MSM obsession with badgering Carson on his Islam comments is backfiring

Two Sunday-morning talk show hosts attempted to grill Ben Carson on his comments about Islamic doctrine’s incompatibility with the Constitution.  They just can’t help themselves, and they are so out of touch with the American people that their efforts are helping Carson rise in the polls.

Joining Jake Tapper in the club yesterday was Martha Raddatz of ABC, who also interviewed Carson.

Raddatz was confrontational, snarky, disrespectful, and patronizing.  She was in attack mode right out of the gate, as if she were cross-examining Carson: “I want to go back to your controversial comments on the possibility of a Muslim president. The question seemed quite clear…”  After reading an excerpt of Carson’s recent comments, she asked him if he stands by his statement (a statement the media has deemed “controversial”).

BC: Well first of all, you know, what I said is on a transcript and is there for anybody to see –

MR: I’m reading the transcript, Dr. Carson. That’s exactly what you said.

BC: Read the paragraph before that where I said anybody – it doesn’t matter what their religious background – if they accept American values and principles and are willing to subjugate their religious beliefs to our Constitution I have no problem with them. Why do you guys always leave that part out, I wonder?

MR: I don’t think we do, Dr. Carson. And it really was quite clear “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” You’d also talked about sharia law – that they must denounce sharia law. Do you assume all Muslims embrace sharia law?

BC: Well, listen, what we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from. They come from sharia. They come from the Quran. They come from, you know, the life examples of Mohammed. They come from the fatwahs, which is the writings of the scholars…What I would like for somebody to show me is an approved Islamic text that opposes sharia. Let me see, if you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this. But right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions, and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why, in fact, would you take that chance? That’s one of the reasons –

At that point, Raddatz interrupted Carson.

Kudos for Carson holding his ground in the face of these media attacks, though I am beginning to wonder if it’s now working against him to continually answer these questions as the media puts him on the defensive.  But as long as he does continue to answer these questions, I wish his non-verbal communication were a bit more strident.  He needs to break from the soft-spoken delivery and allow a tone and demeanor worthy of his words to emerge.  It would also help if his brow weren’t so furrowed and if his eyes didn’t appear so tired, as it communicates weakness rather than strength.  Perhaps, in addition to his personality being what it is, he’s a bit stunned as he enters the ruthless political arena that is far removed from the hospital halls where he once saved lives.

But for all of that, Carson is bringing a critical issue to the fore, and he’s not backing down.  Perhaps, in his own way, he will still save lives.  We can only hope.  Whether or not he is your first choice for president (and he is not mine), his voice on the matter of Islam and the future of America deserves our whole-hearted support.

Hat tip: The Right Scoop

Two Sunday-morning talk show hosts attempted to grill Ben Carson on his comments about Islamic doctrine’s incompatibility with the Constitution.  They just can’t help themselves, and they are so out of touch with the American people that their efforts are helping Carson rise in the polls.

Joining Jake Tapper in the club yesterday was Martha Raddatz of ABC, who also interviewed Carson.

Raddatz was confrontational, snarky, disrespectful, and patronizing.  She was in attack mode right out of the gate, as if she were cross-examining Carson: “I want to go back to your controversial comments on the possibility of a Muslim president. The question seemed quite clear…”  After reading an excerpt of Carson’s recent comments, she asked him if he stands by his statement (a statement the media has deemed “controversial”).

BC: Well first of all, you know, what I said is on a transcript and is there for anybody to see –

MR: I’m reading the transcript, Dr. Carson. That’s exactly what you said.

BC: Read the paragraph before that where I said anybody – it doesn’t matter what their religious background – if they accept American values and principles and are willing to subjugate their religious beliefs to our Constitution I have no problem with them. Why do you guys always leave that part out, I wonder?

MR: I don’t think we do, Dr. Carson. And it really was quite clear “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” You’d also talked about sharia law – that they must denounce sharia law. Do you assume all Muslims embrace sharia law?

BC: Well, listen, what we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from. They come from sharia. They come from the Quran. They come from, you know, the life examples of Mohammed. They come from the fatwahs, which is the writings of the scholars…What I would like for somebody to show me is an approved Islamic text that opposes sharia. Let me see, if you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this. But right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions, and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why, in fact, would you take that chance? That’s one of the reasons –

At that point, Raddatz interrupted Carson.

Kudos for Carson holding his ground in the face of these media attacks, though I am beginning to wonder if it’s now working against him to continually answer these questions as the media puts him on the defensive.  But as long as he does continue to answer these questions, I wish his non-verbal communication were a bit more strident.  He needs to break from the soft-spoken delivery and allow a tone and demeanor worthy of his words to emerge.  It would also help if his brow weren’t so furrowed and if his eyes didn’t appear so tired, as it communicates weakness rather than strength.  Perhaps, in addition to his personality being what it is, he’s a bit stunned as he enters the ruthless political arena that is far removed from the hospital halls where he once saved lives.

But for all of that, Carson is bringing a critical issue to the fore, and he’s not backing down.  Perhaps, in his own way, he will still save lives.  We can only hope.  Whether or not he is your first choice for president (and he is not mine), his voice on the matter of Islam and the future of America deserves our whole-hearted support.

Hat tip: The Right Scoop