Ben Carson: Reporters unfairly dig ‘dirt’ on me because they are ‘only business protected by our Constitution’
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lashed out at some members of the media over the weekend, saying that they had misused their power as the “only business protected by our Constitution” to dig up dirt on him.
During an interview with WMUR over the weekend, Carson accused some reporters of purposefully lying about his past.
“What I have a problem with is intentional distortion and lies,” he explained, pointing out that Politico was forced to clarify a report about whether or not he was offered a “full scholarship” to West Point.
And the candidate suggested that CNN had been wrong to attempt to vet claims that he was violent as a child.
“But you know, the damage is done. All you have to do is put that stuff out there and it affects some people,” Carson opined. “Obviously, they are looking for some dirt. And I understand they are very frustrated because they can’t find any.”
Carson recalled that he had recently “used an analogy” by explaining that families would be concerned about radicalized Syrian refugees in their community in a way that reminded him of rabid dogs being on the loose.
“You wouldn’t want to put your child our in the yard if there was a rabid dog — even though you love dogs,” he told WMUR. “You would want that dog removed by the humane society. And then, dog, children, everything peaceful.”
“And of course, another news media with another objective says, ‘All Syrians are like rabid dogs!’ I mean, this is what they do.”
Carson said he hoped to “reach a point where we have mature media.”
“This is the reason that the media is the only business protected by our Constitution because they’re supposed to be objective and on the side of the people,” the former neurosurgeon lamented.
The United States Constitution applies equally to all American citizens regardless of their employment status.
Watch the video below from WMUR.