Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil (Psalms 56:5). A verse from scripture that may convey the feelings of presidential candidates toward media. The current target is Ben Carson.
To “wrest” means to twist, distort, or pervert. Some journalists and their sidekicks, unscrupulous researchers, have a fixation with examining and digging a pit for presidential candidates, especially Republican ones. It is a caught and gotcha game which, in my opinion, disregards the ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The evidence is stacking up that some in the media are operating under a false, vain, and foolish private agenda. A growing number of journalist, radio personalities, news hosts, shallow talk shows, and internet hacks are gasping for the limelight. They crave readers and viewers. They are often puffed up in their hearts and minds to become a media sensation.
They are relentless in their desire to portray Ben Carson as quirky and dishonest (for example his theory on the pyramids, which doesn’t seem to quirky from people who study scripture and other ancient records). They are subtle and operate with a lying spirit and an angle of deception to tear down the character and integrity of a decent man seeking public office for the right reasons. They take great satisfaction in crafty arguments and the twisting of words to increase political contention.
They condemn a decent, moral person like Carson (who isn’t without weaknesses), yet wink at the corruption from other candidates who walk in the same halls of darkness as they do. They are swift to stir up debate and mischief, especially against those of high standard
s of activity and talent like Carson. They are trying to disadvantage him by taking advantage of his words. Hence, the distorting, perverting, and twisting.
David French, in his article, Sorry, Media, You Won’t Destroy Ben Carson observed the itching nonsense of taking apart Carson’s West Point account: “Carson didn’t say that he applied, only that he’d been offered a “full scholarship.” How can he “fabricate” a claim he never made?” Good question. Carson was told by high ranking West Point officials that his resume was sufficient for a scholarship standing at the prestigious school.
French also points out the intent of liberal media: “There is a difference between an admirable man and a perfect man, and there is a difference between “vetting” and viciousness. The collective goal of the liberal media is now clear — to take one of America’s most admired and brilliant men and somehow transform him into a dishonest, stupid extremist. The vetting of Ben Carson has become vicious, and to what end? An admirable man has been exposed as imperfect.
Not all journalist and TV personalities/reporters are as I have described. But all of them should consider another verse from scripture: Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him (Proverbs 26:27).