Despite numerous run-ins with the media lately, Dr. Ben Carson hopes that the media are not going after him based on race.

In an interview that aired Sunday, Carson told Fox News' Howard Kurtz that "I hope" there isn't a racial aspect to the media's coverage of him — particularly recent stories in Politico and CNN that reported details of his life as a youth.

"A couple of conservative commentators have described what's been happening to you as a journalistic lynching," Kurtz told Carson. "Do you think there is a racial aspect to it?"

"I hope not," Carson responded. "I think they're just concerned about someone who may not be controllable by them, or someone that doesn't go along with the progressive agenda — and particularly, the secular progressive agenda."

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