Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is finding out first-hand that when a black conservative runs for office, there is no stone that will remain unturned in the media’s effort to destroy him. The president who put “composite” white girlfriends in his autobiography to this very day gets away with having his academic records kept from public view, but Dr. Carson’s “implication” of an offer to West Point as a 17-year-old ROTC student was somehow a scandal on Friday.
Dr. Carson was a shooting star in Detroit by the time he was an ROTC student. It does not take a genius to figure out that someone with military clout, apparently Gen. William Westmoreland, pulled him aside and said West Point was a done-deal if he wanted it. I say this as someone who a.) seriously looked into the Army’s “Green to Gold” enlisted-to-officer program as a mechanized infantryman, and b.) has a father who graduated from West Point.
Only a political opponent or a media apparatus intent on destroying the man’s chances at winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would make a big deal out of this story — and I say that as someone who supports another candidate.
Faced with the media’s feeding frenzy, Dr. Carson intellectually destroyed a room filled with so-called journalists. He said Nov. 6:
Ben Carson: There is a desperation on behalf of some to try and find a way to tarnish me because they have been looking through everything. They have been talking to everybody I’ve ever known, everybody I’ve ever seen. ‘There’s gotta be a scandal. There’s gotta be some nurse he’s having an affair with. There’s gotta be something!’
So next week it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants. I mean, it’s just ridiculous. But it’s okay, because I totally expect it.
I do not remember this level for scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running. In fact, I remember just the opposite. I remember people just, ‘Oh, well, we won’t really talk about that. We won’t talk about that relationship. Well, Frank Marshal Davis. Eh, we don’t want to talk about that. Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers? Eh, he didn’t really know him.’
All the things Jeremiah Wright was saying. ‘Eh, not a big problem.’
[Obama] goes to Occidental college. Doesn’t do all that well, and somehow ends up in Columbia University. ‘Eh, I don’t know.’ His records are sealed. Why are his records sealed? Why are you guys not interested in why his records are sealed? Can somebody tell me why? Please.
**reporter gets upset and asks why Carson is raising the question**
I’m asking you why it is so. Will someone tell me please why you have not investigated that.
**reporters try to interject**
Why? Because I want to know. You should want to know, too. He’s president of the United States. You’re saying that something that happened with the words of scholarship that was offered is a big deal, but the president — his academic records being sealed — is not?
**reporters try to interject again**
Tell me how there’s equivalency there. Tell me, somebody. Please. You see, what you’re not going to find with me, is somebody who is going to sit back and let you be completely unfair without letting the American people know what’s going on. The American people are waking up to your games.
Boom. Mic drop.
Have you ever noticed how strange it is that reporters and pundits who always praise Mr. Obama for his intellect show zero curiosity as to why he doesn’t want his college transcripts made public?
Have you ever noticed that the media never really talked to anyone who remembered Mr. Obama at Columbia?
Has it ever seemed peculiar that a man who admits he was a confused druggie with poor grades suddenly found himself able to transfer to a prestigious university?
Mr. Obama has been the president for almost eight years, and yet there is still much about his past that remains a mystery. It is incredibly telling how the media obsesses over Dr. Carson’s youth, yet it shows contempt for anyone who speaks on the odd trajectory of Mr. Obama’s college life.
The retired neurosurgeon’s campaign certainly has its faults, but its ability to call out media bias is certainly not one of them.
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