Earlier this week Politico.com fabricated a story claiming Presidential candidate Ben Carson had lied when he said he applied to West Point and was accepted with a full scholarship. Since then Politico has changed their story numerous times because it never happened. Ben Carson has said repeatedly that he applied to only one college, Yale.
Now reporters and politicians are ripping into Virginia based Politico.com. Donald Trump said
“dumbest and most slanted” site that he has ever encountered.
Trump added “Losers”.
TheBlaze also criticized the story in the strongest terms,
“I’ve been a reporter for almost 30 years. Politico’s Ben Carson story is among the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in print,” TheBlaze’s Scott Baker said on social media.
CNNMoney weighed in on the fabricated story,
“Not accurate in Politico story: Carson claimed to have applied to West Point,” CNNMoney’s Dylan Byers noted on social media.
Byers, formerly of Politico, took it a step further by suggesting in an article that, “What initially looked like a disaster for Ben Carson could now be a major black eye for Politico.”
“[T]here is no evidence in Politico’s story that Carson ever claimed to have applied to West Point,” he added, disputing the report’s central claim.
“Politico said ‘Ben Carson admitted to fabricating.’ He did not. These are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed.”
“I’m a big fan of Ben Carson … I know there’s a media kerfuffle about it … but I can tell you this: I like & trust Ben Carson.”
Ben Carson himself called the story a “bald-faced lie”,
“Politico, as you know, told a bald-faced lie,” Carson said. “I never said I received a full scholarship. Nowhere did I say that.”
So Politico’s ‘big scoop’, their ‘exclusive’ story was fake. Rather than hurt Dr. Carson it has tarnished their own reputation. Politico has proven to be just another hack, liberal, political website.