First, the media accused presidential candidate Ben Carson of concocting stories of his violent youth. Then, Politico ran a story about how he “lied” about his West Point scholarship offer in his book Gifted Hands. They claimed that the Carson campaign “conceded” that he lied. But Carson said that was a “bold-faced lie.” He didn’t “concede” anything. He recalls being invited to a big event in Detroit and having dinner with General Westmoreland who told the then-17-year-old Ben Carson that he could get him into West Point with a scholarship. Carson was honored, but declined the offer, citing his plans to pursue medicine.
Carson joked that next, the media are going to track down his kindergarten teacher and it would be revealed that as a 5-year-old, Carson peed his pants.
Maybe the media are trying to provoke Ben Carson into a violent rage. If that’s what they’re attempting, I don’t think it’s going to work. Dr. Carson is still the mild-mannered and soft-spoken gentleman, even when media attack him and hurl false accusations at him. Can you imagine if the media treated Hillary Clinton the same way? I think there would be lots of blood. Maybe that’s why they leave her alone.
Dr. Carson said pretty much everything I ever wanted to say to the media but knew I couldn’t, because I’m terrible under pressure. You should watch the whole press conference he held. It’s well worth it:
Here’s a gem from Carson’s rebuke:
“I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running,” Carson said. “In fact, I remember just the opposite. I remember people just – oh wait, we won’t talk about that. We won’t talk about that relationship.”
“Why are his records sealed?” he later asked. “Why are you guys not interested in his record [being] sealed? Why are you not interested in that? Let me ask that. Can someone tell me why please?”
A reporter asked, “Why do you think they are?”
“I’m asking you why it’s sealed. No, no, no! Don’t change it!” he said over the reporter. “I’m asking you will someone, will someone tell me why you have not investigated that? I want to know.”
“Why are you raising it?” a reporter asked.
“Because I want to know. You should want to know too,” Carson answered.
He added, “Hold on one second. You are saying that something that happened with the words ‘a scholarship was offered’ is a big deal, but president of the United States, his academic records being sealed is not? Tell me how there is equivalency there!”
Carson concluded saying he would not stand idly by as the media took shots at his campaign.
The media like to take things like this from people’s past, twist them, and turn them into a scandal of their own creation. The media can make false accusations, and tell outright lies, and no one really seems to care. And they know that their false accusations can bring a presidential candidate down. After all, if it’s on TV, it must be true.
But Carson has a different prediction, and only time will tell if it comes true. He said, “My prediction is that all of you guys trying to pile on is actually going to help me, because when I go out to these book-signings, and I see these thousands of people, they say, ‘Don’t let the media get you down. Don’t let them disturb you. Please continue to fight for us.’ See, they understand that this is a witch-hunt.”