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Ben Carson is now angry at CNN — for their allegations that maybe he wasn’t really angry.

The network has been digging into Carson’s memoirs of violent episodes in his youth, but has had a difficult time actually finding people to corroborate his story of sin and redemption. During a call-in on Friday morning, he really let them have it.

“This is a bunch of lies — that’s what it is, it’s a bunch of lies,” Carson declared. “Attempting to say I’m lying about my history — I think it’s pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted with all this stuff, so you don’t talk about the things that are important.”

Just think: We’re now at point where a presidential candidate has to defend his honor by insisting he really did try to stab his friend and to bludgeon his mother — and oh, he’s the saner alternative to Donald Trump.

Next up for Carson: That whole lie about turning down an acceptance into West Point. Oops.

Video via CNN.

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Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)