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Carson calls Politico story a 'hit job'

Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 01:30

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he finds it ''sick'' that the media can't do a better job of investigating, as he pushes back on reports questioning his veracity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday pushed back against media reports questioning his veracity, even as rival Donald Trump asserted Carson needed to explain a number of things he has said regarding recollections about West Point and his youth. Carson, a favorite of conservative activists, is neck-and-neck with Trump at the top of Republican primary polls a year before the November 2016 presidential election. But last week Carson faced media stories that he had misrepresented details surrounding a scholarship offer to the Army's prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, as well as other tales from his youth in inner-city Detroit and college life. Carson also said his campaign had been able to find an article from the Yale Daily News that would back up statements he made about a psychology class he took in college. He told CBS's "Face the Nation" that "it will be coming out within the next day or two, showing what happened with that psychology course." In his 1990 autobiography, "Gifted Hands," Carson, a 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon, wrote about the offers of a West Point scholarship and of later being labeled the most "honest student" in a psychology course at Yale. He said he was photographed by the Yale Daily News at the time, but the Wall Street Journal challenged this on Friday, saying no photo identifying Carson as a student ran in the student newspaper. The questions about his account of the West Point scholarship arose last week after a report by political news website Politico, which said Carson never applied to nor was he admitted to the taxpayer-funded academy. But some media critics have questioned the way Politico ran its initial story, which said Carson's campaign had admitted he "fabricated" a "full scholarship" from West Point. Carson then denied that his campaign's statement constituted such an admission, and Politico's story and headline were changed to reflect that. A check of the West Point website shows it uses the words "full scholarship" under "admissions information."

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Carson calls Politico story a 'hit job'

Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 01:30