- The Washington Times - Monday, October 14, 2013

A correspondent for the New Yorker unwittingly unleashed a wave of fury on Twitter after he posted a derogatory profiling of Sen. Ted Cruz, likening the Texas tea party favorite to a celebrity athlete who beat murder charges.

Ryan Lizza tweeted on Mr. Cruz’s appearance on the National Mall: “Ted Cruz going to the Mall protest today and railing against gov shutdown is like O.J. Simpson searching for the real killers.”

Simpson famously promised to track down the actual murderers of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in the lead-up to his 1995 trial — a vow many legal watchers characterized as a public relations ploy, aimed at winning the hearts of jurors and detractors.

But social media didn’t take kindly to Mr. Lizza’s comparison. A few of the journalist’s followers agreed with him — but many didn’t, and they weren’t shy about voicing their anger.

One wrote: “Give me a break @ryanLizza. Even if there is an argument that Cruz is responsible for the shutdown, memorial closings are a choice by BO,” or Barack Obama.

Another: “@ryanLizza @PiersMorgan Isn’t it the Dems that put the barrycades up? You liberals would follow Obama off a cliff if he told you to. Morons!”

A third: “@SenTedCruz didn’t cause shutdown himself and comparing him to a murderer is in poor taste.”

And one more: “@ryanLizza Do you actually consider yourself a neutral journalist?”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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