The Carson campaign is fighting back against reality, y’all and yes, it’s the media’s fault. You win $100.00.
A Carson spokesperson called the Politico story about Ben Carson not being offered a scholarship or being admitted to West Point an “outright lie” this afternoon, while speaking to a reporter at the conservative Daily Caller.
From the Daily Caller, where they’ve taken to referring to the Politico story about Ben Carson’s West Point “fabrications” a “hit piece”:
“The campaign never ‘admitted to anything,'” a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told The Daily Caller News Foundation in response to a hit by Politico claiming his campaign admitted to “fabricating” a key point about his West Point story.
“The Politico story is an outright Lie,” Doug Watts told TheDCNF.
The problem with this defense is that it blames West Point, because it was West Point, not Politico, who said Carson was never offered a scholarship or admission.
Here are the facts from the original Politico article:
West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.
“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy. She said West Point has no records that indicate Carson even began the application process. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such,” she said.
The West Point spokeswoman said it certainly is possible Carson talked with Westmoreland, and perhaps the general even encouraged him to apply to West Point. However, she said, the general would have explained the benefits of a West Point education without guaranteeing him entry.
So West Point must be in with the liberal media, out to get Republicans!
Then, we got the real goods from the Daily Caller, in which Carson’s people parse words for the win:
The Carson campaign disputes Politico’s unsubstantiated claim he ever claimed to have applied to West Point or been admitted: “He never said he was admitted or even applied.”
Oh, except when he did. Which was in Carson’s own books and on his own Facebook page. “The next question is from Bill. He wanted to know if it was true that I was offered a slot at West Point after high school. Bill, that is true. I was the highest student ROTC member in Detroit and was thrilled to get an offer from West Point…”
You can’t get an “offer” from West Point if you have not applied. As the author of the Politico article pointed out in his original piece, and as I reiterated in my earlier article (my bold because two can play parse the language games):
An application to West Point begins with a nomination by a member of Congress or another prominent government or military official. After that, a rigorous vetting process begins. If offered admission, all costs are covered for all students; indeed there are no “full scholarships,” per se.
Talk about some fancy foot work — to say they never admitted this was a fabrication and then denounce the entire article as false is a swift moving of the goal posts, for which they should be commended. They even tried to make a case for Ben Carson’s story in the original Politico story, and that case also involved moving the goal posts. So far, we have a candidate whose past is being questioned on all major counts that he has put forth (violent past, offered scholarship to West Point) versus CNN and Politico. And reality.
Ben Carson is coming off as an untrustworthy narrator, at the very least and the Republican Party has an ongoing, systemic problem with vetting, and it’s all the liberal media’s fault!
Update 6:10 EST: Politico has taken “fabricated” out of their title.