October 25, 2022

If you figured Ted Cruz being on ABC’s “The View” on Monday would produce some fireworks, you would have been right.

The Republican senator from Texas went on the talk show and it wasn’t long before protestors in the audience disrupted things. But get this: At first, the protests were not even about Cruz. 

As the panel interviewed Cruz, who was talking about inflation, a group of women reportedly began shouting, “Cover climate now.”

At that point, co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Ladies, excuse us. Let us do our job! We hear what you all have to say but you gotta go. You gotta let us do our job.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin then said, “They’re accusing us of not covering climate change.” And another co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin joked with Cruz after the interruption, saying, “They weren’t even protesting you.”

That eventually changed, however. Pretty soon, Cruz became the target of the audience and of the panelists themselves.

Someone in the audience said something to Cruz that had to be censored from the broadcast. Co-host Ana Navarro said to Cruz, “I’ve been very vocal and very critical of you, but I am sorry that this has happened in our house.”

In a statement, ABC said, “Three members of the audience interrupted The View today during Sen. Ted Cruz’s appearance protesting about climate. They were promptly escorted out by security.”

Meanwhile, check out this interesting exchange when Navarro asked Cruz about how he once called Donald Trump a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral” and said that Trump lies with “practically every word that comes out of his mouth” and, since then, has been an avid Trump supporter.

“Were you lying then or lying now?” Navarro asked Cruz, who said, “Yeah, that’s a loaded question there.”

Honestly, it’s a legitimate question, and Cruz’s answer was, essentially, that Trump was the leader of his party at the time and he would support the leader.

That was just a warmup to another testy exchange about Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Cruz, again, would only acknowledge that Biden was the president, but would not answer if he was “legitimately elected.” Goldberg then called out Cruz and pointed out that Democrats might not like it when Republicans win, but one they don’t do is “storm” — an obvious reference to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Cruz later went on Fox News to complain about Goldberg and the exchange about Jan. 6. He called the appearance a “bit of a circus.”

So why did Cruz even go on the show knowing that it was probably going to lead to confrontation? He told Fox News that it’s important to have conversations with those who might have a different point of view instead of just “preaching to the choir.”

And he told “The View,” “America, there’s so much screaming and yelling and hatred, that if this country is going to make it through, we gotta actually try to understand each other.”

I’m not sure Monday’s show accomplished that.

Take me out of the ballgame

Now if you want some serious heckling involving Cruz, forget “The View.” Cruz went to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in New York on Sunday night to watch the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. Fans of the Yankees were already in a crabby mood as they were being swept by the Astros, but Cruz’s appearance behind home plate did not sit well with many. (Cruz rooting for the Astros probably didn’t help either.)

As he was leaving, he was given a very R-rated send off. You can find clips on the internet, but just be warned, it’s rough stuff.

Disturbing video

Watch this video from MSNBC. It’s a conversation with Trump-voters from Pittsburgh about the Jan. 6 insurrection. It’s stunning and, frankly, disturbing to watch. This is a great example of the power of misinformation.

Adidas under pressure to cut ties with Ye

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, right, is interviewed on MSNBC by anchor Lindsey Reiser. (Courtesy of MSNBC.)

The recent antisemitic remarks made by Ye (better known as Kanye West) go far beyond the comments made by one hateful and/or unhinged person. Over the weekend, a group of people in Los Angeles made Nazi salutes and hung homemade banners over a highway overpass that said, “Honk if you know Kanye is right about the Jews.” (The Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Rector wrote:
“More antisemitic hate seen in L.A. after Kanye West’s hateful rants.”)

Now there are calls for sportswear company Adidas to cut ties with Ye, who has a partnership with the German-based company for his Yeezy brand. The Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage and Jaclyn Peiser wrote, “But Adidas has instead set release dates for the new line of Yeezy sneakers, even after Ye floated terminating the endorsement deal himself and disparaged company executives by name.”

Bogage and Peiser noted, “The partnership between artist and sportswear giant began in 2013, made Ye a billionaire and helped Adidas reach a new customer base, one that Morningstar analyst David Swartz says helped generate the company an estimated $2 billion a year, or nearly 10 percent of its annual revenue.”

On a recent podcast, Ye said, “I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what?”

