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Dodging Submarines With Ben Carson And Breitbart

Breitbart investigates to try and clear Ben Carson's name in the Mannatech controversy.
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Ben Carson is an accomplished doctor, but let's face it, the man sees windmills and submarines everywhere.

Ben Carson dismissed a recent National Review piece calling him out on "bald-faced lies" about his relationship with supplement company Mannatech, chalking it up to a "submarine" sent by another Republican campaign on the debate stage."Well they're concerned about me. That obviously comes from somebody else on that debate stage. That's a submarine that's sent by them," Carson said in an interview Tuesday with Stephen Bannon on Sirius XM's "Breitbart News Daily." "They're very concerned about me and they're using the National Review as their political tool. That's pretty obvious."

Breitbart is doing its best to clear Ben Carson's name of any wrongdoings when he said he never had a relationship with Mannatech, a company that was sued for millions of dollars for false advertising. Many of the attacks are leveled at the NRO's Jim Geraghty, who wrote a scathing piece about Carson's ties to the company months ago.

It doesn't matter that conman Armstrong Williams, Carson's business manager dropped a bombshell when he admitted to negotiating a contract for Dr. Carson because now he's changing his story to Breitbart.

"What is good about this is that I actually negotiated the contract as his business manager."

I'd say that says it all, but apparently now, he's not saying that.

There was no contract between Carson and Mannatech for anything, let alone this 2014 PBS program. The program was, however, sponsored by the Platinum Group, a distributor of Mannatech products.

The contract which Armstrong referred to was not a signed document, but a verbal agreement between the producer of the program, Richard Taylor, and Dr. Carson. The details of this verbal agreement were, as Williams states, negotiated by him with Taylor on Carson’s behalf.

“There was no contract between me as the producer of the PBS special presentation and Dr. Carson, the host of the program. There was, however, a gentleman’s agreement. Both committed and agreed to do it, and we kept our word,” Richard Taylor, producer of The Missing Link: The Science of Brain Health program tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview.


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Breitbart can investigate and try to make the connections between Mannatech and Ben Carson as tenuous as possible, but as I said earlier:

A) He got paid to speak about the product.
B) He takes the product.
C) He loves the product
D) He's featured on their website.

He's a world renowned figure in the medical profession and the company he promoted lied about what their supplements can do and he still loves them?

Good luck with that.

Digby writes:

Carson has endorsed this product. It is quite obvious. And the fact that he's lying about it is pretty bad. But what's worse is that he's been selling his reputation as a world renowned neurosurgeon to convince people to take a supplement to cure diseases it cannot possibly cure.

Now whether Carson knows that it cannot cure these diseases is unknown. I might have assumed in the past that it was ridiculous to assume he didn't know that but after watching him for a while it's fairly clear that he is an extremely gullible person. He may actually believe this junk cures cancer and Alzheimer's. He has said he believes it cured his prostate cancer and the the only reason he got the surgery was because he doesn't think most people would be as religious as he is about taking the supplements.

He might just be a mendacious con man. He does employ one, after all (Armstrong Williams.) But you can't fake being a pediatric neurosurgeon so it's not as if his whole persona is lie. I really think he's just pathologically gullible and believes everything he reads and sees. And he's taking on more and more right wing paranoia the more he gets involved in politics. It's really creepy.

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