Wednesday, February 03, 2016

GOPe FAUX CONTROVERSY #705: CNN and Rubio Campaign spread rumors that Carson was dropping out

Renee Nal, writing at Trevor Loudon's site, offers a comprehensive timeline of the rumors that spread like wildfire during the Iowa Caucus votes that Ben Carson had dropped out.

The always erudite and reasoned intellect known as Donald J. Trump, who recently likened Carson to a child molester, immediately called Cruz a cheater and demanded that Iowa re-convene their cauci.

But the facts, as Nal documents, are very different than the reality distortion field that often surrounds Mr. Trump.

Evidently, a damaging “rumor” that Dr. Ben Carson was suspending his campaign started during a Monday broadcast on CNN at around 7:43 pm est, while the Iowa caucus was in full swing. The “rumor” led to Cruz campaign staffers informing their precinct captains that they should urge caucus-goers to vote for Ted Cruz.

The Cruz camp, along with many other media sources had the same impression...

...According to Carson’s communication director, Larry Ross, the statement cited “false media reports,” not overly ambitious Cruz campaign workers...

...Assuming that Carson was indeed suspending his campaign, Rep. Steve King clearly meant no malice when he tweeted:

...On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Steve King tweeted...

...The following tweet pointed out by Rep. Steve King illustrates that CNN was giving a very real impression to viewers that Carson was on shaky grounds...

and there was also this:

Interestingly, as Politistick captured before the evidence was sinkholed, Marco Rubio's campaign was directly involved in spreading the rumor about Carson:

What has not been said much throughout the day is that Florida Senator Marco Rubio's campaign worked actively to spread the message that Carson was leaving the presidential race. These actions were reported on Twitter by Conrad Close who, according to his Twitter profile, is the managing editor of Outset Magazine... Another interesting little tidbit about Close, that he shouts from the rooftops with his Twitter profile picture, is that he is Team Rubio with the statement below his picture, “I’m voting for Marco Rubio.”

...I went to Close’s Twitter feed, did a search for Marco Rubio, found the tweet, took a screen shot and sent it to a friend. That was at 7:29 pm Mountain time, just after Rubio slammed Cruz with the claim that you would never find him spreading lies about other candidates to get votes.

At 7:30 pm Mountain time, my friend clicked on the link to the tweet — and the tweet was gone...

...Why is one candidate, Cruz, being vehemently attacked from numerous angles and another, Rubio, left untouched? Why is Cruz being held personally responsible for the actions of one person on his campaign, but there Rubio is not?

I don’t know about you, but I smell a cover-up to protect FOX News’ and new GOP establishment golden boy, Marco Rubio.


Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.


  1. Hannity just asked Rubio about that and he denied his campaign did anything....

  2. Rubio sure is a smooth talker...

  3. And now Hannity is telling Rubio how wonderful he is, and how so many bad people are trying to destroy his campaign - gag me with a spoon!

  4. Anonymous6:28 AM

    Rubio is such a liar. Sean and him on Hannity, shoot me already. We can't be listening to the media anymore, they're trying to push down the greatest candidate who has a chance at winning since Reagan himself, that man being Ted Cruz. What a disgrace the establishment is and their golden boy Mr. Rubino.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for covering this. So many people are running off at the mouth and seems like very few are interested in the truth.

  6. Then how do you explain this...

  7. Ted Cruz...JUST LIKE OBAMA

  8. Anonymous12:24 PM

    First: do it.

    Second: deny it.

    Third: blame someone else.

    Fourth: hold a holy roller tent revival stunt to reclaim
    appearance of “moral high ground”

    Fifth: take responsibility for and
    apologize for the “misunderstanding”

    Sixth: deny it again.

    Seventh: blame the media.

    CRUZ and his defenders SURE ACT LIKE DEMOCRATS.

  9. Anonymous2:41 PM

    Rubio and his psycho-pants (FOX, the GOPe) SURE ACT LIKE RINOs.


  10. Anonymous2:45 PM

    To GhostRider: Sundance has been pushing the Trumpertantrum on his readers for months. I take with a grain of salt anything that is posted about TED CRUZ at the Conservative Treehouse. CRUZ is NOTHING like Obama. Thank God. Trump, on the other hand . . .


  11. Anonymous3:41 PM

    TO "anonymous of 2:41pm"

    Eighth: Double-Team with Rubio to get Carson's caucus folks, thereby taking Trump down a notch. ACT LIKE YOU'RE GETTING THE VAPORS when people call them out on it.

  12. Anonymous6:39 PM

    To 3:41PM - Is that you Sundance? LOL, LOL.

    Conservative Treehouse is known by many as the "Nuthouse". A well deserved label if I've ever seen one.