November 7, 2015

BLAMING THE MEDIA IS ALWAYS AN ADMISSION OF GUILT:

Ben Carson's Mannatech Problem : The GOP candidate denied any relationship with the controversial health-supplement company. His record says otherwise. (Matt Ford, 10/29/15, The Atlantic)

Dur­ing Wed­nes­day's GOP pres­id­en­tial de­bate in Boulder, Col­or­ado, CN­BC mod­er­at­or Carl Quintanilla asked Ben Car­son, a lead­ing GOP con­tender and an ac­com­plished pe­di­at­ric neurosur­geon, about his re­la­tion­ship with a con­tro­ver­sial nu­tri­tion­al-sup­ple­ment com­pany.

"There's a com­pany called Man­nat­ech, a maker of nu­tri­tion­al sup­ple­ments, with which you had a 10-year re­la­tion­ship," Quintanilla asked. "They offered claims that they could cure aut­ism and can­cer. They paid $7 mil­lion to settle a de­cept­ive-mar­ket­ing law­suit in Texas, and yet your in­volve­ment con­tin­ued. Why?"

"Well, it's easy to an­swer," Car­son quickly replied. "I didn't have an in­volve­ment with them. That is total pro­pa­ganda, and this is what hap­pens in our so­ci­ety. Total pro­pa­ganda." He then back­tracked a little. "I did a couple of speeches for them. I did speeches for oth­er people; they were paid speeches," he told the crowd be­fore switch­ing back to a full deni­al. "It is ab­so­lutely ab­surd to say that I had any kind of re­la­tion­ship with them." Then he again ac­know­ledged a role. "Do I take the product? Yes, I think it's a good product." [...]

His re­la­tion­ship with the com­pany is lengthy and well-doc­u­mented, which makes his re­sponse even more bizarre.

These responses--where he just blames the meda for even asking questions--aren't bizarre; they're all he needs when he talks to the Right.

Posted by at November 7, 2015 6:10 PM

  

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