After Democrat Media Complex website Politico published a false hit piece against Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the backlash began, and now the leftwing “news” site has had to change their tune, but are still doubling down on a major lie in their original story.
Certainly, Politico anticipated a different outcome from their bias — the type of bias that booted one time 2012 Republican frontrunner, Herman Cain, who is also black, from the presidential race.
According to fellow Democrat Media Complex member The Washington Post, Politico originally stood behind their false hatchet job on Dr. Carson, saying, “We stand by our story which is a powerful debunking of a key aspect of Ben Carson’s personal narrative.”
The only problem is that the Politico story didn’t debunk anything except for Politico’s credibility.
Politico’s original title for the story was, “Ben Carson Admits Fabricating West Point Scholarship,” but Politico was forced to change their original headline after “standing by” their story, after it was proven that the Carson campaign admitted no such thing, to the newly adjusted, but still false headline, “Exclusive: Carson Claimed West Point ‘Scholarship’ But Never Applied.”
Politico should just issue their apology and retraction, as well as show their DNC membership cards and Hillary buttons because the new headline is also a lie.
Ben Carson never claimed that he applied to West Point, and Politico knows it. To the contrary, Carson wrote in his 1992 memoir, Gifted Hands, about the 1969 (Yes, 46 years ago — that’s how desperate the leftstream media is to take him out.) conversation he had with General William Westmoreland:
At the end of my twelfth grade I marched at the head of the Memorial Day parade. I felt so proud, my chest bursting with ribbons and braids of every kind. To make it more wonderful, We had important visitors that day. Two soldiers who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam were present. More exciting to me, General William Westmoreland (very prominent in the Viet Nam war) attended with an impressive entourage. Afterward, Sgt. Hunt introduced me to General Westmoreland, and I had dinner with him and the Congressional Medal winners. Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point. I didn’t refuse the scholarship outright, but I let them know that a military career wasn’t where I saw myself going.
Here is the original intro to the Politico hit piece:
Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The academy has occupied a central place in Carson’s tale for years. According to a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy.West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday conceded that he never applied nor was granted admission to West Point and attempted to recast his previous claims of a full scholarship to the military academy — despite numerous public and written statements to the contrary over the last few decades.
This would be such utter nonsense if it weren’t such a serious matter. This would be like writing a hit piece against Barack Obama saying, “Matthew Burke (I’m 5’9″) denies that he’s 7’2″ and has a skyhook like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.” I’ve never claimed to be 7’2, so I’m not lying, and Ben Carson has never claimed to have applied to West Point.
In regards to the false claim by Politico that West Point doesn’t offer a “full scholarship,” as Maury Povich might say, “That too is a lie!”