Fact checkers confirm Ben Carson hasn’t made one true statement since his campaign began

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:




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441 Comments

  1. Hogan on November 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Liberals can’t handle it when a black person gets off the liberal plantation.

    • TONY on November 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      This is funny cause its true!

  2. Julie ferretti on November 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    It is sad that you chose to use your talents writing this garbage. With not a single fact and flashly wording you have successfully skewed some poor ignorant person’s view of reality.

  3. Bruce Allen on November 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t mind black people getting off the liberal platform, whatever that is. I don’t mind white people getting off the liberal platform (sic). What I mind is people who call themselves conservatives calling liberals idiots and scumbags. What I mind is liberals calling conservatives fanatics and racists. It’s the same thing with Muslims. A few genuinely sick people give the entire group a bad name. But most people are actually pretty rational. There is no such thing as a pure liberal or a pure conservative. I consider myself generally liberal, but share conservative beliefs in smaller government, devolution of powers to the state level and, to a greater or lesser extent, the right to life and the right to bear arms. But none of these are ABSOLUTE positions. There must be some kind of consideration given to the possibility that the right to life must take account of perverse situations. What right do we have to tell a woman who has been raped that she must give birth to the child of her attacker – and a child who will share half its genetic material with a seriously sick person? Do we not have the right to a reasoned discussion concerning who has the right to bear arms? When – if – a mass murderer gets out of jail, does he/she have the right to bear arms? If not, then that is the start of a discussion on the limits of the right. It is a discussion we should have, rather than just slinging invective at each other. DISCUSSION. Get it?!?

    • Henry Byler on November 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      I am fairly conservative, but I agree with your post. When you have a country with millions of people, there needs to be a middle road somewhere that we can all agree on, at least enough agreement to reach sensible conclusions.
      Sad that we are all so polarized in our beliefs that no middle ground can be found.

  4. Larry Blake on November 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Better be careful about your “scam” accusation against Mannatech unless you have *facts* to back you up.

  5. Rodney king on November 25, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Please, please! Can’t we all just get along? For United we stand, divided we fall and if our backs should ever be against the wall we’ll be together together. Yes by golly together.

  6. Tyler on December 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Or the libs at politifact don’t fact check anything he says that’s true because it makes him look truly horrible when you throw up an infographic that has him as 95% false.

  7. John s on December 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    “Two of his statements earned the rare Pants on Fire rating”
    Really pants on fire rating? How do expect anyone to take this seriously? I’d like to see what they had to say about Hillary

  8. Edna Boddy on December 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

    That is a load of elephant dung

  9. Edna Boddy on December 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

    A load of elephant dung. Go talk about Hillary, lots of lies there

  10. John Salter on December 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Instead of just going into an anti-lib rant why don’t you look at the file — only 28% true, 27% mostly false or false, and two pants on fire lies. Stop dealing in impressions, start dealing in facts. http://www.politifact.com/personalities/hillary-clinton/

    • John Walter on December 20, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Conservatives are not swayed by facts. You must have just fallen off the turnip truck yesterday.

      • Ruth on December 22, 2015 at 4:45 am

        Truth is so fluid with rightwing/teabaggers!

  11. Don B on January 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Been telling the Mannatech story since he became a candidate but the media ignored my emails and texts

    • Inga on February 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

      You people make me sick . I have taken Mannatech products for 12 years and love them. You people are so sinicle and why our country is in such a mess. Trouble makers all.

      • Beware on September 24, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Mannatech was told to shut down its false claims of curing everything by the Texas AG. The company which Ben Carson was given $$$$ to promote. I was at meetings where he spoke glowingly of the product and the company, mostly glowingly about himself. It was obvious they had hired him as a spokesperson because he had this interesting, yet mostly made-up back-story of a miraculous turn-around, according to his book, which he was allowed to sell to the hundreds of gullible Christians who become involved with multi-level products. I am a Christian and am insulted by his audacity of lies.

  12. Alex on January 6, 2016 at 10:27 am

    The article points out Carsons untrue statements while saying he is leading the republican primary. Um, not true.

  13. joyce on March 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    You’re beating a dead horse – he dropped out of the race. Give it up and go pick on some liberal.

  14. Lars skipole on March 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Wonder why there were no links to Politifact to support these statements?

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