Ted Cruz claims the entire episode regarding whether or not his team in Iowa knowingly spread false rumors about Ben Carson dropping out of the race on the night of the Iowa caucus is an attempt by CNN and the mainstream media to "stir up controversy."
That was a news story CNN posted. And our political team passed it on to our supporters," Cruz said.
"There is a reason why the media is chattering about this. Because the media wants to stir up a fight between Ben Carson and me... And there is a reason why Donald Trump wants to focus on it. He wants a circus sideshow and he knows the folks in media will happily oblige," Cruz said.
After airing Cruz's remarks, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin had to correct the record, from her point of view.
"I'm going to call out B.S. if I hear B.S.," Baldwin said. "And that was B.S."
BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN: Okay. Just so we're all crystal clear here, when Senator Cruz, with all due respect, tries to throw my network and CNN under the bus, let me stand up for my colleagues and journalists here in terms of this CNN report that he keeps quoting.
We reported it accurately. And here are the facts. Dr. Carson's staff told us that he would return home to Florida to, quote, unquote, take a breath from the campaign before resuming his activities on the campaign trail. That accurate report was disseminated on television, and CNN digital and that was that. That was that...
Forgive me, when somebody tries to take on the media and falsely reports something, I get a little fired up...
I'm going to call out B.S. if I hear B.S. And that was B.S...
"Stirring it up" with Dr. Carson, it is just not accurate, and I had to say that.