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Ben Carson: WSJ Didn't Interview White Students I Defended

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By    |   Sunday, 08 Nov 2015 09:48 AM

Ben Carson, currently battling Donald Trump for the front-runner position in the Republican presidential race, brushed aside the continuing questions about his background on the Sunday morning shows.

NBC's "Meet the Press" aired an interview with Carson made Saturday night at New York's JFK airport about questions to his claims he shielded white students in high school during protests over the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Wall Street Journal couldn't find evidence of the claim, but Carson told NBC the same thing he said when classmates said they had no memory of him trying to stab a friend or having a violent temper in his early teen years: "Why would they know about that unless they were one of those students?"

Perhaps one of the students will come forward, Carson, said, adding that perhaps they don't know about the controversy yet.

"Maybe they're not spending all of their time reading The Wall Street Journal," he said.

Carson said he is being "vetted" more heavily than any other presidential candidate "because I'm a threat."

The secular progressive movement sees him as "a very big threat because they can look at the polling data and they can see that I'm the candidate who's most likely to beat Hillary Clinton."

Carson was interviewed by telephone on ABC's "This Week," where he answered questions about discussing attendance at West Point when Gen. William Westmoreland visited Detroit.

Carson pointed to the military academy's own website, which uses the word "scholarship," a reference to criticism that he said he was offered a scholarship in one of his books. West Point technically charges nothing to any attendees, but those benefits are not referred to as scholarships.

"So, even it is given as a grant for anybody who gets in, those words are used, and if a recruiter or somebody is trying to get you to come there, those are the words that they would use. It's on their very website. That's not a lie," he said.

Carson questioned the media scrutiny of his imperfect recollection of the past.

"Show me somebody, even from your business, the media, who was 100 percent accurate in everything that they say that happened 40, 50 years ago," Carson told host George Stephanopoulos. "Please show me that. I'll … learn something from them."

Carson said on "Face the Nation" his own staff has found proof of the incident at Yale University in which he was the only student to show up to retake a test his professor claimed was accidentally burned.

The Journal reported it could find no record in the Yale student newspaper that his photograph and name were published as the most honest student in the class because he had not pretended he had not seen the notice of the re-test.

"Why could we find it and they could not find it," he said. "Why do people put that out there to make the accusation, make somebody seem dishonest then when it's disproven, let's go to something else. Give me a break."


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Ben Carson, currently battling Donald Trump for the front-runner position in the Republican presidential race, brushed aside the continuing questions about his background on the Sunday morning shows. NBC's Meet the Press aired an interview with Carson made Saturday night...
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