RNC chief: Media has ‘crazy obsession’ with Carson’s past
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE said Monday that the media is unfairly fixating on GOP presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump officials say aid to Puerto Rico was knowingly stalled after Hurricane Maria Yes, President Trump, we do have a homelessness crisis and you're making it harder for us to address New HUD rule would eliminate housing stability for thousands of students MORE.

“I would imagine some questions are appropriate, but I do believe that this is a totally crazy obsession over incredible details from 30 or 40 years ago,” he told host Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show.


“I think people need to move on to the next question,” Priebus said. "People asked the question and he answered.

“I’m not saying questions aren’t appropriate,” the RNC chief added. "I think you get to a place where all the questions have been asked.”

Priebus argued that reporters are hounding Carson in ways they would never interrogate Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision MORE.

“The fact is that we kind of wish the media would be just as obsessed with or half-obsessed with Hillary Clinton’s lies of many years,” he said.

“In regard to Hillary Clinton, the media sort of covers it, but they cover it with a wink and a nod and laugh,” Priebus said. "That’s the tone of coverage for Hillary Clinton. It’s a tone of, ‘This is silly, let’s move on.’”

Priebus charged that that approach stands in stark contrast with the bias journalists regularly show toward the GOP’s 2016 presidential field.

“The difference is that the media does have an actual vendetta or at least an agenda in regards to some of these candidates,” he said.

Carson is currently weathering media investigations into his past.

Reports emerged late last week that he may have embellished both the violence in his youth and an offer of a full scholarship from the Military Academy at West Point.

The retired neurosurgeon is now defending himself by challenging the media’s fairness toward his 2016 presidential campaign.

“We The People have made 10,000 donations each day this week, raising $3.5M this week alone,” Carson tweeted last Saturday. "Thank you biased media.”

Carson’s autobiography has helped to inspire his surging popularity in the race for next year’s Republican presidential nomination. He has repeatedly touted his rags-to-riches rise from poverty to success as one of the leading neurosurgeons in the U.S.