Carson makes ‘exclusive’ jab at media

November 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is having a bit of fun at the media’s expense.

On Tuesday evening, just hours ahead of the fourth Republican debate, Carson posted a series of mock headlines to his 4.6 million Facebook ‘likers,’ mocking the ‘gotcha’ nature of some media pitches.

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In Carson’s autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” the former neurosurgeon recounts a childhood filled with violence, including an incident wherein a young Carson attempted to stab a friend—later identified as a close relative—in the abdomen.

He also outlines an offer made for a full scholarship to the prestigious military academy, West Point– which he said he turned down– and a later moment during his early years as a student at Yale where he wrote he was the only student to pass a psychology test of morals, and was awarded $10 and his photo in the school paper.

On Friday, Politico questioned Carson’s West Point story, running the headline “Ben Carson admits to fabricating West Point scholarship,” which Carson’s camp has denounced as “an outright lie,” saying that the offer was made informally, not following an official application process.

The headline was later updated to read “Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied,” though Politico has defended the original story.

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Media reports have also called into question whether Carson was truly the aggressively violent youth he has often described, pointing to Carson’s reluctance to provide the name of the person he attempted to stab. Difficulty to produce evidence of Carson having been photographed in the incident he described at Yale has also added some fog to the verifiability of his account.

Through it all, Carson has maintained that the broader stories, if not all the details, are true, and flashed a rare side of anger at the media, which he accused of targeting him in a “witch hunt.”

During Tuesday night’s debate, Carson will likely use some of his stage time to further goad the media—a crowd favorite among Republicans—as he takes center stage as the poll-leader of the Republican pack.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gives a speech at a ‘Building the New Puerto Rico’ event in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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