Fr. Mark Hodges at LifeSite News offered an interesting roundup of how leftist websites offered only disgust that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would offer clean water to residents of Flint, Michigan.
The Cruz campaign gave out bottled water to "Flint women in crisis pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, and low-income high-rise apartment buildings. The campaign also plans to give out bottled water at housing projects and to off-campus college students." But publicly highlighting pregnant women who were encouraged to go to pro-life centers drove the abortion advocates over the edge:
The liberal Huffington Post headline on the story read, "Ted Cruz Singles Out Anti-Abortion Groups In Flint For Water Donations." Care2.com put it as follows: "Ted Cruz Spends His Week Lying and Performing Anti-Abortion Media Stunts." Bustle's article was titled "Ted Cruz's Water Donations To Flint, Michigan, Aren't Nearly As Benevolent As They Seem." Reproductive Health and Sexuality's "Reality Check" headlined, "Cruz Campaign Uses Flint Water Crisis to Bolster Anti-Choice Credentials." Salon's headline proved disingenuous: "Ted Cruz's campaign is handing out bottled water in Flint – but only to anti-abortion groups." Carbonated.tv wrote, "Cruz's Campaign Donated Water To Flint, But With A 'Pro-Life' Catch." The Dallas Observer led with "Ted Cruz Campaign Mixes Abortion Politics and Water in Flint." (The Observer has since retitled its article.)
Think Progress's article falsely reported, "Cruz's presidential campaign began distributing bottled water not to every Flint resident, but only to those who visited the city's four crisis pregnancy centers." The Think Progress article continued with the left's typically false information: "These centers ... often provide pregnant women with misleading or incorrect information about their options. Pamphlets handed out at such centers have claimed, falsely, that an abortion poses a grave threat to a woman's life and increases her risk of breast cancer."
Fr. Hodges claimed Cruz has been the most outspoken of all GOP candidates about the Flint water crisis, stating as a matter of policy, "Every American is entitled to have access to clean water." But the liberal media have treated this overwhelmingly as a Republican problem for Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Huffington Post also published this Shan Wells cartoon to summarize perfectly the politically correct stance on Cruz and Flint: