Local Crime, Pink Shoes and Silence

Local Crime, Pink Shoes and Silence

Since Ted Cruz began his speech against Obamacare, Washington Post health care policy reporter Sarah Kliff has failed to notice it. Or so I assume from her Twitter feed, which has precisely zero tweets about it.

Obamacare is Kliff’s primary reportorial focus. That’s why, she explained to me in April, she chose not to cover the trial of late-term abortion doctor and murderer Kermit Gosnell:

 

But the weird thing is that she was very interested in Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster in defense of late-term abortion. You can find her tweets and retweets here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

For just a sample of those 27 tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since Ted Cruz began his speech against Obamacare on the afternoon of September 24, Kliff has tweeted, but not about the speech.

So I guess I’m confused. The murder trial of one of the country’s most infamous late-term abortion doctors couldn’t be covered because it was just a local crime story (she walked that back a little after public outrage over her explanation). The failed effort to stop a bill protecting unborn children who had made it through five months’ gestation was worthy of effusive tweets and a live-stream on the Washington Post Wonkblog itself!

But Ted Cruz’s speech against the federal issue of Obamacare — the signature policy issue covered by Sarah Kliff and the Wonkblog — isn’t worthy of any similar coverage? Here’s the Wonkblog site. The only stories about the speech are Wonkbook: Ted Cruz is no Rand Paul, by Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas, and Ted Cruz’s ‘filibuster’ is an excellent argument against Ted Cruz’s ‘filibuster’, by Ezra Klein.

I realize that when even Dylan Byers of Politico is pointing out that the coverage of Cruz is biased, the situation must be obvious to everyone. But can anyone defend these coverage choices?

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. She is Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and a Fox News contributor. She is the co-author of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway
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