Ben Carson Visits Baltimore

Julio Cortez/AP

Julio Cortez/AP


We ran the numbers: There are 339 news articles covering this topic. 15% (52) are left leaning, 41% (140) center, 43% (147) right leaning.

In the aftermath of a series of tweets by President Donald Trump criticizing the city of Baltimore and its representative, Elijah Cummings, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited the city this week. Carson lived and worked in Baltimore for decades, and was based at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his visit to Baltimore, Carson attempted to hold a press conference in the parking lot of a local church, but was asked by the administration to leave.

A left-leaning article in the New York Times emphasizes Carson’s comparing the city to a cancer patient whose symptoms can no longer be swept under the rug. The beginning of the article reads “The only black member of President Donald Trump's cabinet is comparing Baltimore to a cancer patient whose illness can have a devastating effect if ignored.”

A right-leaning Fox News article about Carson’s visit takes a more descriptive tone, recounting both the president’s and the housing secretary’s comments about the city as cancerous and “rodent-infested,” respectively. Both the New York Times article and the Fox article notes the high homicide rate in Baltimore; the city had over 300 homicides in 2018.

A centrist article from NPR focuses on Carson’s full-throated support of Trump, as well as recounting the two men’s comments about the city, which were condemned as racist, and Carson’s removal from the church parking lot.