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MSM Partisan Hack: Ted Cruz Is A Nazi

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:39 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In the wee hours of the morning, Alexander Nazaryan, a senior writer at Newsweek, tweeted this:


After receiving substantial condemnation for the tweet, Nazaryan later deleted it. He offered no apology to Cruz, nor made any effort to walk back the comparison. However, in explaining why he deleted the tweet, he ended up smearing and wholly insulting Cruz supporters everywhere:


Oh, just stop it. You’re not fooling anyone with your professional journalistic gymnastics. If Cruz were a Nazi, then it logically follows that his supporters would also be Nazis. And at the very least, they would be anything but totally decent people.

Erik Wemple, of the Washington Post, took a stroll through Nazaryan’s twitter feed, and it’s rather easy to see that Nazaryan, whose reporting includes writing about the GOP, is clearly unable to be unbiased and objective in any coverage of Republicans. Especially that Republican Nazi, Ted Cruz:


The reason Nazaryan didn’t walk back the Cruz is a Nazi accusation? Because he really believes he is one. Just as much as he really doesn’t believe his supporters are “totally decent” people.

Newsweek has since issued an apology:

“I would like to express on behalf of Newsweek our disappointment that this occurred and reiterate that this does not align with our editorial values,” Newsweek’s editor-in-chief, Jim Impoco, told the Washington Examiner in a statement.

“I apologize for any doubt that this might have cast on Newsweek’s editorial integrity or credibility. We’ve addressed the situation with Alexander and the rest of the staff and will be reviewing and reiterating our social media policy in coming days.”


54 Responses to “MSM Partisan Hack: Ted Cruz Is A Nazi”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. how the heck is Ted Cruz nazi’ish? and how can this guy be so ham fisted?

    and how is he still employed by Newsweek holding company?

    seeRpea (633bc8)

  3. that’s just so juvenile, so very very jon stewart

    Ted isn’t even remotely a nazi – if he’s a nazi all the other game show hosts are nazis

    happyfeet (831175)

  4. What Alexander Nazaryan hates is what he has become. Nazaryan follows in the footsteps of the NAZI propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

    ropelight (52f436)

  5. A guy named Naz[i][A]ryan is calling somebody else a Nazi? Dana, are you sure this is Newsweek and not the Onion?

    nk (dbc370)

  6. @alexnazaryan is a leftwing douchebag… repeat, @alexnazaryan is a leftwing douchebag #liberalfascist

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  7. I’ve updated the post with an apology from Newsweek.

    Dana (86e864)

  8. Nazi: National Socialists Workers Party. Hmmmm … there is a socialist running (actually three, but two are wearing their rainbow camouflage jackets,) but Cruz isn’t he (she, it.)

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  9. he comes via to the Daily Snooze, a hive of scum and villainy if ever there was one,

    narciso (732bc0)

  10. At Wemple’s linke, when asked why he shouldn’t be fired, Nazaryan said:

    Because part of my job is having opinions. One opinion I have is that Ted Cruz would be a very bad president.

    Dana (86e864)

  11. david burge ‘nukes him from orbit’

    narciso (732bc0)

  12. well nonono he should NOT be fired all he did was liken kim davis butt-snuffler Ted Cruz to a nazi

    no harm no foul

    plus he’s a very very effective representative of the Newsweek brand I think

    happyfeet (831175)

  13. dartmouth is proud of this guy,

    narciso (732bc0)

  14. Well, actually, the rug peddler is calling Iowans Nazis. Are those Iowans in the picture?

    nk (dbc370)

  15. point taken, he really traffics in the kind of polemic written in crayon,

    narciso (732bc0)

  16. this is the quality he brought over to newsweak:

    narciso (732bc0)

  17. I never expect the msm to have any credibility or integrity, so I am never disappointed. They are constantly reinforcing my opinion.

    jim (a9b7c7)

  18. this one is particularly embarassing, if that was possible at that publication,

    narciso (732bc0)

  19. Uh, Newsweek…the problem isn’t your social media policy, it is your hiring policy.

    in_awe (faf180)

  20. Get ready for next fall. I was about say “Next year but it’s here. The fall campaign, if it looks like the GOP can win, will get really ugly. The left has been assuming it will stay in power. They will get very nasty and violence cannot be ruled out, if they are losing.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  21. Nazi: National Socialists Workers Party.

    Not to mention its leader was homosexual — so he has that much in common with the left, which just loves the GLBT (and a high percentage of that crowd is of the left) — was a vegan and a big lover of animal rights, or the type of sentiments that place him even further in Liberal Land.

    BTW, I thought Newsweek was defunct? Well, it might just as well be since it barely even exists in cyberspace.

    Mark (f713e4)

  22. Mr. Trump can toss a hillskank way further than a disneyslut poot-pooter can toss your average dwarf

    that has to count for something

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. veganism was coined in late 1944 hitler the quintessential german offed himself in april of 45

    if he was vegan he hadn’t even poopered out all the meat yet

    happyfeet (831175)

  24. This idiot should be immediately fired.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  25. nononononono he should NOT be fired

    he should be framed as THE voice of newsweek

    what’s wrong with you

    happyfeet (831175)

  26. if he should be fired then it was more than ok to fire brendan eich the anti-gay hate-bigot who worked at the place what made what used to be a really nice browser

    that’s a dark road to go down Mr. hoagiepickles

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. Joe Six Pack in Peoria shouldn’t be allowed to have a handgun underneath his bed. But the mullahs in Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons as part of their right within the international community.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  28. Why doesn’t some conservative make the identical tweet except replace “Ted Cruz” with “Hillary Clinton”? When asked to explain they could say they think she’d be a very bad President and that she’s an atrocity of a human being (which she is). See if that’s accepted as a reasonable explanation after the MSM goes ballistic (I’m kidding of course).

