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CNN journo demands a ‘fact-check’ when Ben Carson shares personal stories of intolerance, racism

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CNN reporter Maeve Reston suggested Dr. Ben Carson was lying when he said his home was vandalized by leftist anti-Trump thugs. (Image: screengrab)

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Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said his Virginia home was recently vandalized with anti-Trump rhetoric. Predictably, anti-Trump CNN reporter Maeve Reston responded by demanding a fact check.

“More recently, our home in Virginia, along with that of a neighbor, was vandalized by people who wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” Dr. Carson recounted on Facebook. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned.”

The retired brain surgeon recounted the incident while calling for an end to racism following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and alt-left antifa.

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“Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools,” said Carson, who suggested violence (and vandalism) is never the answer.

In his post, Carson also recalled how one neighbor reacted with racist intolerance when he first moved into his farmhouse in Maryland  years ago. Carson said he and the neighbor have since become friendly, presumably because they learned to respect one another over time.

Carson’s story relayed a message of tolerance and hope through his personal experiences. As a black neurosurgeon and a black conservative, Carson has no doubt experienced racism and intolerance from all sides, especially liberals who consider him a traitor.

But the reaction of CNN reporter Maeve Reston took the cake. Her knee-jerk hostility to Dr. Carson fueled outrage from many Twitter users. Some pointed out that CNN routinely reports unsubstantiated anti-Trump rumors from “anonymous sources,” but apply a draconian standard to Carson simply because he’s a conservative.

If Ben Carson were a liberal whose home had been vandalized by Trump supporters, there’s little doubt CNN would be bleating the story around the clock. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Maeve.


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