Ben Carson on questions about his past: ‘Bunch of lies’

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Washington( CNN) Ben Carson slammed CNN’s reporting into his past as a “bunch of lies” in a combative interview on Friday while other media outlets focused on portions of his personal story.

“This is a bunch of lies, that is what it is, ” Carson said on CNN’s “New Day” when Alisyn Camerota requested information about the report by Scott Glover and Maeve Reston in which they spoke to people Carson grew up with. “This is a bunch of lies 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.”

On “New Day, ” Camerota pushed back on Carson’s argument that the reporters on the CNN story did not talk to people who knew him earlier than high school, but Carson rejected that and launched into an aggressive attack on the media. He also accused the media of not doing the same with Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

“The vetting that you all did with President Obama doesn’t even come close, doesn’t even come close to what you guys are trying to do in my occurrence, and you’re just going to keep going back, ‘He said this 12 years ago’ — it is just garbage, ” Carson told. “Give me a break.”

The two journalists repeatedly approached the Carson campaign during their reporting and again before publication of the tale. But the campaign staff declined to comment or to assist them in locating classmate or victims of violence who could provide insights about Carson’s past.

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