Ted Cruz affair scandal

Washington Times Fires Writer For Confirming Ted Cruz Sex Scandal, Claimed At Least Two Mistresses Accurate

A Washington Times writer was abruptly fired after he “came clean” on Twitter about the Ted Cruz sex scandal. The writer, Drew Johnson, confirmed via his Twitter account that there was some truth to the Ted Cruz affair rumors noting that he knows at least two of the mistresses named by the National Enquirer are accurate. The columnist says that other media outlets, columnists and reporters knew about the affairs, but refused to run the story.

The National Enquirer has caused a media firestorm after publishing a cover story about GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and a series of alleged mistresses. The publication is a known tabloid, but despite its reputation for the sensational, has broke a number of big stories related to political candidates and high profile cases in the past. For example, the National Enquirer was the first to break stories about Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson and John Edwards before they were confirmed by the mainstream media. Therefore, when the tabloid decided to run with a story about Ted Cruz and his rumored “five mistresses,” it left some questioning if the bombshell report could be true.

In response to the story in question, a Washington Times columnist responded that it is not entirely bogus as from “what he knows” at least two of the mistresses outlined in the report are “accurate.”

When Johnson “came clean” on Twitter it wasn’t long before a series of Twitter users began bombarding the writer with questions about his sources and the publications who passed on the story. In response, Drew Johnson says that there were lots of rumors, and that at least one of media outlets knew the whole story but decided it was not in their interest to run it.

In the National Enquirer‘s controversial cover story, the publication outed Ted Cruz for having five mistresses. Since the article was published with slightly blurred/pixelated images of the women in question, internet sleuths determined that three of the five women could be identified and fall in line with the descriptions provided within the article. However, Drew did attempt to clear the name of at least one of the women implicated in the scandal, Amanda Carpenter.

Following the controversial affirmation of Ted Cruz’s many affairs, Drew Johnson quickly found that his knowledge on the affairs was not welcome to be associated with the Washington Times and he was terminated immediately. In fact, it seems the Washington Times was so upset over Johnson “coming clean,” that they went so far as to claim he hadn’t worked full-time for the publication in over a year. In response to the allegations that Johnson lied about his resume, Drew posted screenshots of his bank statements showing his check deposits from the Washington Times, proving he was still being paid by the publication for his work.

Additionally, others took to the internet to quickly pull data from the website as the Washington Times quickly tried to scrub any mention of Johnson as a columnist from its site.

At the time of this posting, the former bio page for Drew was pulled, and new one was placed in its wake calling Drew a “former editorial writer.” However, when searching the raw data of the website and the cache history you can see the old bio clearly calls Drew a columnist as of March 23, 2016.

Drew Johnson
This cache page from March 23, 2016, shows a description of Drew Johnson on the Washington Times page which features him as a “columnist.” (Image via archive.org)

Interestingly, this is not the first time that Drew Johnson has been fired by a publication for making an unpopular political statement. In fact, Johnson was fired back in 2013 for writing an anti-Obama headline for the Times Free Press. At the time of his firing in 2013, Johnson noted that he had to be the first writer to be fired for writing the publications most-read article.

What do you think about the Washington Times trying to quickly distance themselves from Drew Johnson in the wake of his Ted Cruz affair comments?

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