The network that once championed Dr. Ben Carson as a presidential candidate has now kicked him to the curb.
Media Matters had a succinct explanation of Fox’s role in Carson’s presidential candidacy when he cut ties with Fox in order to prepare for his run:
Fox News and other conservative media are responsible in large part for helping catapult Carson from a career as a renowned neurosurgeon into his current incarnation as a political bombthrower—with a penchant for spouting nonsense—following a 2013 speech he gave attacking President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Shortly after that speech, he quickly became a media star, with Fox News figures quickly latching onto the idea he should run for president. The day after he delivered his speech, Sean Hannity hosted Carson on his Fox News show, asked him if he would ever run for president, then announced, “I would vote for you in a heartbeat.” The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed titled “Ben Carson for President.” A week later, one of Fox’s news programs dedicated a segment to one of the day’s “top stories,” which was the “buzz” that Carson should run for office.
Following several more months of network personalities fawning over Carson, Fox News inevitably announced that it had hired him in October 2013. Since then, Fox News and Carson have continued to work together to build his political brand and promote the idea that he is a viable presidential contender.
The fact that Carson had zero qualifications for president seemed to play no role in Fox’s calculation then or now. The Outnumbered cohosts today blasted him for bungling the politics, not for such gaffes as being unable to name which ally he’d call first to help fight ISIS or being unable to explain his own Medicare policy.
Carson’s fatal flaw, it seemed, is that, as The New York Times reported, he announced a major campaign shakeup to the press, not to his staff, and then seemed to reverse himself a few hours later. He also complained that his top staff was overpaid and that his campaign was not spending money wisely – shortly before saying, “My senior team remains in place with my full confidence.”
The show’s #OneLuckyGuy, Father Jonathan Morris was the only Carson defender – and even that was based on Carson’s character as a “good guy,” not his presidential ability.
But Fox newcomer Meghan McCain, who acts as if she is excited to agree with every Fox meme, lashed out at Carson. She attacked him for “repaying” his staff who have worked hard for him by doing an interview “where he’s basically saying I’m going to fire everyone a few days before Christmas.” She continued, “I think it shows a lack of character.”
You can always find the Fox News scripting in anything Harris Faulkner says and she was anti-Carson, too: “I question the whole thing of airing out what’s in your head in public before you let your staff know. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is,” Faulkner remarked.
“If you can’t manage the campaign, then how are you gonna manage the country?” Andrea Tantaros sneered.
“It’s like we’re in a hospital, we’re the patients and would he do that to the nurses, to the nursing staff?” Faulkner added
“He’s a good man, he’s just so green, man. This is the major leagues. We’ve got to beat Hillary,” McCain chimed in.
Clearly, McCain knew that everybody on the panel was on the same Republican-voting, anti-Clinton team.
Watch it below, from the December 24 Outnumbered.
As for Fox promoting Carson’s candidacy, I meant before he declared. Again, I provided links and examples. If you want to ignore them, that’s up to you. But don’t try to tell me the proof is not there.
From a quick check of the link provided with your name, your comment was just your SECOND comment (in two months)—and, surprisingly, your only other comment was your coming to defend Ben Carson’s “good name and record.”
And, for what it’s worth, you did NOT “refute” (“easily” or not) the claims that Fox did once champion Carson’s candidacy (Fox has, if you paid attention to the real world—and had an attention span greater than that of a goldfish—championed MULTIPLE candidates, even at a single time) or that Carson was hired as a contributor.
election lineup so they don’t get blasted for having “ONLY WHITE GUYS”
on their team.
They did it last year with Bachman and Herman Cain.
They dangle them in front of the cameras for a few weeks or months so they can say “see…we aren’t racist or sexists” and then when white Republican voters have entertained themselves enough…they push them to the rear… where they eventually are forgotten…and you end up with ’ONLY WHITE GUYS"
Media Matters had a succinct explanation of Fox’s role in Carson’s presidential candidacy when he cut ties with Fox in order to prepare for his run:"
You should check the stats on the first lie. FOX never championed anyone except Trump. Then you say when he cut ties with fox. He was never a paid commentator for Fox. Go ahead and ask. It was Donald trump that was a paid commentator on Fox and Freinds.
You should at least TRY to get facts right. When you start an article with two so easily proved wrong assertions why would i read the rest of the article. You have no character or credibility.
Having qualifications for the presidency??
Please — for Fox, that’s SOOOO 2008 . . . doncha know, lack of qualifications for office was only a concern when it came to the Scary Kenyan Mooslem
with the funny name.
Dr. Carson and Herman “pizza man” Cain are accomplished African American men who criticized the President, which alone made them superstars in Fox’s eyes. But, as Jan and truman said, both are the wrong color, ultimately, for Fox and their sheeple to ever accept in the WH, no matter their initial fawning.
But Fox and their sheeple will never admit this (they’re too busy calling the left “the real racists”); in order to get both out of the way, they had to wait until both committed some separate, non race-related gaffe . . . for Cain, it was when he got caught diddling white women not his wife (an unpardonable sin to the teabaggers) . . . for Carson, it supposedly is campaign staff mismanagement, but I suspect that it may have more to do with Carson not signing on to the promise not to run as a third-party/independent candidate should he not win the GOP nomination (which would sound the death knell for the GOP.)
Come Monday or shortly after the new year, I predict Dr. Carson will be the next one to leave the GOP clown car.
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