With no proof — but, then again, this is the 2016 election cycle, and what proof is needed? — former GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson suggested that CNN anchor John Berman had a criminal record today, in defense of Donald Trump campaign manger Corey Lewandowski over his incident with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
“Well, I mean, a lot of people have been charged with various things,” Carson responded to the question of whether or not Lewandoski should stay atop the Trump campaign. “That doesn’t necessarily mean we need to demonize them. You’ve probably been charged with something too, maybe with a misdemeanor or something. It doesn’t mean you’re an evil, horrible person.”
His At This Hour co-anchor, Kate Bolduan, quickly turned and looked at Berman.
“I actually haven’t, as far as I know,” Berman replied lightly, but Carson ignored him and continued talking over him.
The Ben Carson/CNN/Ted Cruz fiasco continued last night during the ABC Republican debate.
Cruz apologized to Carson, and then again blamed CNN: “CNN reported that Ben was not going from Iowa to New Hampshire or South Carolina, rather, he was, quote, ‘taking a break from campaigning.’ They reported that on television television. CNN’s political anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash and Wolf Blitzer said it was highly unusual and highly significant. My political team saw cnn’s report breaking news and they forwarded that news to our volunteers, it was being covered on live television. Now, at the time, I was at the caucuses, I was getting ready to speak at the caucuses just like Ben was, just like everyone else was. I knew nothing about this. A couple hours later, I was told that Ben was unhappy. I called him that evening because I respect him very, very highly. I didn’t reach him that evening. I reached him the next day and apologized. He asked me then, he said, ‘Ted, would you make this apology in public.’ I said, ‘yes, I will.’ And I did so. I regret that. Subsequently, CNN reported on that, they didn’t correct that story until 9:15 that night.”
In response, CNN fired back at the allegations, “What Senator Cruz said tonight in the debate is categorically false. CNN never corrected its reporting because CNN never had anything to correct. The Cruz campaign’s actions the night of the Iowa caucuses had nothing to do with CNN’s reporting. The fact that Senator Cruz continues to knowingly mislead the voters about this is astonishing.”
File this one away under the ‘what’ category…
CNN weekend New Day anchor Victor Blackwell was apparently (somehow) mistaken for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson today at a Des Moines, Iowa, coffee shop.
Yeah, I don’t know how, either…
Awkward: Jake Tapper was offering his condolences to GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson at the conclusion of his interview on The Lead over the passing of his mother, Sonya Carson. However, as Tapper was quick to discover… Carson’s mother didn’t die. The family thought she was on her deathbed, but she “sprang back” and is still living.
Both Tapper and Carson laughed the awkwardness aside, and Tapper declared it the “best news” he had heard all day.