Ted Cruz’s CNN Q-Anon Doritogate Didn’t Happen, Despite Screenshots
While the right-wing is always happy to denounce CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox as ‘fake news’ and ‘left-wing propaganda,’ in this case, CNN didn’t get it wrong, and Ted Cruz isn’t even upset about it.
A screenshot of a CNN editor’s note has been making the rounds on social media. Shared by ESPN‘s Don Van Natta Jr. and others, the text in the image suggests that the news network mistakenly reported that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was seen wearing a Q-Anon pin. The correction explains that in fact, it was just a Dorito stuck on Cruz’s suit.
CNN‘s own reporter, Daniel Dale, responded to the rumor, though, assuring the many followers who are used to watching him for Trump fact-checking, that in fact, the screenshot is fake and CNN made no such report, or correction.
Friends, I regret to inform you that this is not real. There is no CNN Doritos correction. pic.twitter.com/VeeNakOcHj
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 16, 2021
Shortly after Dale disappointed any Doritogate hopefuls, Cruz himself weighed in to let his own followers know that he doesn’t see the idea as completely implausible — after all, he says, he’s a Dorito fan.
I do love Doritos. https://t.co/TpmNNj16B8
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 16, 2021
While it’s not true that Cruz is connected to any new controversy due to Dorito dropping and overzealous Q-spotting, he’s embroiled in enough real trouble over his objection to the certification of the electoral vote in the 2020 election. As reported by Courthouse News, he’s being blasted far and wide as complicit in the attacks on the Capitol that day, for supporting, and continuing to support even after the attack, Donald Trump’s false claims about his election loss.