Opinion

Ted Cruz works up 2016 Republican Convention

Ted Cruz works up 2016 Republican Convention

Ted Cruz works up 2016 Republican Convention 2016 images

Making sure that everyone knew he marches to the beat of his own drum, Ted Cruz failed to endorse Donald Trump during his address of the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. This got the Republican crowd into a lather inciting thunderous “boos” from the delegates who were attending the convention. While Pence tried to bring unity to the party in his speech following Cruz, the disorder provided a reminder that the GOP remains divided on the election.

Media followers got the excitement they craved from the convention, and it had everything to do with antagonism — not excitement for presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech for Trump, and the spreading realization through the Cleveland arena at what he was not doing, instantly overshadowed everything else that took place Wednesday. It may, as MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace suggested, stand as the takeaway memory of the Republicans’ entire week.

“Ted Cruz walked in here and body-slammed Donald Trump,” said ABC News’ Tom Llamas.

“This is now the signature moment of Ted Cruz’s career — good or bad,” said NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“How does this happen? How could he make a speech not vetted by the candidate?” said Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson.

The story dominated the Thursday-morning news shows, completely overshadowing the well-received speech by vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. “Texas-sized snub” blared the “Today” show. The programs recycled the history of bad blood between Cruz and Trump. They showed footage of Trump’s plane buzzing by Cruz’s Wednesday afternoon rally, and Trump attempting to upstage his rival by entering the arena before Cruz had finished his convention speech.

“Civil War!” read the front-page headline in the New York Daily News.

Fox’s Carlson was refuted by a Trump tweet, claiming he had seen Cruz’s speech in advance. NBC’s Matt Lauer voiced a “crazy like a fox” theory — that the Trump team let Cruz go, knowing it would provoke anger and become a unifying event in favor of the nominee.

ted cruz continues landing punches at trump

LOCKDOWN: The “lock her up” chants directed at Democrat Hillary Clinton from the convention floor in previous nights compelled MSNBC to produce a lengthy segment on whether nastiness will backfire on Republicans. Rachel Maddow displayed a collection of anti-Clinton buttons available for sale, and said there were some with messages that couldn’t be shown on TV. Even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly had a debate on his show about whether it was too much. The conclusion on Fox: There’s no such thing as too much. “You’ve got to define your opponent before they can define you,” said Monica Crowley.

RATINGS: Is the Trump magic with television viewers wearing off? Either that, or a Republican convention isn’t their preferred venue. The Nielsen company estimated that 19.8 million people watched the convention Tuesday during the 10 p.m. hour, down from the 22.3 million who watched the second night of the 2012 convention that nominated Mitt Romney. Fox News Channel was the most-watched network with 5.26 million, but that was down more than 1 million from just Monday night. NBC finished second, followed by CNN, CBS, ABC and MSNBC. The Nielsen numbers don’t include the 1.3 million who watched on the non-commercial PBS.

INGRAHAM: Popular conservative radio host Laura Ingraham was a featured speaker near the beginning of Wednesday’s program, but you had to know where to look. Fox News Channel carried her speech. CNN and MSNBC essentially ignored her. Ingraham later became a target as a picture circulated online of her raising her arm in what looked like a Nazi salute.

QUIET TIME: Reporters stationed in the streets of Cleveland due to fears of violent demonstrations have had little to do, and are getting little airtime. “This was supposed to be the epicenter of the clash of civilizations,” Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera said in one park, where a peaceful crowd seemed mostly interested in what he was doing. Rivera praised police work done by officers from throughout the country who had come to the city.

LAUGH LINES: On PBS, Mark Shields said he hoped some Democratic speechwriters were writing some jokes for next week. “This has been a convention without humor,” he said. “There have been no laughs at this convention that were intended.”

Click to add a comment
Opinion
@movietvtechgeek

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in Opinion

President Donald Trump's Inauguration Ready to unbreak America 2017 images

President Donald Trump’s Inauguration: Ready to unbreak America

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 20, 2017
final farewell message for barack and michelle obama 2017 images

Final farewell message for Barack and Michelle Obama

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 20, 2017
heroes and zeros blackish vs nicole kidman 2017 images

Heroes and Zeros: ‘Blackish’ vs Nicole Kidman

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 17, 2017
celebrities begin supporting donald trump what are they seeing 2017 images

Celebrities begin supporting Donald Trump: What are they seeing?

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 15, 2017
Lauren Duca, Warrior Goddess, for 2020 Presidential Election 2017 images

Lauren Duca, Warrior Goddess, for 2020 Presidential Election

Shane LambertJanuary 13, 2017
barack obamas nostalgic speech cant guarantee his legacy 2017 images

Barack Obama’s nostalgic final speech can’t guarantee his legacy

Shanka CherylJanuary 11, 2017
supernatural Not Just a Fandom, We’re Family 2017 images

‘Supernatural:’ Not Just a Fandom, We’re Family!

Dawn GrayJanuary 10, 2017
Giants, Yachts, Party Boys and the NFL Playoffs 2017 images

Giants, Yachts, Party Boys and the NFL Playoffs

Shane MclendonJanuary 5, 2017
please let 2017 bring better role models images

Please let 2017 bring better role models

The Curvy Girl DivaJanuary 5, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription