Ben Carson had the best weekend ever, basically.
Several days after the POLITICO story about his scholarship from West Point crumbled in POLITICO’s hands, Buzzfeed was able to get their grubby mitts on a story substantiating Dr. Carson’s tale of stabbing another kid, thus ending CNN’s related reign of terror. And while the media quickly shifted its focus to more pressing matters, like wall-to-wall coverage of a handful of Christians finding fault with Starbucks’s holiday coffee cups, Republicans opened their pocketbooks and rewarded Dr. Carson for being the victim of a bizarre smear.
Ben Carson said Saturday he’s hauled in $3.5 million in campaign cash this week thanks to a “biased media.”
The retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate claimed 10,000 donations each day of the week in a tweet.
“We the People have made 10,000 donations each day this week, raising $3.5M this week alone. Thank you biased media,” he tweeted.
We won’t know until the FEC filing deadline if the numbers pan out, of if they’re just pledges, but Carson’s “media woes” seem to have become his biggest asset, both helping him rake in the cash and blotting out some of his bizarre opinions on history from the past week. The media, which appears to have set out to destroy Ben Carson, either on their own volition or at the bidding of another candidate (I’m willing to be the latter since, at least, the POLITICO story reeked of an opposition research project), may have singlehandedly saved his campaign.