On Monday, one of the president’s favorite people took the stage to say something incredibly weird.

“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”


These were remarks made by Ben Carson—yes, Ben Carson—during his first speech to the poor saps who have to do what he tells them to do at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Go ahead and read those comments again. Yes. You read that correctly. Ben Carson told his audience that slaves were “immigrants” who were apparently so dogged in their pursuit for a better life that they happily boarded slave ships and chained themselves by the thousands in the ship’s hold just for a chance for their kids’ kids’ kids’ kids to have a swell life in that terrific land of opportunity they so voluntarily set out for.

One might think that such statements would raise the eyebrows of the media, but you’d be wrong.

Business Insider demonstrated their inability to actuality when they headlined their story: Ben Carson appears to refer to slaves as ‘immigrants’ in opening address to staff.

The Washington Post seems to have not heard Ben Carson’s “Slaves were tenacious immigrants” comments at all. Here was their headline:
Carson emphasizes fairness in first remarks to HUD staff, warning there will be ‘no favorites for anybody, no extra’
Congratulations go out to Ben Carson, who managed to upstage his boss today for Dumbest Thing Said Today.
Meanwhile, in news that doesn’t matter…
Emma Watson upset a lot of aging Harry Potter fans by posing almost topless (note: almost—meaning that she was not, in fact, topless) for Vanity Fair; those fans seem to believe that not being ashamed of showing some of her breasts somehow makes a woman a traitor to feminism. I’ll let you figure out the rationale.