Later on Thursday, during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Carson said the person he attempted to stab is a close relative, but that he or she did not want their name released. That differs from earlier accounts, in which Carson described the person as a classmate, according to The Daily Beast. [Politico]
ON CNN today, Ben Carson came under fire for the story he tells about his life, because he’s been inconsistent, and reporters can’t corroborate the details. It follows the ridiculous insanity of Carson being caught saying Joseph used the pyramids for grain storage. Watching this train wreck makes Donald Trump look like Reagan.
It should be noted that over the day the reporting has shifted in tone, Politico rewriting the headline and admitting the first one was over the top. It is my opinion that the foundational truth remains. Dr. Carson hasn’t told the truth about parts of his past. That fact became clear when Armstrong Williams melted into a puddle during an interview on “With All Due Respect,” with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. [update]
One thing that won’t work, except with his devotees, is claiming that Hillary Clinton hasn’t been asked similarly tough questions. He also names Barack Obama, saying he wasn’t vetted like Carson is experiencing, but it’s hard not to laugh when you think of the birtherism that has plagued the political right over the President’s past. That after President Obama was inaugurated, the claims he wasn’t fully American continued, revved up during the 2012 election cycle by Carson’s main opponent, Donald Trump.
From CNN, after today’s contentious interview
Glover and Reston spoke with nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson, and none had any memory of the anger or violence the candidate has described.
CNN’s story pointed out that none of the people interviewed challenged the veracity of his accounts, but said they were surprised at them and did not reflect the youth that they knew.
Carson has had a shifting explanation of why the stories cannot be corroborated since CNN published its findings on Thursday morning.
At first, he said CNN spoke only with people who knew him after his temper changed, but when he was informed that some of the interviewees knew him going back to elementary school and his early childhood, he said the incidents were private and that’s why others weren’t aware of them. He then returned to the earlier line Friday on CNN.
It’s hard to believe much of what Ben Carson says.
But considering his business manager and continual mouthpiece is Armstrong Williams, nothing Carson claims should surprise anyone, nor should the possibility that he’s lying.
Tribune Media Services will stop distributing columns written by conservative commentator Armstrong Williams because he received money to promote President Bush’s education programs, the company said. […]
In a statement, the group of 4,000 members called on all broadcast and print media that carry Williams’ work or use him as a commentator — a group that includes CNN — to “drop him immediately.”
“I thought we in the media were supposed to be watchdogs, not lapdogs,” said Bryan Monroe, a vice president of the association. “I thought we had an administration headed by a president who took an oath to uphold the First Amendment, not try to rent it.”
Belief and piety don’t automatically mean you’re ethical or truthful.
Politico is now reporting in an exclusive that Carson’s campaign has admitted he lied about his West Point story, which turns out to be a whopper.
“More exciting to me, General William Westmoreland (very prominent in the Viet Nam war) attended with an impressive entourage. Afterward, Sgt. Hunt” – his high school ROTC director – “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.”
But, according to records of Westmoreland’s schedule that were provided by the U.S. Army, the general did not visit Detroit around Memorial Day in 1969 or have dinner with Carson. In fact, the general’s records suggest he was in Washington that day and played tennis at 6:45 p.m.
Surely we don’t have to learn this lesson yet again.