Excerpted from The Hill: Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren shot back against Ted Cruz’s claims that the media outlet is in the tank for Donald Trump, saying that the Texas senator declines daily invitations to appear on her show.
“Almost every single day (including weekends) since at least last December when he last appeared on ON THE RECORD at 7p, the staff of ON THE RECORD at 7p has contacted the Cruz campaign offering Senator Ted Cruz live interviews, taped interviews or town halls,” Van Susteren wrote on her blog.
“We even told his campaign on dozens [of] occasions that they could pick the date and location for the town halls,” she continued. “He did not take us up on our offers. The staff claimed he was unavailable.”
Van Susteren said she had reached out to Cruz’s campaign personally “many, many, many times,” to book him on her show.
“We bent over backwards trying to give him the opportunity for interviews,” Van Susteren said. “He elected not to – which is his right – but now he is crying boo-hoo and claiming we are unfair.”
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly made a similar claim on his show on Monday night.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Cruz lashed out Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp., and Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, accusing the media titans of boosting Trump with around-the-clock coverage.
“Network executives have made a decision to get behind Donald Trump,” Cruz told reporters in Indiana. “Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes at Fox News have turned Fox News into the Donald Trump Network, 24-7.”
Cruz said Murdoch “has a history of picking world leaders,” and alleged he’s trying to do the same with Trump in 2016.
The Texas senator faces a reckoning in Indiana on Tuesday. Polls show Cruz trailing Trump in the Hoosier State, and a loss would make it very difficult for him to force a contested convention. Keep reading