by James Buchanan
A CNN article reports “Republican Ben Carson Tuesday called for the firing of a Ted Cruz campaign staffer who said the retired neurosurgeon was planning to drop out.”
“‘I think whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture,’ Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper on ‘The Lead.'”
“One day after winning the Iowa caucuses, Cruz issued an apology to Carson after his staff falsely told Iowa caucusgoers that Carson planned to quit the race, calling it a ‘mistake.'”
“Cruz said in a statement Tuesday that his campaign staff saw a CNN report that Carson was dropping out, although CNN had not characterized Carson’s actions that way.”
“‘Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story,’ Cruz said in a statement first shared with CNN…”
Notice that Cruz is trying to shift the blame to CNN. The truth is that CNN issued a series of statements about Carson and there’s no “I’m quitting the race” message to be gleaned unless you take one of the messages out of context and then assume that it means more than it actually says.
Bill O’Reilly on his very popular cable TV show sharply criticized Cruz for sending the word out all over Iowa that Carson was dropping out of the race. O’Reilly’s guest, Karl Rove pointed out that if just four Carson supporters in each precinct were fooled by this trick and switched their votes to Cruz, it would make the difference between first and second place, meaning that Trump might have been the winner in Iowa if this fraud had not taken place.
An article from Mediate.com reports “In an election season full of bizarre spectacles, perhaps none was quite so bizarre as that of CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield reading a prepared “apology” from the Ted Cruz campaign over ‘dirty tricks’ (to put it generously) that Cruz’s campaign and surrogates used to carry him to victory over Donald Trump in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. It’s not bizarre that Cruz’s campaign would issue a self-serving and inaccurate ‘apology,’ but it is bizarre that CNN would broadcast such an apology when it contained willful inaccuracies about CNN.”
“Aside from the legally-shady ‘voter violation’ mailer, Cruz’s campaign has been accused of spreading rumors at caucus precincts that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, and that Iowa voters should instead support Ted Cruz. That allegation came from none other than Ben Carson himself Tuesday morning, when he told Fox and Friends that his own wife, Candy Carson, personally witnessed this activity going on…”