Media Mashup: November 9, 2015

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Carson and Rubio: Media Mush

I have tried to stay away from the political campaigns until after the first of the year, but the latest attacks on GOP presidential candidates Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are media hit jobs.

I am a conservative Republican and probably will not vote for either Carson or Rubio in the Pennsylvania GOP primary.

But c’mon. Carson didn’t remember the dates when he met Gen. William Westmoreland! He did not apply to West Point; he said he did. He was the top ROTC candidate in Detroit. Just think about that accomplishment rather than the hit job, which the publication has refused to comment on. Think about all of the other accomplishments Carson has had during his life.

Politico changed its headline and softened the story, but the news organization provided little information on why it made a serious error.

More than a decade ago, Rubio used his GOP credit card for personal expenses. He paid for those, including the late charges.

Please be honest. Have you never used your company card for personal expenses and may NOT have paid the company back? Have you never had to pay penalties on a credit card or overdrawn your bank account? If you never faced a credit card or banking problem, you have arrived at financial sainthood. I have an 800-plus credit score, so I am close. But I cannot say I never missed a payment.

These attacks underline why citizens have virtually no confidence in the media. Shame on us!

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to



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