Ben Carson is not enjoying the level of scrutiny he is receiving from the media—and he certainly doesn't remember Barack Obama receiving the same degree of "vetting" when he was running for president. He called the media "desperate" at a Friday conference, accusing reporters of talking to just about everybody he ever met in a quest to tarnish him. "There's got to be a scandal. There's got to be some nurse he's had an affair with. There's got to be something. They have gotten desperate," he said, per CNN. "Next week, it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants. It's ridiculous. But it's OK because I totally expect it," he said, adding that he remembers "quite the opposite" happening with Obama.
Carson took issue with a Friday Politico report that he had "fabricated" a claim to have been offered a "full scholarship" to West Point, calling the story a "bold-faced" lie. The Politico story was later updated to soften the accusation, which centered on what Carson's campaign says was an informal offer, the Washington Post reports. "The words 'a scholarship was offered' were a big deal, but the president of the United States’ academic records being sealed is not," Carson said. He also rejected a CNN story casting doubt on violent incidents he described in biography Gifted Hands, which the Post notes has created the odd situation of "a presidential candidate insisting, in the face of skepticism, that he really did have a history of violence." (Carson's unusual theory about Egypt's great pyramids also attracted a lot of attention this week.)