Former GOP presidential favorite Herman Cain chimed in on critical media coverage of Ben Carson, calling Politico in particular a bunch of “media vultures.”
Cain took to his website to rail against the “lie” Politico perpetrated against Ben Carson, specifically referring to a controversial story the all-things-politics site ran on Friday which initially said Carson fabricated a story about being offered a full scholarship to West Point.
“Politico pulled the same dishonest crap on me in 2011,” the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza wrote, referring to his time on the receiving end of media fire during the 2012 primary campaign, which saw him besieged by accusations of sexual harassment.
Cain defended Carson from Politico’s story, which he argued used “semantics” to accuse the former neurosurgeon of deliberately inventing the story of the West Point Scholarship. Politico ended up changing the story’s headline and copy to tone down accusations that Carson lied.
“Politico does not care about accuracy,” Cain continued. “Their goal was to do a hit piece on Ben Carson to create doubt and confusion in the media and the court of public opinion.”
He went on to adamantly defend Carson, saying he did not lie, but made the small error of using the word scholarship instead of opportunity to describe the offer he received from West Point.
“That was enough for Politico to print a lie that ‘Ben Carson Admits Fabricating West Point Scholarship’,” he concluded.
“That’s a double lie, because he did not admit to anything other than he could have been clearer with the narrative.”
Politico didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.