You know you’re living in an interesting time in the U.S. when a presidential candidate’s campaign could suffer because he didn’t actually stab someone in his past.
Ben Carson’s bid for the republican ticket is slowly imploding with more evidence that he fabricated stories from his youth, which includes a debunked claim that he got a full scholarship to West Point.
Carson also told colorful tales about how religion helped reform him after he stabbed someone when he was an unruly kid. But he can’t seem to keep his story straight when referring to the victim as a close friend in some interviews, and then as a family member in others. There were no witnesses to the stabbing incident, and when reporters spoke to nine of Carson’s former classmates, none of them recalled him as the violent kid he made himself out to be before finding Jesus.
The soft-spoken neurosurgeon also told suspicious stories about how he got held-up by a robber at gunpoint while at a Popeye’s in Baltimore. Authorities in the area say there’s no police report or evidence that the robbery actually occurred.
Investigating the claims of politicians is standard operating procedure in American politics, and it makes sense because it’s important to know exactly who people are voting for to represent them. Through all these investigations into Carson’s past, his deceptive nature continues to be revealed, and he just can’t stand the fact that journalists are doing what they’re supposed to be doing: holding him accountable.
During an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Carson reiterated his disdain for journalists calling him out for being a lying madman.
“This is what it is, a bunch of lies, attempting, you know, to say I’m lying about my history,” Carson told host Alisyn Camerota. “I think it’s pathetic and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted with all of this stuff so that you don’t talk about the things that are important.”
I’m not sure what types of “important” things Carson wants to discuss. Does he want to elaborate on the fact that he doesn’t believe in abortion under any circumstance, including rape, incest, and in some cases when the woman’s life is in danger?
Journalists certainly can’t ask him about foreign policy, because he himself admits to not knowing much about it. Does he want to continue warning against doing something about climate change because he wants to take full advantage of all the “god-given resources” despite the impact it’s having on the environment? Does he think his shallow, ill-advised policy proposals make him appealing?
Of course, Carson is also unhappy with the way debates have been handled, because like many of his other Republican peers, he can’t be bothered to get challenged when he’s trying to become the President of the United States. He thinks he’s entitled to editorial control over the debates and who the moderators should be, and news organizations have the nerve to entertain the ridiculous demands.
It’s pretty hilarious how the party that whines about the feminist movement leading to the “pussification of men” can’t handle simple journalism, or debate questions that merely ask them to state their policy positions. The whole notion of “gottcha journalism” is laughable when you consider the types of soft-ball questions that are directed to people in power on a regular basis. Sarah Palin couldn’t name a single newspaper she reads, and she blamed the subsequent criticism on gottcha journalism. What ever happened to taking personal responsibility?
People in positions of power are supposed to get questioned, challenged, and investigated. If journalists aren’t allowed to speak truth to power, there’s no point in journalism existing. If Republicans are going to boast about how strong they are, they need to stop crying about debate moderators asking them simple questions, and journalists who practice the very basic functions of their jobs.