CBS Applies Multiple Ideological Tags to Ted Cruz But Refuses to Label Gore Vidal

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“A conservative Republican was beaten by an even more conservative Tea Party candidate,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley announced Wednesday night in reporting Ted Cruz’s victory in the Texas Republican primary. Sharyl Attkisson relayed how the candidate Cruz defeated, David Dewhurst, “is considered a very conservative Republican,” yet “Cruz spent months tacking even further to the right.”

CBS, however, was unwilling to apply any ideological label in their obituary piece on hard-left writer Gore Vidal, though in that story Martha Teichner did issue one tag: She referred to the “televised confrontation between Gore Vidal and conservative commentator William Buckley.”

Pelley described Vidal as an “author” and hailed him as “a man of letters and words, wielding them as swords to cut down the powerful.”

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.