Sick and tired of defending himself against the media, Ben Carson is turning the conversation back around on his attackers—and with the perfect amount of irony, he called out the dishonesty of the media at the National Press Club.
Since that speech, Carson has taken further opportunities to address the partisanship of the press, a campaign that was largely provoked by the way the media sensationalized his comments after the October 1st shooting at Umpqua Community College. Looking back at this controversial interview in light of Carson’s new crusade against media bias, it is clear that this outsider presidential candidate is getting at a larger goal: maintaining identity.
His comments about the Umpqua shooting reveal that Carson is first trying to salvage the identity of individual Americans. As he pointed out in his National Press Club speech, the media only reported Carson’s comment that he probably would not go to visit the community after the shooting if they didn’t want him to be there.
Taken out of context, his response sounded cold and heartless. However, juxtaposed with the question on Obama’s visit to the community in order to push his gun control agenda, Carson’s comments were concerned with respecting the grief, dignity, and identity of the individuals.
“Isn’t this about the people? This whole country, of for and by the people? The poor families of those individuals had to be hurting so badly,” Carson said.
In response, Carson declared #IamAChristian on Twitter in order to give support to the families and the nation. Continue Reading