Ben Carson got caught in a rather strange lie during the third republican debate when he claimed that he had no relationship with a supplement-scam company called Mannatech, despite video evidence showing him shilling for the product and claiming it magically cured his own cancer, and a financial connection to the company going back a decade. Not surprisingly, non-partisan fact checking outfit PolitiFact has rated his statement as “False.” But a deeper look at Carson’s record reveals that the site has concluded he hasn’t made a true substantive statement since his campaign began.
Ben Carson’s sixteen most notable factual statements have been analyzed by PolitiFact. None of them have been rated as “True” or “Mostly True.” Instead the best he’s done is three statements which qualified as “Half True” while the others were all rated as “False” or “Mostly False.” Two of his statements earned the rare “Pants on Fire” rating to denote a lie which is not only false, but egregiously false. So what is this guy doing leading the republican primary?
The short answer appears to be that Ben Carson, despite having no qualifications for the job and seemingly suffering from mental illness, is skilled at telling the kind of lies conservative voters want to hear – and telling them in a convincing manner. His latest Mannatech lie is so potentially embarrassing that it could be his undoing. But up to this point, despite not having told the truth yet on anything, Carson is getting away with it so far. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution: