Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ben Carson is talking gibberish... again

Photo: Dr. Ben Carson, professor of the Hollow Pyramid Theory and Republican Party candidate for president of the United States.

FOX Business Network Super PAC televised debate, Nov. 10, 2015 / Washington Post transcript (bold emphasis mine):
NEIL CAVUTO: Welcome back to the Milwaukee Theater and the Republican presidential debate. Let's get right back to our questions.

Dr. Carson, to you. You recently railed against the double- standard in the media, sir, that seems obsessed with inconsistencies and potential exaggerations in your life story, but looked the other way when it came to then-Senator Barack Obama's. Still, as a candidate whose brand has always been trust, are you worried your campaign -- which you've always said, sir, is bigger than you -- is now being hurt by you?

CARSON: Well, first of all, thank you not asking me what I said in the 10th grade. I appreciate that.



CAVUTO: I'll just forget that follow-up there.


CARSON: The fact of the matter is, you know, what -- we should vet all candidates. I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about and then putting that out there as truth.


And I don't even mind that so much, if they do it about -- with everybody, like people on the other side. But, you know, when I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton, who sits there and tells her daughter and a government official that no, this was a terrorist attack, and then tells everybody else that it was a video. Where I came from, they call that a lie. And...


I think that's very different from, you know, somebody misinterpreting, when I said that I was offered a scholarship to West Point, that is the words that they used. But, I've had many people come and say the same thing to me.

That is what people do in those situations. We have to start treating people the same, and finding out what people really think and what they're made of. People who know me know that I'm an honest person.


CAVUTO: Thank you, Dr. Carson.

First: Is Carson suggesting that Hillary Clinton told "everybody else" that "a video" attacked the compound in Benghazi?

Clinton told her daughter that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. What wasn't known at the time was whether or not the terrorist attack at the Benghazi compound was related to, or a consequence of, earlier protests (and attacks) over a video titled Innocence of Muslims.

From Wikipedia:
On September 11, 2012, a series of protests and violent attacks began in response to a YouTube trailer for a film called Innocence of Muslims, considered blasphemous by many Muslims. The reactions began at U.S. diplomatic mission in Cairo, Egypt, and quickly spread across the Muslim world to additional U.S. and other countries' diplomatic missions and other locations, with issues beyond the offense at the movie trailer becoming subjects of protest. In Cairo a group scaled the embassy wall and tore down the American flag to replace it with a black Islamic flag.

On September 13, protests occurred at the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, resulting in the deaths of four protesters and injuries to thirty-five protesters and guards. On September 14, the U.S. consulate in Chennai was attacked, resulting in injuries to twenty-five protesters.[14] Protesters in Tunis, Tunisia, climbed the U.S. embassy walls and set trees on fire. At least four people were killed and forty-six injured during protests in Tunis on September 15.[6] Further protests were held at U.S. diplomatic missions and other locations in the days following the initial attacks. Related protests and attacks resulted in numerous deaths and injuries across the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi - and a short time later a second compound - took place on September 11, 2015.

Carson is simply repeating bumbling talking points he picks up listening to dishonest Wingnut pep pills like Sean Hannity. Carson clearly doesn't really know the first thing about what happened in Libya and Egypt and elsewhere on September 11, 2012 or in the days that followed. And, apparently, neither does Neil Cavuto.

Next, Carson seems to be claiming that the media made up, or misinterpreted, his claims to a scholarship offer from West Point:
"...when I said that I was offered a scholarship to West Point, that is the words that they used."

"they" presumably, being reporters. Or maybe the video have assumed his likeness and are saying things he never really said!

Actually, Carson called it a full scholarship. Excerpt below from his book Gifted Hands. Pages 67, 68 and 75.

So, apparently, Ben Carson wants us to believe that THE MEDIA snuck into his skull in the middle of the night and commandeered him to write a book about himself only to return later to accuse him of writing things in a book he never really wrote. Now that's some ghost writing.

Of course none of this incoherent babble from Carson drew any follow-up request for clarification from Cavuto. The whole routine reminded me of some kind of old vaudeville act where the handler points at the dog, the dog jumps through a hoop and barks, and the audience applauds.

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