Dr. Carson’s Non-Lie About West Point – Audio of Dr. Carson’s Response

Dr. Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson

Update: Politico has edited their article. They changed the title to reflect the one point they got correct – Dr. Carson said he was offered a scholarship but he was told he’d get the nomination and the school was free. Politico removed their lie that he said he ‘applied’ to West Point and they removed language that he fabricated. They made no notation that the story was edited and when CNN asked them for comment as to why they didn’t write that it was edited, they declined to answer.


It’s getting harder and harder to trust the media. Politico called out Dr. Carson Friday as a liar but at worst he made a mistake or slightly exaggerated.

It is not news to NOT have evidence proving a candidate is a liar. Ben Carson, whether you like him or not as a candidate, is trusted or at least has been – according to the polls – by 60% of the population. He is riding the top of the Republican Primary polls with Donald Trump and is seen as a threat to Democrats.

The media has been looking into his past, trying to convince people he is a liar by saying his stories of his youth can’t be verified.

On Friday Carson called their claims – that his story isn’t true – a “bunch of lies.”

Politico wrote today that he was never given a full scholarship to West Point although it’s a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands.” They also said he claimed to have ‘applied’ to West Point but he never said that.

POLITICO.claimed that in his book, he said as a then 17-year old ROTC star, he was invited by General Westmoreland to apply for a full-scholarship to West Point.

“I felt so proud, my chest bursting with ribbons and braids of every kind. To make it more wonderful, we had important visitors that day. Two soldiers who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam were present,” he wrote. “More exciting to me, General William Westmoreland (very prominent in the Viet Nam war) attended with an impressive entourage. Afterward, Sgt. Hunt” – his high school ROTC director – “introduced me to General Westmoreland, and I had dinner with him and the Congressional Medal winners. Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point.”

The media found no recorded history of this taking place.

As it turns out, there are no scholarships to the Academy. It’s free for all. As a black at that time with his grades and his record of accomplishment in the ROTC, he would have been an easy choice. He was at a dinner with Westmoreland in February but made a mistake and mentioned the Memorial parade later that year.

It was an easy mistake to make and he probably thought he was getting a scholarship when Westmoreland told him he’d go for free.

He was only 17 and remembered that incorrectly. Two West Point graduates were interviewed by Rush Limbaugh on his show today and confirmed that Carson most likely misunderstood.

Carson never applied to West Point, that’s true and Carson NEVER said he did. Politico lied about that.

The truth, according to his campaign, is:

“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett wrote in an email to POLITICO. “In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.”

“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors,” Bennett went on. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”

The Politico story was carefully worded to destroy Dr. Carson’s credibility.

If only the media would vet Hillary Clinton with the same enthusiasm.

Dr. Carson was on the Hannity radio show this afternoon and this is his response.



  1. Politico has ‘stealth edited’ their headline to back off the fabrication claim, but it’s problematic.

    As we noted earlier, Carson said he received an offer from Gen. Westmoreland, which for most normal people would be seen as a ticket into the school if you so wanted. But because he wanted to go to medical school, he never applied and was never accepted. So he never applied to begin with, and he said that from the beginning. Politico leaves the headline out there as though it’s a refutation of his story, which it isn’t.

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