystal clear.
“At first glance, Senator Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, seems to be just the sort of person the Tea Party supporters who celebrate her husband’s anti-establishment positions love to hate,” is how writer Ashley Parker begins the story.
But then comes the most shocking revelation – Mrs. Cruz is a Harvard educated vegetarian who works for Goldman Sachs:
A vegetarian with a Harvard M.B.A., Mrs. Cruz is a managing director at Goldman Sachs, one of the Wall Street firms that helped set off the populist rage that ushered Mr. Cruz into the Senate in 2012. She works for Goldman in Houston, where she lives with the couple’s two young children, and as her husband’s fame has increased — depending on the audience, he is among the most pilloried or revered members of the Senate — she has maintained a low profile.
“She's a vegetarian with a Harvard M.B.A.,” Glenn said shaking his head. “I didn't know he married an educated woman who was a vegetarian! I mean who is the conspiracy theorist here? The New York Times… Why would we hate her? She's a vegetarian? Who cares? She's educated? Good. But it goes further. She's also successful… Why would anyone find this interesting in saying that this is supposed to be really, really bad? Just because you work for Goldman Sachs doesn't make you a bad person.”
As an Ivy League educated, working mother, Mrs. Cruz should be a darling of the left. Instead, the Times awkwardly attempts to contrast her and her husband, which led Glenn to question who had the idea to run this article.
“I'll bet you this story came from a GOP operative,” Glenn said.
“I bet you're right. Stories like this don't generally start from the reporter. And we found that out over the years from people who have attacked you and other sources,” Stu agreed. “And what a lot of times happens is you have people, representatives from a group that does not like [the person] that pitches the story to the reporter, who was very surprised like, ‘You know what we should do is expose how pretty his wife is. His wife is pretty and successful and she doesn't even eat meat!’ I mean, come on!”
“Thank you, New York Times, for exposing the news we really need,” Glenn said sarcastically. “At least somebody's doing their job!”
Read the entire New York Time's article on Mrs. Cruz HERE.
Front page image courtesy of the AP