Chad’s Morning Brief: Ben Carson Goes After the Media and Lawmaker Believes ISIS Bombed Russian Airline
Ben Carson is fed up with the media. The Chad Hasty Show airs 8:30-11am on 790AM KFYO.
Carson Goes After the Media
According to CNN, Presidential candidate Ben Carson is fed up with the media and is ready to start calling the media out on not being fair.
The retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential contender insisted at a political rally and on three morning news shows that reports about his claims about a violent youth, a Politico report about a scholarship offer to West Point and a story about a Yale class are actually helping his campaign.
Speaking to reporters after a political rally in Puerto Rico Sunday morning, Carson pushed back on the notion that the scrutiny on his past is "getting under his skin" -- but then launched into an angry and mocking critique of the media coverage this week.
"It's not particularly getting under my skin, obviously it's helping me," said Carson, who on Saturdaythanked a "biased media" for helping him fundraise $3.5 million last week. "But I simply cannot sit still and watch unfairness. I am always going to call that out when I see it."
On Thursday, CNN's Scott Glover and Maeve Reston reported that nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson could not confirm accounts from his 1990 autobiography "Gifted Hands" of a childhood of violence, including an attempted stabbing and punching a classmate in the face with his hand wrapped around a lock. The next day, Politico published a storyclaiming that the Carson campaign admitted that he "fabricated" an account of applying and being admitted to West Point -- a headline the outlet later softened.
And late Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that it couldn't confirm Carson's account of protecting white students during a race riot back when he was a high school junior or a story involving a psychology exam while at Yale.
"Obviously, the Politico thing was a hit job, no question about that," Carson said in Puerto Rico. "The kind of investigations that were done, talking to the wrong people. Not going to Wilson Junior High School where the lock incident occurred. But talking to other people and saying, 'See we can't find them' -- I mean this is just stupid, and I mean if our media is no better than investigating than that, it's sick. The Wall Street Journal thing coming out and saying 'there's no such course, obviously this is all fabricated' how come -- with all their tools they can't find it, but we can? That doesn't make any sense, does it?"
He added: "The burden of proof is not going to be on me to corroborate everything I have ever talked about in my life, because once I start down that road, from now until the election, you're going to be spending your time doing that and we have much more important things to do," Carson said. "You're asking me about something that occurred 50 years ago. And you expect me to have the details about that? Forget about it. It's not going to happen."
Unless the media can find something truly damaging on Carson they seem to only be helping him. The Republican candidates have decided it seems that they are tired of taking the media's BS. It's about time.
A New Chapter for ISIS
Rep. Mike McCaul told FOX News that he believes ISIS was responsible for bringing down a Russian airliner on October 31.
Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday he’s convinced that an Islamic State bomb recently took down a Russian airliner -- saying "this is a new chapter for ISIS," while comparing the incident to the 9/11 terror attacks and calling for tightened U.S. security.
“All indicators are pointing to the fact that it was ISIS putting a bomb on an airplane,” McCaul, R-Texas, told “Fox News Sunday.” “I have a high degree of confidence. It’s been my gut (feeling) all along. … This is comparable to 9/11 for” Russia.
McCaul said he’s basing his conclusion in large part on intelligence reports, ISIS’ declaration of war on Russia and the so-called white box recovered from the plane, which officials say recorded a “loud bang” before the Oct. 31 incident.
The Russian-bound commercial jet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. Most of the passengers were Russian.
Officials now increasingly suspect somebody, perhaps an airport worker, planted the bomb at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt, from where the plane departed.
It would not surprise me at all if ISIS was actually responsible. Their influence in the Middle East has grown and their tactics will grow worse. The US must do more to stop them.