As Curtis Houck at NewsBusters reported this evening, the Washington Post published "a disgusting GIF early Tuesday evening depicting (Ted) Cruz’s young daughters as toy monkeys being played with" accompanied by a pathetic two-paragraph justification by cartoonist Ann Telnaes as to why Cruz's daughters "were fair game."
The Post withdrew the cartoon and the justification within a few hours, but not before the leftists at the Politico played their mean-spirited, agenda-driven hand, going into predictable passive-aggressive "Republicans/conservatives attack" mode while making it appear as if Cruz was making much ado about nothing:
The New York Post's Seth Mandel saw the Politico story as it was originally written, and indicated that there was no headlined or in-story reference to how Cruz's daughters were depicted (links to his original tweets are here, here and here):
Politico revised the story's headline a short time later (the only way to determine this was through a search at its web site), and then replaced it with a completely new story by Eliza Collins once the Washington Post decided to pull the cartoon.
As for Politico, though the web site tried to cover its tracks after the fact, we now know that they've exposed themselves as a willing and even eager accomplice in the enterprise the New York Post's Mandel described in this tweet, and that its credibility has descended into depths one wouldn't have thought possible:
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.