Politico made GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson the media’s target yesterday when it published a piece alleging that Carson admitted to fabricating a scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Politico eventually appended a lengthy editor’s note to its scoop, but not before sparking a feeding frenzy among journalists.

On Saturday, though, The Guardian had a shiny new object to distract from the West Point scandal — a photo gallery of the interior of Carson’s home. The Guardian’s heading suggested that Carson’s ego was larger than Donald Trump’s, and that the decor in his home was “an homage to himself – in pictures.” It’s no surprise that a portrait of Carson with Jesus was featured prominently in the paper’s coverage.

Tom McCarthy writes:

Numerous profiles of Trump in the last four months have noted his “me-wall”, his in-office shrine to himself. In Carson’s Maryland home, the “me-wall” was a “me-basement”, the walls covered with plaques. Upstairs, Carson’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, had pride of place near the front door. A painting of Carson in a surgeon’s coat hung over a mantle where a misspelled Bible verse was engraved. On another wall was a painting of Carson with Jesus Christ – his hand on Carson’s shoulder.

Carson believes in God. But he also believes in himself.

What sort of politician believes in himself? We’re reminded of Carson’s victory speech, at which he said his nomination was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. No, wait … that was someone else.

If only they were Oscars or Grammy Awards or something important, they’d have to mop the reporter’s drool off the floor.


That would explain why he still shares front-runner status with Donald Trump; the Black Jesus portrait hasn’t gone sufficiently viral yet.

One question: The first picture in The Guardian’s gallery is of “Ben Carson inside his home in Upperco, Maryland, in November 2014. All Photographs by Mark Makela.” So are the rest of these photos from a second visit to Carson’s home, or has The Guardian been sitting on all of these pictures for a full year?

In either case, we think this theory carries the most weight.

Or maybe it’s not Jesus at all.