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  29. #28

    I mean of course a media conservative.

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  30. The new surge of illegal immigrant youths has forced the federal government to look at an emergency plan to house them at six military bases at at least two federal worker centers, according to the administration.

    The Pentagon is beginning “site assessments” at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts.

    military service lol

    happyfeet (831175)

  31. Nazayran is a Berkeley-based meterosexual. It ought to be a badge of honor to have a pajama boy like him call you a Nazi.

    JVW (d60453)

  32. By the way, check out the profile picture on his Twitter account. He’s obviously trying for the hard-bitten world-weary journalist look, but he instead comes across as the guy waiting for his mommy to come pick him up from book club.

    JVW (d60453)

  33. JVW,

    Check out Ezra Klein’s Twitter pic. It’s a look.

    Dana (86e864)

  34. This was so bad that NEWSWEEK was embarrassed by it. That’s pretty bad.

    Although I suspect Alex got some high-5s.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  35. TransCanada Corp sued the U.S government on Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also plans to seek $15 billion in damages from a trade tribunal.

    has anyone asked the canadian pm what she thinks?

    happyfeet (831175)

  36. prime minister zoolander, he doesn’t have a clue?

    narciso (732bc0)

  37. Alex Nazaryan is one of those tough guys who wants to fight the Jew-haters of 1940, but not the Jew-haters of 2016. Of course, the Jew-haters of 1940 aren’t in a position to fight back…which is basically the kind of fight that the Modern Left embraces—an opponent who is restricted in their ability to fight back.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  38. Fair and balanced.

    Rodney King's Spirit (3adc86)

  39. Some guys whose last name ends with ARYAN is mocking others as Nazis?

    Rodney King's Spirit (3adc86)

  40. If Cruz were a Nazi, then it logically follows that his supporters would also be Nazis.

    Strictly as a question of logic, it doesn’t follow. Not all of Hitler’s supporters were Nazis. There were other reasons to support him, and a significant number of people supported him for those reasons despite his Nazi views. If Cruz were a Nazi, the same would apply in his case; his supporters could be non-Nazis who were backing him for some other reason. But since he isn’t one, and this Nazaryan is a scumbag, the question is moot.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  41. Not to mention its leader was homosexual […] was a vegan

    Oh gawd, this again? Neither of these claims is true, and you know it.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  42. actually the tweet didn’t call him a nazi, but called his supporters in iowa as nazis.

    gee, what a shmuck. and even his soapbox claim is idiotic.

    seeRpea (0a582a)

  43. ugh, poor use of pronoun. let me try that again.

    actually the tweet didn’t call TedCruz a nazi , but called out TedCruz’s supporters in Iowas as nazis.
    gee , what a shmuck Aryan is. and even Aryan’s soapbox claim is idiotic.

    seeRpea (0a582a)

  44. Alex Nazaryan is one of those tough guys who wants to fight the Jew-haters of 1940, but not the Jew-haters of 2016. Of course, the Jew-haters of 1940 aren’t in a position to fight back

    Nazaryan versus a 90-year-old Nazi? I would install the Nazi as an 8:5 favorite in that bout.

    JVW (d60453)

  45. Wow, liberals must really believe a Republican is going to beat Hillary in November. They’re beginning to embrace Nazi comparisons again like they did when Bush was president.

    Incidentally, Nazis hated the Jews and Obama hates Israel. Draw your own conclusions there.

    top116 (d094f8)

  46. JVW, so if they can extract a Nazi from the rest home on his arts & crafts Thursday afternoon, you still got him as almost a 2 to 1 favorite over the linguini-armed journalist? I’d just like to see tough guy Alex start throwing snark bombs at ISIS, and then after he receives blowback, he can decide if he still wishes to lecture us about how Cruz supporters are more evil than ISIS Incorporated and their subsidiaries.
    Howard Cosell (a Jew) is waiting in the wings with a microphone if only to exclaim, “Down goes Nazaryan!”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  47. seeRpea,

    See his second tweet.

    Dana (86e864)

  48. 0bama’s “Palestinian” friends are the direct heirs of Hitler’s allies. They have never given up the Nazi cause.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  49. #18 narciso

    this one is particularly embarassing, if that was possible at that publication,

    Sean King Tries to Salvage Daily News Piece Based on Fake Ammon Bundy Tweet

    An apple is not a doorknob. A football is not a computer. A pencil is not a telephone. And Sean King is not black.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  50. re #47: that 2nd tweet is internally inconsistent with the first one. the first is clearly showing “boots on the ground” , not their leader. someone at Newsweek must have seen it and made him toake off the first tweet then didn’t realize the false apology didn’t even apply.

    seeRpea (ab6952)

  51. 2. how the heck is Ted Cruz nazi’ish? and how can this guy be so ham fisted?

    and how is he still employed by Newsweek holding company?

    seeRpea (633bc8) — 1/6/2016 @ 4:47 pm

    Newsweek last sold for one dollar, and at that was overpriced.

    Keep that in mind when you wonder how this guy could be so ham fisted, and still employed.

    Steve57 (17e737)

  52. When you start taking flak, you know you’re over the target. Cruz is over the target.

    Bill M (906260)

  53. I’ve thought the US Civil War was a couple of decades off; it’ll be this fall. Count on it.

    dee (272725)

  54. Wouldn’t people have to still read Newsweek for it to count as mainstream media?

    At this point, “I write for Newsweek” means about as much as “I hand out photocopied block print tracts to people trying to get on the subway”.

    NickM (63e1a7)

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