November 6, 2015

THERE'S A REASON NON-POLITICIANS DON'T WIN...:

THE END OF CARSON? (Sarah Posner, 11/06/15, Religion Dispatches)

This morning, Politico reported that Carson's anecdote about being offered a scholarship to West Point has some serious holes:

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.

When presented with these facts, Carson's campaign conceded the story was false.

This comes on the heels of CNN's report earlier this week, calling into question another seminal story in Gifted Hands: that as a teenager with a ferocious temper, Carson tried to stab a friend. The questions around the stabbing story, and Carson's campaign's effort to question CNN's reporting, led New York magazine to run with the headline: "Ben Carson Defends Himself Against Allegations That He Never Attempted to Murder a Child:"

Carson went on Fox News's The Kelly File last night to respond, telling Megyn Kelly that the idea that he could have misrepresented his past was absurd and insulting, and that the person he tried to stab was a close relative who did not wish to come forward. In his memoir, the person he stabbed was identified as a friend, not a relative.

"I would say to the people of America: Do you think I'm a pathological liar like CNN does? Or do you think I'm an honest person?" Carson said.

Translation: I'm honest! I really did try to kill my friend. Or relative. Or something.

...they've never been through even a basic vetting process.  Pathological lying has been permitted.

Posted by at November 6, 2015 4:47 PM

  

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