Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson launched a scathing rebuttal against recent media scrutiny of his life story.
The retired neurosurgeon has criticized several news outlets that have questioned the authenticity of claims he made in his autobiography, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.”
"There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find ways to tarnish me because they've been looking through everything, they have been talking to everybody I've ever known, everybody I've ever seen," Carson claimed in a conference on Nov. 6, reports CNN.
Details of Carson’s life story have been questioned by CNN and he has been labeled an outright liar by Politico.
CNN released an article on Nov. 5 that included the accounts of people who had known Carson as a child, none of whom were able to recall the violent streak he claims to have gone through. Meanwhile, Politico published an article on Nov. 6 that accused the presidential candidate of lying about being offered a scholarship to prestigious military academy West Point. The publication has since updated the article to clarify that Carson has never claimed that a formal offer was ever made.
"This is a bunch of lies attempting to say I'm lying about my history,” Carson tells CNN. “I think it's pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted."
Several of Carson’s rivals for the GOP nomination have weighed in on the controversy.
Business mogul Donald Trump expressed concern for the media scrutiny as well as Carson’s claims he was a violent youth.
“When you write in a book that you have a pathological disease, pathological disease is not cured,” Trump told CBS. “Those are pretty tough charges and they were written by him himself … I just don't know what to think. I hope it works out fine for Ben.”
Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks Carson is being overly sensitive.
“I got to tell you, I don't have a lot of sympathy,” Christie told CNN. “He should answer the questions forthrightly and directly. If he does, the American people will accept it. If he doesn't, then he's got a problem."
Carson has made it clear that he will aggressively combat the mounting media scrutiny.
"A lot of people think that I'm soft because I'm quiet,” Carson says, according to CNN. “I think they're starting to find out that I'm not soft. And that I can be loud, particularly when the injustice is being done.”