On Friday we featured the Stand Up and Cheer speech by Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.
The speech has received widespread coverage in the right-media, but I’ve notice the left-media, which normally will viciously attack black conservatives, is relatively silent. (I could only find one fourth-tier bottom feeder who criticized it, not worth a link.)
Did I miss something, or have the usuals mostly gone silent on Carson? If so, previously glowing profiles of him at places Daily Kos may be one of the reasons.
Instead, the most vigorous criticism of Carson has come from Bob Beckel (no surprise there) and Kirsten Powers (surprise there), as detailed at Twitchy.
This panel also explored whether it was inappropriate for Carson to make his comments, via Mediaite:
“Whoa,” said CNN anchor Candy Crowley after playing a portion of Carson’s speech in which he linked the biblical principle of proportional tithing to a flat taxation system.
“This was really interesting, number one for the venue, number two for the person doing this,” Crowley said.
Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said that this moment reminded her of an earlier National Prayer Breakfast she attended when Mother Teresa took a stand against abortion. She said that the room became uncomfortable after Mother Teresa came out against abortion, and the people she has spoken to say the atmosphere was similar after Carson delivered his speech last week.
“I think his other point, his main point, was that political correctness has just gone beyond bizarre,” Hutchison said. “I just thought it was a great message.”
Crowley turned to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and asked if she found “anything offensive” in Carson’s speech.
“I think that there is a political correctness that he was trying to use to appeal to a conservative audience,” Schakowsky said. “I think it’s really not really an appropriate place to make this kind of political speech and to invoke God as his support for that kind of view.”
I assume you will find some nastiness out there, but compared to what could have been expected, it seems relatively quiet.