Ted Cruz: Breitbart.com Symbolizes 'Fantastic Democratization' of News
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said the grassroots revolution sweeping across the country today mirrors the one that propelled Ronald Reagan to the White House, and the conservative stalwart said that Breitbart.com represents the democratization of the news that was once controlled by just a few elites in the legacy press.
Appearing on the inaugural edition of Breitbart News Saturday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Cruz said that "what Breitbart does is so important" because it helps conservatives bypass those in the legacy media who once were the sole gatekeepers. Cruz was speaking to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon--who, along with a rotation of Breitbart News editors and contributors, will host the weekly show from 10 AM to 1 PM EST.
"If we were still in the world of 30 years ago when there were three networks that decided what the news was, then nothing you and I are talking about would have made it through the filter," Cruz said. "But there has been a fantastic democratization of the news where we can go directly to the people."
Cruz also praised "American citizens who are becoming their own journalists" and spreading the word to their friends and neighbors.
"That's how we turn this country around," Cruz said before noting that citizen journalists give him "hope and optimism" for America's future.
As Breitbart News reported, the late Andrew Breitbart and Cruz bonded well before Cruz became a household name. Bannon told Cruz that Breitbart respected his fearlessness and said he was one of the rising stars that he most admired and supported before his tragic passing. Bannon said that the late Breitbart hated Washington politicians, and he saw in Cruz a kindred spirit who was an anti-establishment figure who wanted to reform the country's institutions.
“One of the things Andrew understood is that real political power is not found in Washington,” Cruz said. “It’s not in elected officials. Sovereignty resides with ‘We the people.’”
Cruz delivered a toast to the late Andrew Breitbart at CPAC in 2013 after the grassroots helped him defeat the GOP establishment in the 2012 Texas GOP Senate primary. Cruz toasted Breitbart last year as a "great and fearless leader" whose "unshakable and fearless" spirit was dearly missed. He thanked bloggers and the grassroots on the "front lines taking the country back" and said the more the establishment and the mainstream media quiver, "the better job we're doing."
"Andrew was an extraordinary patriot," Cruz told Bannon on Breitbart News Saturday. "He was fearless. His loss is felt every day."
The debut of Breitbart News Saturday aired on the two-year anniversary of the tragic death of Andrew Breitbart.