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The Ted Cruz Talk-a-thon

September 26, 2013

I thought it would be interesting how people on both sides covered the recent marathon speech delivered by Texas senator, Ted Cruz.

For those who are unfamiliar, Republican Ted Cruz was attempting a filibuster on the senate floor to show his opposition to Obamacare. Cruz began speaking at approximately 2 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, and didn’t finish up until 21 hours later. He argued that he didn’t want Democrats to be able to fully fund President Obama’s healthcare plan.

To begin, here is a collection of some of the more memorable portions of this speech.

When I checked with some of my more reliable political resources, I overwhelmingly saw a response to Cruz’s speech from both sides of the aisle.

In a new practice I’m going to begin using on this blog, “The Bias Bar,” I’m going to determine which content lies on which side. More liberal-leaning coverage will earn a story or source a blue rating. A more conservative source will achieve a red rating. Anything which is neutral or encompasses both sides of the story will have a white rating, although unfortunately, I can’t incorporate any fun colors for that level.

From one source, they are encouraging readers to #MakeDCListen and believe that absolutely no funding should be given to Obamacare. They tell you the only way to stop Obamacare is to stop it from happening now. They say that all the Democrats in the senate plan to vote on for the bill and they will be able to “gain leverage over conservatives” and pass the bill. They argue that this is not just a Republican issue, that it is “an American issue,” and that everyone needs to stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Although they try to paint this as an American issue, this posting really leans heavily to the right. Bias Bar: RED

Another site I found talking about the speech (there was a pop-up encouraging me to sign up to stop Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell when I first visited the site, so I think I know which way this goes already) caught my attention because it offered a very open-minded-sounding title to its post. The headline of this post talks about a democrat applauding Ted Cruz for his nearly day-long speech. However, upon further inspection, it talks about a democratic strategist on the FOX News team appeared on the Sean Hannity show and stated that she supported Cruz’s idea. It expands much more on what the strategist said, but basically just discusses how she was catering to the FOX News viewers.

This story clearly leans to the left. Bias Bar: BLUE

Get used to seeing the Bias Bar appear on many more of my posts to see who says what when it comes to news equality.

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