Conservative Icon Rush Limbaugh said during his top-rated talk show that the news media are guilty of fabricating negative stories about the retired pediatric neurosurgeon’s White House bid and thus making Dr. Ben Carson a victim of an “electronic lynching.” He also claims Politico perpetrated an “assassination attempt” against the staunchly conservative Republican.
Meanwhile, journalist Mollie Hemingway, writing for The Federalist, states: “Politico‘s Kyle Cheney admitted that he fabricated a negative story about Ben Carson. At least, according to his own standards, he admitted the grievous journalistic sin.”
In a story published early on Friday, Politico’s Kyle Cheney authored a piece headlined “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship” with a subhead “Carson’s campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described.”
“Unfortunately, the editors at Politico kept re-editing the story and re-posting it on the Internet. And thanks to their partners at other news outlets — a known hotbed of Democratic Party sycophants — the story has become so confusing and the language so parsed that it takes an intelligence analyst to decipher the language,” said political strategist and former corruption investigator Mike Baker.
- The headline was completely false
- The subhead was also completely false
- The opening paragraph was false, False, FALSE
- The substance of the piece was missing key exonerating information
- The article demonstrated confusion about service academy admissions and benefits