Carson vs. "Know-It-All" CNN: Ask Yourselves, Are You Being Manipulated For Somebody's Ideological Viewpoint?


For almost half an hour (including commercials), Dr. Ben Carson spars with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, asking about CNN's investigation methodology, even comparing it with how they vetted President Obama's book. Carson says their investigation into his childhood is absurd because he changed the names to protect innocent people from the media.

"This is a bunch of lies, that is what it is," Carson told CNN's "New Day" with Alisyn Camerota.

"This is a bunch of lies attempting to say that I'm lying about my history, I think it's pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted so you don't talk about what is important."

"I'm not proud that I had these rage episodes... But I am proud of the fact that I was able to get over them... My message has been that you can escape from that kind of anger."

"I will not victimize these people by exposing them to YOU."

"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 case, and you're just going to keep going back, 'He said this 12 years ago' -- it is just garbage," Carson said. "Give me a break."

"I would hope that at some point, the people in your profession," Carson says towards the end of part three, "You would do a greater service to our nation if you would be trying to find ways to solve some of these problems that I'm talking about."

"You didn't hear a word I said, you were just waiting for me to stop so you could make your point. But here is what I am saying: You people, you guys in the media, just stop for a minute and ask yourself, am I actually doing a good thing? Am I actually doing something to strengthen the fabric of America? Ask yourselves that, or am I being used, being manipulated for somebody's ideological viewpoint?

"And if you stop and ask yourselves that, and stop thinking that you are the know-it-alls, I think you will be a real service to the people."

Camerota objects, saying that it is her job to ask questions and she does it all the time.

"I can easily figure out which side you are always going to be on. How is that? Why would that be the case if you were objective?"

"I think the questions would be fine if they were asked to everybody. I want you to ask Hillary Clinton the same questions you ask me. Will you promise? Will you promise to do that?"

"Of course," said Camerota."

"You heard it, everybody heard it, we're waiting."

"I want you to go back and ask her some real questions about what happened at Benghazi... did her philosophy include not knowing anything about what was going on in all the foreign territories for which she was responsible?"

"Can you ask her when was the point when this nation decided it was too dangerous to rescue our people.""

"Ask her why help was not on the way? When did the philosophy change? Would you please ask her that, I don't believe it."

"I don't believe that she has answered the questions I have posed."

CAMEROTA: Yes, but you're running for president because you believe you can do it better than other people. So what is it about you that you think that even though there are ideologies that are different than yours, that you will be the best person?

CARSON: Interestingly enough, you say that's why I'm running for president. I'll tell you the reason I'm running for president. Because I have hundreds of thousands of petitions from my fellow Americans asking me to run for president. It wasn't something that I particularly wanted to do, to be honest with you. But once I make the commitment to do it, I will go full force ahead to try to do it. I believe that America is an incredible nation with incredible people in it. And if we're able to work together, you know, the things we'll be able to accomplish are amazing. We have to be able to identify what those things are.

We have to look at, for instance, you know, a lot of people in your business will sit there and say, Republicans just want to get rid of regulations so they can help out their buddies in business. No. The reason that regulations are so onerous is because every single federal regulation costs in terms of goods and services. Who gets hit by that? The cost is the same for everybody. But when you go into the store to buy a bar of soap, and the price has gone up 10 cents because of some new regulation that's been put in place, it hurts the poor. It hurts the middle class. It doesn't hurt the rich. When that middle class person comes up to the counter and they have a whole cart full of things, all of which cost 5 cents, 10 cents or 15 cents more, it affects their ability to live comfortably.

These are things that you guys ought to be talking about. You ought to make it clear to people what is really causing the problem. It's not the rich, as some of the people in your media would like to have people believe. If you look at the fiscal gap of over $200 trillion and you take all the assets of the top 1 percent and you apply it against that, it barely makes a dent in it. We need to be dealing with the real issues here in terms of the quality of life for Americans.

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