The mainstream media can no longer get away with the lies and deceit it routinely publishes. A perfect example illustrating this involves the social news and entertainment media company BuzzFeed debunking false claims the Wall Street Journal made about Presidential candidate Ben Carson.
It all started on the campaign trail when Carson reminisced about a time when he was tricked into taking a fake psychology test during college, resulting in him being awarded $10 and told he was “the most honest student in the class.”
The WSJ reports:
“In his 1990 autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” Mr. Carson writes of a Yale psychology professor who told Mr. Carson, then a junior, and the other students in the class—identified by Mr. Carson as Perceptions 301—that their final exam papers had ‘inadvertently burned,’ requiring all 150 students to retake it. The new exam, Mr. Carson recalled in the book, was much tougher. All the students but Mr. Carson walked out.”
But WSJ said it was unable to locate evidence backing up Carson’s claims, saying the course name or class number he cited didn’t exist at the school during his enrollment there.
However, BuzzFeed humiliated the WSJ when it was able to confirm specific details of Carson’s story after a former staff member for the Yale Record who was behind the prank came forward.
“In an interview with BuzzFeed News on Monday, Curtis Bakal, an editorial assistant at the satirical Yale Record who says he helped write the fake test, said he was ‘99% certain the way Carson remembers it is correct.’
“When I read about the story in the Wall Street Journal, I immediately said, to my wife and friend, ‘That was the prank we played at the Record! And Ben Carson was in the class,’ said Bakal, who noted he wasn’t actually present during the taking of the fake test. ‘We did a mock parody of the Yale Daily News during the exam period in January 1970, and in this parody we had a box that said: ‘So-and-so section of the exam has been lost in a fire. Professor so-and-so is going to give a makeup exam.’”
Rightfully so, Carson says the WSJ owes him an apology, telling BuzzFeed over the phone that, “Their research teams are not very good.”