DISTURBING UPDATE: The admission by the Carson campaign that the doctor fabricated the story of his West Point admission, if true, is highly disturbing and calls into question everything I have written below.
SECOND UPDATE: While appearing at 11:20 AM Pacific on the Steve Malzberg Show on NewsmaxTV to discuss this story, I was informed that the Carson campaign has completely denied the POLITICO story. If this proves out, we can add POLITICO to CNN as among those media inadvertently aiding the doctor’s campaign. Still, this controversy is by no means over and will make us all scrutinize Carson’s remarks all the more closely.
Okay, I admit it. That’s a click-fishing headline. (Or should I say click phishing?) No one in their right mind would pay for CNN’s brain-dead nonsense about Ben Carson except for CNN. But the truth is the network’s assault on the former neurosurgeon today, pretty much accusing the doctor of lying in his memoir, is some of the most rancid yellow journalism I have encountered in years. It’s so sleazy, in fact, that it is certain to rebound against network and in favor of Carson. How could they have been that dumb?
Well, I take that back. It is the network, as many of us remember, that lied about Saddam’s murders and rape rooms to keep access to the dictator . They’re continuing their great journalistic tradition by basing their smear of Carson on some of his decades-old acquaintances not remembering incidents that Carson described in his memoir, although not a single one of them makes the claim that the incidents did not happen.
Here’s an exclusive for CNN, right in the spirit of their Carson coverage. Back in the eighties, I met O.J. Simpson twice at Hollywood parties. BUT… despite that fact that I met him on those two occasions, I have no direct evidence that he murdered Nicole Brown Simpson or Ron Goldman.
So there you have it, what you’ve been waiting to know for years. Proof The Juice is innocent. Call Alan Dershowitz. Resurrect Johnnie Cochran. Set O.J. free. (Can I have a job with CNN now?)
What? That’s not proof? Okay, I tried. I guess I was seduced by Wolf Blitzer’s salary. (And, yeah, the parties were pretty big and I hardly did more than shake Simpson’s hand. So what do I know?)
But speaking of memoirs, as I seem to recall, there was some dispute over the authenticity of one written by another well-known politician. He may have had a secret ghost writer who, on occasion, has come out of the closet. In fact, though you are unlikely to find it on CNN, the far more reliable Daily Mail has a considerable amount of information about the hidden back stories of Barack Obama than even someone like the great Sidney Blumenthal could dig up on Ben Carson, though I wouldn’t doubt Sid is hard at work on it as I write. Perhaps we shall see evidence in some forthcoming email release.
And while on the subject of emails and CNN, the network’s Democratic Party debate, after which such brilliant political gurus as pseudo-Republican Joe Scarborough anointed Hillary Clinton the second coming of Queen Elizabeth, turns out not to have been so successful for Her Majesty after all. Her honesty numbers continue down and now, all of a sudden, Bernie Sanders has awakened from the dead — I think he was sleeping in Lenin’s Tomb — and is attacking Hillary for her myriad policy inconsistencies and for the very emails he told us at the debate were a boring distraction. Go figure. Needless to say the Hillary campaign is upset. Perhaps their friends at CNN will come to her aid. Their sudden attack on Carson couldn’t have had anything to do with the fact that’s he’s suddenly leading Hillary by ten percent in the polls, could it? Nah.