Conservative Media Intimidation Fails As Ben Carson’s Hometown Newspaper Exposes New Huge Lie

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In an effort to defend top polling Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, conservatives believe that CNN and Politico are liars. Oops, we need to add the Wall Street Journal and the Detroit News to that list now.

Saturday morning, the Detroit News (Ben Carson’s hometown paper) busted Ben Carson on his flimsy excuse for his previous inaccuracy about being offered acceptance and a full scholarship to West Point.

Friday evening, Carson lambasted Politico during a press conference for allegedly publishing an “outright lie” about his West Point story. Carson defended his wobbly story by saying that he interpreted an informal offer from Gen. William Westmoreland after a dinner together as an offer for a full scholarship. In his book “Gifted Hands”, Carson claimed this dinner took place after marching in a Memorial Day parade.

But the General was not even in Michigan let alone Detroit on Memorial Day or the days before or after it, according to the Detroit News.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s published account of having dinner with a top commander in the Vietnam War after marching in a Memorial Day parade in 1969 as a high school ROTC cadet in Detroit does not match historical records.

In Carson’s 1990 best-selling autobiography, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” the neurosurgeon tells of being offered a scholarship to West Point as a high school senior sometime after having dinner with the U.S. Army’s chief of staff, Gen. William Westmoreland, on Memorial Day 1969.

But Westmoreland’s personal schedule shows the general was not in Detroit on Memorial Day or during the days preceding and following the holiday. His schedule says he was in and around Washington, D.C., that weekend, according to Army archives The Detroit News reviewed Friday.

Even if Carson’s excuse for his first inaccuracy about being offered admission to West Point were true, it would still be inaccurate, as the Politico story explained that West Point doesn’t offer full scholarships and one doesn’t get an offer over dinner – a member of Congress usually nominates an individual and then that person is deeply vetted (they must vet more that the Republican Party).

So to get out of this conundrum with reality, Carson charged, “I interpreted it as an offer… I never said I received a full scholarship.” Carson is demanding that the media see things as he seems them, not as they are.

Reid Epstein of the Wall Street Journal (subscription only link) kindly shared the following evidence of liberal media bias against Ben Carson:

A class that never existed and another “offer/honor” that never happened. Quelle surprise.

Conservatives and their media outlets raised quite a stink over the last few days in an effort to defend Dr. Ben Carson from media vetting that repeatedly showed he hadn’t been accurate about his past. They pushed back hard against CNN after the network was unable to corroborate central details from his past, but CNN held strong. Ben Carson ended up blaming the media and whining about President Obama in an effort to avoid discussing why his past didn’t add up to the stories he’s told. Oh, and he changed some names and announced that actually, contrary to his own book, the “friend” he assaulted was actually a family member who might come forward of their own volition.

The Carson campaign viciously attacked Politico and accused them of publishing an “outright lie”. Many journalists were out front attacking Politico, in particular, which finally removed the word “fabricated” from their title in an article about how Ben Carson fabricated his West Point acceptance, even though he clearly wrote on several occasions that he had been offered acceptance and turned it down.

Carson then parsed language in an attempt to pretend what was on the page clear as day did not mean what it meant, and the media bit the catnip, sneering at Politico in a way we never saw them sneer when ABC’s Jon Karl’s “scoop” about the Obama administration being implicated in Benghazi based on emails he led readers to believe he had read turned out to be based on a Republican aide’s interpretation of said emails, which were edited to make the Obama administration look bad. This is one of the problems with being in the beltway “club”.

Meanwhile, MSNBC’s very Republican Joe Scarborough said Ben Carson “flat out lied.”

As I pointed out when this first started, Ben Carson looks a little absurd claiming that the media is biased because they are saying they can’t confirm that he almost assaulted his mother or hit a friend with metal in his hand. Yeah, sorry, but most presidential candidates couldn’t pass go with a history like that, and they certainly wouldn’t be bragging about it:

But let’s wrap this whole big lie up together. West Point has very strict vetting procedures. What are the chances that they would have “offered” a full scholarship to someone with a violent past and multiple victims? This strains credulity even without the questions about the actual stories.

CNN Busts Darrell Issa For Lying About Classified Hillary Clinton Emails


Wolf Blitzer busted Darrell Issa for lying about Hillary Clinton’s emails during an interview on CNN.


Transcript via CNN:

REP. DARRELL ISSA (R), CALIFORNIA: Well, Wolf, the one thing we now know is that, as they said, about 300 separate e-mails, maybe more, contain classified information. And I think it’s important to get above the discussion of classified documents and so on. If you or I go to a briefing, and we receive classified information, and we then produce an e-mail that says things that were in that briefing, that is disclosing classified information. That appears to be what happened.


It’s not an accident to have 300 e-mails become retroactively, if you will, determined to be classified. That means somebody sent out classified information and did not recognize it as classified.

Huma, her assistant, her second daughter, if you will, is brilliant. Hillary Clinton is brilliant. So the question is, are people that smart unable to recognize sensitive classified information? I don’t believe so. And I think the FBI needs to look at this, because in fact her server may very well have been constantly observed by third parties, because quite candidly it’s not a classified network. It didn’t enjoy the robust protection that one would expect to have.

BLITZER: Well, my understanding is those 300 e-mails they’re looking at now, that they haven’t definitively ruled that it was classified information. They’re going over it right now. There seems to be a dispute going on between the State Department and other agencies of the U.S. government what should have been classified, even if it had not been classified at the time. Is that your understanding, as well?

ISSA: Well, it is. But I’ll give you a little piece of history. During my chairmanship, it was amazing how the State Department classified the most mundane information, even when publicly available. In this case, it appears as though State would like to say these things weren’t particularly classified.

Well, the CIA and NSA and other clandestine agencies appear to be appalled that very sensitive information was sent out on her nongovernment server in an unclassified format.

With one fact based question, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was able to derail the Republican myth of the 300 classified emails.

It is a mystery why CNN or any other cable network continues to give Darrell Issa airtime. Rep. Issa is a compulsive liar whose singular motivation is to get attention and publicity for himself.

When he was a committee chairman, Issa’s House Oversight Committee reached Joseph McCarthy levels of bias and power abuse. Issa was such a joke that Speaker John Boehner kept him off of the Select Committee investigating Benghazi. Issa has become so desperate for attention that he tried to crash a closed deposition of the Benghazi committee only to be escorted out of the room by Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Clinton’s emails have become the new Republican conspiracy, but all it took was one fact based question to get Issa to admit that the 300 classified emails talking point was not true.

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