DALLAS, TX: Why is a Democratic operative the only national reporter embedded with Ted Cruz?
Meet Teddy Schleifer, the CNN political reporter assigned to Cruz and Perry who once interned for Barack Obama.
He’s written a piece on Ted Cruz that is frankly speaking nonsense. He’s claiming that Cruz is back in Texas because he’s trying to shore up his base ahead of a Walker insurgency in Texas. How does he know that? Well, he doesn’t. There’s no polling to support that claim. [GotNews.com doesn’t link to CNN after Carol Costello libelously claimed that GotNews.com’s editor in chief wanted to assassinate a civil rights leader. You can find Teddy easily enough on the Twitters.]
Schleifer may be familiar to you from the Mississippi senate race. He manufactured a nontroversy between Senator Chris McDaniel and a pro-Cochran veteran. He also tweeted nasty things about me when I was giving a speech in Mississippi and I went right up to him and called him on it. He published a correction but reluctantly after I began following him around telling people not to talk to him because he was dishonest. I also pointed out his conflicts of interests on Twitter that he was working for Barack Obama at the same time he went around covering McDaniel.
Now he’s back.
Schleifer’s conflicts of interest were noted by the Washington Post back when he was a New York Times intern.
Schliefer’s résumé, posted on his Web site, says he was a speechwriting intern for Obama during the 2012 campaign. His duties included drafting “talking points and speeches for surrogates, including a dozen introductions of the president that grassroots supporters used to introduce him at campaign rallies,” according to the document.
Schliefer, who graduated from Princeton University in June, also was a speechwriting intern in the summer of 2011 for the Department of Education, during which he “authored 20 speeches, talking points, and scripts for Secretary Arne Duncan and surrogates, including a major speech on teacher professionalism and a commencement address. Communicated with policy, research and press staffs to coordinate messaging and language,” according to the document. [CJ: No word on why it is that the Washington Post misspelled Schleifer’s name.]
The Post reported that the Times knew of Schleifer’s conflict of interest but that conflict of interest isn’t disclosed on Schleifer’s LinkedIn page. Nor is it mentioned on any of Schleifer’s articles for CNN or the New York Times or the Houston Chronicle. It isn’t even mentioned on Schleifer’s (ridiculous) website or on his resume. In other words, the fact that a CNN political reporter’s past advocacy for Democratic talking points isn’t disclosed in his reporting.
How likely do you think it’ll be that a former Department of Education intern will be fair in covering a U.S. presidential candidate who openly calls for the Department of Education to be abolished?
How likely is it that Schleifer will fairly cover Cruz’s anti-Obamacare views when Schleifer demonized insurance company executives and pushed for “health care” reform?
How likely is it that he’ll be fair in his reporting when he wrote a gushing college thesis about blacks and Democratic turnout?
Schleifer brought Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag to campus when he was a student at Philips Exeter Academy. Here’s what he had to say about Orszag’s visit, according to his prep school’s website.
“I thought his presentation was excellent,” says Teddy Schleifer ’10, who contacted Orszag’s office last November to convince the OMB director to return to Exeter after a 20-year absence. “I wanted Mr. Orszag to visit Exeter because he has an insider’s perspective on what’s truly going on in Washington, whether it’s surrounding health care reform, financial regulation, or economic recovery. When it comes to budgetary issues, there’s simply no one brighter than Mr. Orszag, and I thought that the student body could learn a great deal from his vantage point.”
Schleifer, who introduced Orszag in Assembly Hall, was delighted that the OMB director was able to speak to so many Exonians. “His speech focused more on his time at Exeter, while the question-and-answer session delved deeper into some policy issues. The whole event had a nice balance: a good deal about what Exeter taught him combined with the stories and intrigue that comes with being President Obama’s right-hand man.”
That praise for the philandering Orszag wasn’t uncommon.
Just last year Schleifer praised former Vice President Al Gore at a Princeton event.
“Before Al Gore, combating climate change was an issue considered by academics alone. Now, it’s a generational calling that will define the 21st century,” said Class Day co-chair Teddy Schleifer. “If Princeton seniors are looking for an example of how to change the way we talk about the world, all they need to do is listen closely this Class Day.”
Global warming is a “generational calling”? Ted Cruz remains one of the few major critics of global warming hysteria.
Will Schleifer cover him favorably on that issue? It doesn’t seem likely. It may be difficult to remove an operative like Schleifer from the press pool but should he be on the Cruz bus? And what does it say about Cruz that he isn’t taking careful precautions in the midst of a genuine hostile actor?
And should CNN have the debates at all if it’s reporting coverage is so slanted and done by a long time operative?
Schleifer did not return muliple requests for comment.
Neither did Sam Feist, the Washington bureau chief of CNN, who once defended the Candy Crowley entry into the debate.
Perhaps he was otherwise engaged…
— Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN) September 3, 2015