Nov 10, 2015

Media Scrutiny of Carson and Obama Brilliantly Compared

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

National Review reports Ben Carson calls out the media’s double standard on Obama:
Carson has also been questioned by CNN about why several people who knew him growing up don’t recall that he had exhibited anger or violence. Carson noted that most of the people the media has talked to knew him in high school, and that his last “violent episode” occurred in the ninth grade, before he had a religious conversion. Carson said that he did try to stab someone, “a relative who does not want to be subjected to the media.”

But Carson’s news conference was most memorable for his willingness to push back against the media:
I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running. In fact I remember just the opposite. I remember people saying, ‘Oh, we won’t really talk about that. We won’t talk about that relationship. Well, Frank Marshall Davis, well, we don’t want to talk about that. Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, well he don’t really know him. All the things that Jeremiah Wright was saying, oh, not a big problem.
A reporter responded to Carson’s complaint that there was a “desperation on behalf of some” to find some kind of scandal surrounding him by saying, “Our job is to ask questions.” Carson paused and said: “There is a fair way to do this and a very unfair way to do this. . . . My job is to call you out when you are unfair.” At another point he said: “You are not going to find with me, somebody who will sit back and let you be completely unfair without letting the American people know what is going on. The American people are waking up to these games.”
Carson’s comments about the media, and his complaints about Barack Obama, were — no surprise — barely reported. But they deserve an airing. By those standards, Barack Obama was clearly the beneficiary of enormous media forbearance while he ran for president.
By those standards, Barack Obama was clearly the beneficiary of enormous media forbearance while he ran for president.

When Bob Schieffer retired as host of CBS’s Face the Nation last June, he admitted to Howard Kurtz of Fox News: “Maybe we were not skeptical enough. It was a campaign.” He added that in his view it is the role of the opponents to “make the campaign” question the records of candidates. I wouldn’t want to tell that to Woodward and Bernstein about their coverage of Watergate during the 1972 election.
Just before the 2008 election, Mark Halperin, co-author of the best-selling campaign book Game Change and now a Bloomberg TV host, was asked at a conference if the media had been too soft on Obama. He answered yes and went on to say that through the subtle choice of which stories to cover and where to deploy investigative resources, the national media had handed Obama “hundreds of millions in free publicity.”


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