WSJ report: Ben Carson story about being named 'most honest student' hard to verify

WSJ Questions Ben Carson's High School, College Anecdotes
WSJ Questions Ben Carson's High School, College Anecdotes


Another one of Ben Carson's personal anecdotes is under scrutiny. The Wall Street Journal reports two stories detailed in Carson's biography, "Gifted Hands," are tough to verify. In the biography Carson claims one of his professors at Yale told his classmates an exam had to be retaken because the originals were burned. Long story short, Carson's classmates walked out, Carson stayed, his teacher admitted it was all a hoax and rewarded Carson for his honesty.

The Wall Street Journal reports that story has been hard to pin down, and specific details, like the name of the course, are a bit shaky.

In another story Carson claims, in high school, he protected a group of white students from being attacked the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. At least one of Carson's classmates said it might've happened, but he didn't see it.

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The more Carson talks about these personal stories, the more they are scrutinized. But claims that Carson has fabricated parts of his comeuppance should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Politico published a damning report Friday about how Carson's camp admitted he had lied about his admission to The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Carson's representatives hit back at the report, saying the Republican presidential candidate never claimed to have been admitted and never applied. Politico later updated their story, walking back their initial claims.

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