Presidential candidate Ben Carson is under attack, enduring media scrutiny of several tales he told in books and speeches across many years. And it’s happening because he’s leading.
Here’s how this goes down: Nobody in the media is reading Carson’s books or sifting through hundreds – maybe thousands – of speeches over the years. Reporters sit quietly in their offices and await delivery of opposition research packages from other candidates worried about Ben Carson. They check the facts here and there, but mostly just run with the materials.
Politico got jammed up publishing incorrect criticism of a Carson West Point story. Carson pushed back successfully on that story, embarrassed Politico, and he continues to fight. The days of solid reporting are gone. Now it’s all gotcha – and sometimes, it’s reporters who get got.