Even if CNN has problems with actual journalism, they still surprised everyone today when Wolf Blitzer, during a multi-commercial interview with whackjob tea-party favorite and potential 2016 Republican campaign disaster/presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, called attention some of the more outlandish and asinine statements that Carson’s made.
The discussion started out on race relations, Ferguson, and on President Barack Obama, with Blitzer noting that Carson has suggested in the past that the President has made race relation worse, not better, in the United States. There was some truth to that, but it’s not President Obama’s fault so many racists are now comfortable expressing their bigotry.
Carson noted that “race relationships have gotten worse during his time” but added “I don’t believe it’s all on him” and “I do think there is a problem when you weigh in on situations like what happened with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, saying that the police acted badly. Why not let that system play itself out and let the system take care of that rather than weighing in and creating prejudice in an effort like that?”
Because the system is geared against a certain group of people?
Later in the interview, Blitzer finally called Carson on his asinine Nazi analogies, to his face, saying:
To make the comparison to Nazi Germany Dr. Carson, the slaughter of 6 million Jews by the Nazis, the devastation that erupted in Europe and around the world to the United States of America, I want you to reflect to what that potentially means.
It means that Carson had no idea what he was talking about, and was throwing around bad things because category errors are what conservatives do best:
Again, you are just focusing on the words ‘Nazi Germany’ and completely missing the point of what was being said. And that’s the problem right now. That’s what PC-ism is all about. ‘You may not say this word’ regardless of what your point is because if you say that word I go into a tizzy. We can do better than that
He dodged that question with all the graceful deftness of a drunken albatross.
That’s right. Getting upset over inane and stupid comparisons that water down the horror of the Holocaust is a “PC-ism.” If only liberals were better at listening, and didn’t waste their time getting hung up over little things, like conservatives who make a mockery of the Holocaust by comparing it to everything from healthcare to the fact they were out of toilet paper at work (you can only reuse the Constitution so many times).
For the record, Carson’s remark is what it looks like when the red herring throws his fins in the air and says, “This is bullshit. I can’d be expected to do this.”
Then, Blitzer called Carson out for his stupid Obamacare/Slavery comparison. Carson, of course, noted that he said the worst thing since slavery, but never compared the healthcare law to slavery directly:
Slavery was a horrible thing, and effected many people in horrible ways. Some of those effects still present today. So, no, it is not the same as slavery. However, what needs to be understood here, the people, we the people, were set up at the pinnacle of power. The government is supposed to conform to our will. By taking the most important thing you have —your health, and your healthcare— and turning that over to the government, you fundamentally shift the power, a huge chunk of it from the people to the government. This is not the direction that we want to go in this nation.
Translation: Slavery bad, so whaargarblarble.
At least he admitted slavery was bad rather than avoid the question with a red herring three years past the expiration date.
Blitzer asked Carson if he thought Obamacare was worse than the Great Depression at the beginning of the 20th century, or worse than 9/11. Carson noted that it as “non-productive” to get into it — which means he’s met his stupid quota today and isn’t interested in going over it — but that the point was “a major fundamental shift of power has occurred.” And that if we continue to allow government subsidized healthcare bought through the match-making service of Healthcare.gov, “the United States of America becomes something very different than what it was intended to be.”
Which is what, exactly?