From the article edog linked:
Politico Admits Fabricating A Hit Piece On Ben Carson
NOVEMBER 6, 2015 By Mollie Hemingway
In a story published early on Friday, Politico’s Kyle Cheney authored a piece headlined “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship” with a subhed “Carson’s campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described.”
There were at least five major problems with the story:
- The headline was completely false
- The subhed was also completely false
- The opening paragraph was false false false
- The substance of the piece was missing key exonerating information
- The article demonstrated confusion about service academy admissions and benefits
Roughly none of this is true. Ben Carson’s campaign did not “admit” that a central point in his story “was fabricated.” Quite the opposite. The central point of the story is falsely described by Cheney/Politico as being that he applied and was accepted at West Point. Carson, in fact, has repeatedly claimed not to have applied. So any claim regarding the absence of West Point records of such an application would not debunk Carson’s point. And, again, Carson’s campaign never “conceded” the story was false at least in part because the story, as characterized by Politico, is not one he told. Further, Cheney is unable to substantiate his claim that Carson told this story. Nowhere in the article does he even explain, with facts, where he came up with the idea that Carson has ever made this claim.
Politico stealthily edited the inflammatory headline and lede, after the damage was done. They made changes without adding a note about what was corrected. They didn’t update the piece or add an editor’s note. …
It’s always easier to refute facts one’s opponent never made. So beyond Politico and Kyle Cheney publishing a near-totally-false (Ben Carson does exist, and did meet Gen. Westmoreland) deceitful and deceptive hit-piece, Politico and Cheney revealed that they view Dr. Carson as their opponent! IOW, wrt Carson, Politico is Full Bias Ahead!
Rs, especially R Presidential candidates, need to understand that the MSM are, largely, partisan actors, and most MSM “reporters” and editorialists are partisan operatives not paid by the Ds (yet?). The Rs, Carson especially, need to wrap this hit-piece and CNBC’s shameful debate debacle around the MSM’s throat and kick them where it hurts, access. All R Presidential candidates need to refuse all Politico, CNBC, and ***MesS***NBC “reporters” any greater access than what is given to reporters from junior college newspapers (less, if the JC reporter is given interview time). This should be announced publicly, with the reasons spelled out, bluntly.
Carson, Cruz, and maybe Trump and Rubio, might do this. I don’t see the rest of the candidates or the R Party having this kind of courage, though I’d dearly love to be surprised.
Further, Carson, Cruz, and Rubio need to fully realize and be ready to act preemptively and responsively to the basic fact that they will be targets for all manner of smears and hit-pieces. For the blatantly obvious reason. Remember Herman Cain? Remember how his accuser suddenly went quiet and disappeared after he dropped out? For her and the MSM it was, “Mission Accomplished”!