On Monday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt put out a statement saying the ADL has had several conversations with high-ranking Adidas executives but, “To this point their response has been insufficient and inexcusable.” He added, “We have relayed our concerns about West’s vicious antisemitism, the harm it has done and continues to do to the Jewish community, but Adidas continues to do nothing.”

Greenblatt appeared on “MSNBC Reports” on Monday and told anchor Lindsey Reiser, “It is stunning, it is shocking and stunning that Adidas, a company with a history that goes back to Nazi Germany, has not been able to condemn the worst display of anti-Jewish hate we have seen in a very long time. … Whether it’s claiming that Jews are responsible for COVID, claiming that Jews have too much power, claiming that Jews are this or that, these age-old myths, Lindsey, that are used to intimidate and terrorize people are inexcusable, which is why we have said Adidas needs to drop Kanye, needs to make a clear statement.”

Greenblatt added, “I think most Americans, people of good faith, Jewish, non-Jewish, Black and white, people from all walks of life, are repulsed by this kind of racism and hate. They want nothing to do with it.”

As of Monday night, Adidas said the matter is “under review.” Meanwhile, Ye was dropped by his talent agency, Creative Artists Agency and a documentary about him has been canceled.

The New York Times’ Ben Sisario, Vanessa Friedman, Jessica Testa and Ellen Barry wrote, “It has become a make-or-break moment for (Ye’s) career, and raised questions about how much offensive behavior companies are willing to tolerate from a proven moneymaker.”

Ye’s former wife, Kim Kardashian, put out a statement on her social media pages Monday, writing, “Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end.”

NowThis News scores a forum with Biden 

For this item, I turn it over to Poynter media business analyst Rick Edmonds.

The progressive, youth-oriented NowThis News landed an hourlong forum with President Joe Biden. Election-eve timing was hardly coincidental, allowing the president to address young voters on issues like transgender rights and abortion access. Biden said, among other things, that he would support a federal fund to subsidize time off work and the cost of childcare for women seeking an abortion.

In tune with the site’s news approach, the record of the session was reported in a series of video clips, distributed mainly via social media. The forum was less a straight Q&A and more a series of exchanges with “change-makers,” activists who had experienced issues like gun violence or wrongful imprisonment first hand.

Priyanka Mantha, senior communications director for the site’s parent Vox Media, said the meeting was set up over a period of three months with White House staff. It was taped Oct. 18 and posted Sunday night.

U.K.’s new PM

New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. (AP/Aberto Pezzali)

The United Kingdom has a new prime minister. It’s Rishi Sunak, the first person of color to lead Britain and the youngest, at age 42, to lead the nation in 200 years. He also is one of the wealthiest people in Britain, leading The Washington Post’s Karla Adam to write, “This may be the first time in history that the residents of Downing Street are richer than those of Buckingham Palace.”

Sunak and his wife, Indian tech heiress Akshata Murty, have an estimated worth of about $830 million. Before her death, Queen Elizabeth II was estimated to have about $420 million.

Adam added, “Brits are used to being ruled by elites — Boris Johnson was about as elite as they come — but Sunak is not just rich, he is super rich, which has prompted some to ask whether his vast fortune makes him too rich to be prime minister? His backers, however, say it is precisely his background as chancellor and the years spent making money that qualify him to lead a deeply damaged nation during these economically tumultuous times.”

For more, check out Adam’s Post colleagues Adela Suliman and Miriam Berger with “Who is Rishi Sunak? What to know about the new U.K. prime minister.” And CNN’s Luke McGee with “Can Rishi Sunak end the chaos and restore Britain’s credibility?”

And, also, this good explainer from The Associated Press: “Why the British public is not choosing its leader.”

Media tidbits

Hot type

No one writes about guns and the impact on children with more heart and intelligence than The Washington Post’s John Woodrow Cox. His latest piece from Ulvade, Texas: “An American Girl.”

Wired’s Dhruv Mehrotra with “Hot on the Trail of a Mass-School-Shooting Hoaxer.”

The New York Times’ Jenny Vrentas with “The Hardest Hits of All: She lost her only son, a former N.F.L. player. A settlement would have provided some solace, but even that was taken away.”

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Correction, Oct. 25, 2022: This story was updated to correct the spelling of Priyanka Mantha.

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