Last year a study from Pew Research revealed that 62 percent of Americans get their news from social media — with 59 perfect of Twitter users getting their news on Twitter. Those statistics suggest it may be important to look at who’s following who on social media — to get a sense of what informs their world view. Dr. Ben Carson, who has just been nominated by Donald Trump as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), makes this examination easy. (Trump nominates Carson despite Carson’s “many lies.”) With almost 2.5 million followers, Carson follows only 34 Twitter accounts — and that includes his wife, Candy Carson.
The news sources listed among Carson’s Twitter choices are Breitbart News, Fox News Politics, Meet the Press, Fox & Friends, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Armstrong Williams, Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren and Wolf Blitzer. Carson also follows Shapchat. Carson also follows law firms, conservative lobbyists and the American Legacy PAC. Dr. Carson does not follow HUD or any other US government department or branch.