For conservatives, the last year or so has been a lesson in liberal studies. Before Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot local criminal Michael Brown, you could easily have an intelligent debate about how much liberal bias there is in the mainstream media. Afterwards, however, there was no more debate to be had. For some reason, the events in Ferguson gave this nation’s newsmakers a shocking idea. Instead of simply choosing stories that make Democrats look good, interviewing experts who make Republicans look crazy, and doing all the things that conspire to brainwash the American public into thinking a certain way, they decided to abandon any pretense of objectivity.
In the months that followed, the media discovered that there was a lot of profit to be made by selling outright fiction and propaganda under the guise of news. And as long as the only dissenting voices came from media outlets already categorized as “conservative,” they had nothing to worry about. Even when the facts came in, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that things didn’t happen the way protestors said they did, they clung to their narrative.
When the time came to report on the saga of Kim Davis, they used the same playbook. People who support her are unintelligent morons, and the rest of us recognize the folly of her position. Case closed, let’s move on.
Same with the gay marriage decision itself. Same with the religious freedom debates in Arkansas and Illinois.
But the way the media has attacked Dr. Ben Carson shows that, despite what conservatives might know about the fictions being peddled by these liberal profiteers, a great many Americans have yet to wake up.
According to the media, Carson lied about being offered a scholarship to West Point. He lied about having a violent temper as a kid. He lied about protecting white people from rioting blacks in 1968. He lied about his relationship with a vitamin company. Furthermore, he is a religious nut who believes that the pyramids were built to house grain, that prison makes you gay, and that Muslims should not be within throwing distance of the White House.
Wow, that sounds like a truly horrible person. Why would such a dastardly villain be topping the Republican primary polls?
It doesn’t make much sense, does it? It doesn’t make much sense that one of the most decorated and distinguished neurologists in the country is – in reality – a liar and a fool. It doesn’t make much sense that millions of Americans would look up to such a creep, much less ponder the possibility of electing him president.
Well, maybe the reason it doesn’t make sense is that it isn’t true.
Now, of course Carson has some peculiar theories about certain things, but what do any of those theories have to do with his character? Does it matter if the president of the United States has another theory on the purpose of the Egyptian pyramids? If so, that’s an argument we’d like to read.
But what about his honesty? Well, so far, there has been very little evidence that he lied about anything. Maybe he messed up a date here or there. Maybe he misconstrued an invitation to apply to West Point as a full scholarship offer. What difference does it make? It would be one thing if the media proved that he actually didn’t attend medical school. Or that he not only gave speeches to Mannatech but actually owns a controlling share in the company. But these trivial matters…are just that. Trivial.
The media is trying desperately to take this man down, and – so far – their efforts have been feeble at best. Perhaps that’s because the 24% of Republicans supporting Carson have internalized the lessons of the last year too well.