I’m a fierce independent and someone with a journalism background, so if Ben Carson is lying about his rags to surgical scrubs story, that is a valid inquiry. It just wish Hillary Clinton was held to the same journalistic standards.
1. Clinton told “Today” that her daughter was jogging around the World Trade Center on 9-11 and was in a nearby coffee shop when “She heard the plane hit. She heard it. She did,” Chelsea told “Talk Magazine” she was at a friend’s house four miles away. Her friend called her out of a deep sleep to tell her the first plane had struck.
2. Clinton told an audience during her 2008 run for president, that while visiting Bosnia in 1996 as first lady, she remembered “landing under sniper fire.” A greeting ceremony had to be cancelled, she said, as her party “ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” Video of the Bosnia landing showed Clinton and her daughter calmly walking across the tarmac to be greeted by a little girl with flowers and a crowd of well-wishers.
3. Clinton claims she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to climb Mt. Everest. The mountain climber didn’t gain fame for climbing the peak until Clinton was six years old.
4. Clinton kept State Department emails on a private server in her home, but “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.” Early on the in federal investigation the inspector general for 17 spy agencies told Congress that two contained information deemed “Top Secret.” Other emails were not labeled “Top Secret” but were indeed top secret and she knew it, investigators claim.
Other statements are harder to nail down.
Did or didn’t Clinton know that the attack on the Libyan embassy was a well-planned out terrorist attack and not a reaction to an anti-Muslim video? (She did tell the Egyptian prime minister less than 24 hours after the attack: “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.” However, for days later, the official story continued to be the attack was inspired by the video.)
And were the Clinton’s really “dead broke” when they left the White House—to make 12 million dollars during the year after leaving.
If Carson has fabricated some of his story, he needs to come clean. And Clinton needs to be held to the same standards as Carson.
Truth is not a Republican or Democratic commodity. The bright light needs to shine on all: conservative and liberal, Democrat and Republican, mainstream media and online news outlets . . .
Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins
Note (June 2016)
Donald Trump, the “presumptive” Republican candidate, is no “Honest Abe” either. New York Times‘ columnist Timothy Egan wrote:
[T]he nonpartisan PolitiFact has rated 76 percent of his statements lies—57 percent false or mostly false, and another 19 percent “Pants on Fire” fabrications. Only 2 percent—2 percent!—of his assertions were rated true, and another 6 percent mostly true. Hillary Clinton, who is not exactly known for fealty to the facts, had a 28 percent total lie score, including a mere 1 percent Pants on Fire.
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has dinged Trump with 30 of its Four Pinocchio ratings—lying 70 percent of the time.