White House: Media not treating Carson unfairly


White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday rejected the idea that the press is looking into Ben Carson much more than it scrutinized the background of President Obama.

"I don't agree with that statement," Earnest said when asked by reporters. Carson and his supporters say they are being targeted by left-leaning reporters who are looking for flaws, but Earnest said that's just a normal part of seeking the White House.

"It's not easy to run for president; it shouldn't be," Earnest said. "And that people when they make public comments are going to have their claims scrutinized, even if they're claims about their own biography … that's part of the process."

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Carson last week argued that a story in Politico incorrectly said he admitted to "fabricating" that he tried to enroll at West Point, and many other media critics agreed that the story itself was much more of a fabrication. Politico eventually edited the story.

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