Did Politico fabricate Ben Carson’s alleged fabrication?

Why accuracy matters.


WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 — The media’s recent relentless attacks on Dr. Carson’s character are appalling.

Full disclosure: Ben Carson isn’t my first choice for president, although I would choose him over Trump in a in a heartbeat . While Carson’s speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast was definitely epic, some of his past remarks have left me a bit skeptical.

An interesting article on Politico entitled “EXCLUSIVE: Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship” started the latest media attack. Many took this article at face value, wondering how such a smart man with an accomplished career as a brain surgeon would fabricate something like this.

As it turns out, Politico’s story was not completely accurate and botched some key facts. The inconsistencies of Politico’s article are brilliantly laid out in this CNN Money article. Politico later changed its headline to “Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied” due to the backlash it received over the inconsistencies.

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These new developments do not completely exonerate Dr. Carson; however, they make one question the media’s credibility. Of course it is absolutely the media’s job to vet  all presidential candidates with intense scrutiny. With that said, it is also the media’s responsibility to report accurate information. Townhall.com’s Guy Benson put it best in his analysis today:

Intensive vetting of candidates seeking high office is an essential role of the fourth estate.  Digging into candidates’ records, conduct and beliefs — even on issues as picayune as traffic tickets — comes with the territory.  It may be true that the press largely abdicated this responsibility with Barack Obama, whom they overwhelmingly supported.”

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If you doubt this assertion, look no further than this telling exchange between Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw from just days before Obama won the presidency.  Some serious attempts at vetting were dismissed as “smears,” broadly ignored or simply buried as unhelpful. Obama’s relative pass is an indictment of our political media’s inherent, abiding bias, but it’s not a justification for conservatives to close their eyes to discomfiting facts that may arise during contested campaigns.  The right should embrace genuine fact-finding and research, while holding the vetters’ feet to the fire when they miss the mark. And that’s exactly what happened today, it seems.”

Later Friday night Dr. Carson came out swinging:



A lot of anger has been directed at the media today by conservatives, which is understandable. However, that anger should also be directed at any Republicans who piled on Carson with the media. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take too long for Donald Trump to pile on Carson; he tweeted, “The Carson story is either a total fabrication or, if true, even worse-trying to hit mother over the head with a hammer or stabbing friend!”

This year’s Republican primary cycle has been filled with drama, but piling on with the liberals in the media crosses a line. Trump and any Republican who piles on Carson with the left should seriously rethink their actions.

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The best conclusion is Carson’s response on Friday night’s “Mark Levin Show”:

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