Rumor that Ben Carson dropping out result of mixed signals from media reports

Ben-CarsonOn Monday, a number of Ben Carson supporters were angry after rumors spread that the Cruz campaign sent emails claiming that Carson was dropping out of the race.

As it turns out, it was CNN who got the rumor mill going with this:

It quickly spread from there.

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Meanwhile, Cruz got blamed for the mix-up.  According to Time:

Carson’s team claimed that Cruz’s campaign deliberately sent emails to supporters to spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out, so his supporters would caucus for other candidates.

“That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson said speaking to reporters at the end of the evening. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”


Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, later tweeted:

As for those emails, the Right Scoop observed:

Carson’s team has yet to produce any emails, I gather, to prove their allegations. But I suppose it is possible, given that there were reports earlier today that suggested Carson might be dropping out

There was, however, a letter sent from the Cruz campaign which apparently was a result of the bad media reports:


“Taking time off” is not the same as “dropping out,” by the way. So it looks like the whole thing was the result of bad reporting.  The Right Scoop added:

Sounds like a bad story that ran amuck and people started making assumptions that the Carson campaign had to squash later. If I heard that Carson was quitting, I’d want his votes too. That said, it wasn’t reported as ‘dropping out’ from CNN and people should be more careful in the desperation to win, not to believe everything they hear.

I agree.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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