Howie Kurtz was writing for his student newspaper at the University of Buffalo when Watergate was still fresh in everyone’s mind. After attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he was hired a few years later by Bob Woodward himself at the Washington Post. Howie loves media. Howie is media. Howie covers the media, in all it’s muck-racking, self-righteous glory. So when Howard Kurtz asks how in the world did Ben Carson get to share the top spot with Trump in the latest Iowa poll, he has an answer, being a media guru-analyst. Ben has been flying under the radar. In other words, because Dr. Ben Carson is both a non-politician and a black GOP contender, he should really remain a cute little curiosity – something like Ambassador Alan Keyes. And Ambassador Keyes had political experience. Heck, Keyes is a former student of Chicago’s political philosophy great, the late Alan Bloom.

No such luck for Ben Carson, who is merely a retired surgeon. So what is Howie to do? Easy. Predict that from now on Ben Carson will no longer be able to fly under the radar. He will have to undergo the drones and surface-to-air and laser-guided munitions that will target him, fast and furious. And the public will of course change their perceptions of Ben Carson, because if Howie and the media say so, it must be true. Like the fetal tissue research tempest in a teapot which somehow was supposed to show that Ben is a hypocrite when it comes to his faith. Never mind that Carson explained very precisely how he nothing to do with such research live on Fox – where Howie happens to work.

Could it be possibly be that the media is not quite seen as heroic as when Howie was a journalism student and when Woodward and Bernstein were uncovering the Nixon campaign tactics scandal centered around Watergate? Could it be that the “voter anger” everyone acknowledges is a reflection of a decades-long irritation – to put it politely – with the media and their self-appointed role as kingmakers? And does the distribution of media munitions – whether laser-guided courtesy of The Daily Beast, or dirty bombs detonated by fussy politically correct Washington Post reporters, or any of the blogs across the web space – mean that no one is king-maker anymore? And does the authenticity that Ben Carson seems to display exist beyond the mainstream media pale? Could it be that people like what he says, and who he is? Every time he gets up and takes a microphone and speaks to voters?

Kurtz acknowledges this of course, but do so grudgingly and promises some mouth-watering attacks on Carson and any controversial statements he may make. Will that hurt the good doctor? Not so far.

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