For questioning the authenticity of his autobiography
The saying, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” certainly befits Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson who has been showing leadership numbers in recent polls.
Dr. Ben has come under serious scrutiny by the press, and he is having a serious tantrum as he did not bargain for this type of medicine.
The scrutiny by the media is centered on stories he has told about his troubled childhood in his autobiography, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.
He is being questioned on claims he made such as:
- Admission to the prestigious U.S. military academy at West Point on full scholarship.
- Trying to stab a “close relative” in the stomach and was unsuccessful only because his knife was blocked by a large belt buckle.
- Forcefully restrained by his brother when he attacked his mother with a hammer during an argument over clothing.
- Punching a school classmate in the forehead, leaving the child bleeding profusely from a three-inch cut.
- Throwing a rock at a boy’s face, breaking his glasses, and lacerating his nose.
- Studying at Yale and his experience as the only student to pass a honesty experiment test.
After all, he has recounted the foregoing stories to buttress his credibility as one who has gained success from being a misguided youth to where he is today.
In addition, he has used the narrative not only to garner significant book sales, but also earned him devoted following among the evangelical community over the years and has been speculated as one of the reasons he has attracted strong support from voters in Iowa, a key battleground in the Republican nomination race.
In the meantime, however, the media is having great difficulty in finding evidence to support Dr. Ben’s story.
And when questioned about these claims, the goodly doctor has charged the media for wanting to tarnish him as well as being biased.
“This is a bunch of lies attempting to say I’m lying about my history,” Dr. Carson said. “I think it’s pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted,” he told CNN’s presenter Alisyn Camerota.
He said the names he cited in his book were changed to protect friends and family members and that the “close relative” he tried to stab had recently told him not to reveal his identity.
“The story is well-documented,” Dr. Carson said. “If you choose not to believe it, if it doesn’t fit the narrative that you want, that’s fine. Let the American people decide.”
In an ABC’s interview, Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump was asked about the controversy swirling around his rival, Ben Carson
“It’s a strange situation when you talk about hitting your mother on the head with the hammer,” Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s a weird deal going on and I hope it all works out because I don’t want to see Ben have problems over this stuff.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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