"Did you know, Glenn, we have a ministry of misinformation in this country?" Cruz continued. "It’s called the liberal media, and they just tell us what they want us to hear. They are rewriting history.”

Cruz went on to accuse the media of having "an evil agenda."

The elder Cruz's comments come as his son's national profile has skyrocketed during the debate over the government shutdown.

A poll released by Pew Research Wednesday showed that Cruz's favorability had soared among the Tea Party conservatives that have significant sway in Republican primaries, up from 47 percent in July to 74 percent today. But among non-Tea Party Republicans, just a quarter approve of the Texas senator.