A nifty catch by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski. And yes, it still feels weird days later that Carson and his defenders like me are eager to prove that he really did assault someone with a knife as a child rather than that he didn’t. He may have had a murderous temper, but darn it, the man’s not a liar.
He tried to gut a guy according to his own mother. Take that, media.
So, along with Politico’s West Point fiasco, that’s two popular “Carson lied” stories in the span of three days essentially debunked. I hope he doesn’t think he’s out of the woods, though: Having built a new narrative that Carson’s a serial liar about his past, the media’s not going to discard it just because one or two bits of evidence don’t check out. They’re going to try to build this jenga tower faster than he can pull pieces from the bottom:
The day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968, Ben Carson’s black classmates unleashed their anger and grief on white students who were a minority at Detroit’s Southwestern High.
Mr. Carson, then a junior with a key to a biology lab where he worked part time, told The Wall Street Journal last month that he protected a few white students from the attacks by hiding them there.
It is a dramatic account of courage and kindness, and it couldn’t be confirmed in interviews with a half-dozen of Mr. Carson’s classmates and his high school physics teacher. The students all remembered the riot. None recalled hearing about white students hiding in the biology lab, and Mr. Carson couldn’t remember any names of those he sheltered…
Last month, Mr. Carson said in a radio interview that, as a young doctor, he had a gun stuck in his ribs at a Popeye’s restaurant in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins University. “A guy comes in and puts a gun in my ribs. And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,’” Mr. Carson said. “He said, ‘Oh, okay.’” The Baltimore Police Department later said it couldn’t find a report matching the incident Mr. Carson described.
Don’t forget his answer about Mannatech at the debate either, claiming to have had no involvement with the company even though he appeared in videos they produced and praised them. (“The wonderful thing about a company like Mannatech is that they recognize that when God made us, He gave us the right fuel.”) I think the two botched hits on him over the stabbing and West Point are going to deafen voters’ ears to other allegations, though, especially with Carson shrewdly attacking the media this week as being out to get him because they’re “secular progressives” and feel threatened by him. No other Republican candidate will dare hit him on this for fear of being seen as an ally of the media — except Trump, who thinks he can get away with it because (a) he’s even more of a media-bashing outsider than Carson is and (b) he gets away with everything.
Why does the media care about this but not about Hillary lying?
Oh… that’s right….
@Bill: Why does Trump repeat it? Is he sleazy enough to team up with the MSM?
I haven’t seen ANY other candidate jump on.
Truth be told I dislike Trump as much as you dislike BHO and HRC—his national polling negatives highest of the three–not easy to accomplish.lol
@Rich Wheeler: Well, I don’t dislike Trump as much as I dislike Hillary or Obama. Trump has actually contributed something positive to the nation.
I would imagine he jumped on that bandwagon to benefit politically from it. However, if you will recall, he was not trumpeting the story TOO much; sort of dipping his toe in the water a bit. He should know, however, how the media works and how corrupt they are. One would think, anyway.
So, you dislike Trump more than you dislike Obama or Hillary?
@Bill: You’ve made it crystal clear how you feel about BHO and HRC—that will tell you how I feel about Trump—it gets worse daily.
Did you see what a fool he made of himself on Saturday Night Live.
Off subject for all you Putin admirers–Why is he letting Isis make him “their bitch”
@Rich Wheeler: Did Hillary not make the same fool of herself on SNL? What about Obama being interviewed by the tub-full-of-cereal idiot with the green hair? Was that not just a bit idiotic? What about Bill answering questions about his underwear?
Trump’s just trying to be popular like every other celebrity/politician.
You seem to have forgotten (or deliberately avoided) the question which was:
Try answering the question instead of obfuscating.
Nope. But I do see that you are simply parroting the left wing media. No surprise.
@Bill: He better try something different–Playing the buffoon won’t win him The Presidency Good news is I believe both Rubio and Cruz will overtake him.
My opinion of Trump vs BHO and HRC for you and 05–DEAD LAST
@Rich Wheeler: Basically, his appearance will have a different meaning to different people. To some, it is buffoonery (though that evaluation is absent from the appearances of liberals), to some, it shows courage and the ability to take fun poked at him (absolutely vital as he gains momentum and the left launches greater and greater attacks on him, personally).
Had he declined to appear, he would be being criticized for not having a sense of humor, being a coward or having no sense of media.
So, what should he have done? Again, this is an address to a Joint Session of Congress compared to this:
@Bill: You say Trump jumped on the let’s roll over Carson bandwagon to “gain politically from it.”
Well Trump is looking bad on this. He should apologize at tonight’s debate–but of course he won’t .Not in his DNA
Trump was asked—-“Have you ever asked God’s forgiveness?”
Interesting that leftist Trump haters (like Rich) are jumping on Trump to accuse him of ‘jumping on the bash Caron bandwagon’ for his accepting Politico’s fabricated hit pieces on Carson at face value. Instead, shouldn’t they be slamming Politico for their dishonest reporting? It seems to be Politico who should be doing the apologizing, not Trump for his commentating on their dishonest, inaccurate reporting.
@Ditto: Like Jeb said, if one of the corrupt media outlets says it, disregard it. Sad but true as we should be able to trust our reporting.