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Ben Carson: Media Sensationalism Caused By "Love Of Money...The Root Of All Evil"

"Well, of course they would rather engage in sensationalism, because that's how they make their money..."

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says that the "love of money is the root of all evil," adding that he believes the desire for money is behind the media's skew towards sensationalism.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon was talking about the media's coverage of tragic events when he said perhaps it would be best to help the media find alternative ways to make revenue.

"Well, of course they would rather engage in sensationalism, because that's how they make their money and the love of money is the root of all evil," said Carson.

"So we have to recognize that does exist within us. But that doesn't mean that we capitulate to it. It means we must offer another alternative and help them to maybe find some other streams of revenue that are not completely associated with the basest instincts of humanity."

Carson also discussed more broadly the events in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gunman killed nine people who had gathered Wednesday night for a prayer meeting in what appears to be a racially motivated attack.

"No, It's definitely not too late by any stretch of the imagination, but we have to start talking about, the leaders of our society have to start talking about," Carson said discussing America's culture. "They have to talk about in a responsible way. When something like what happens in Charleston happens our leaders need to be front and center talking about hatred and where it comes from and what we can begin to do, starting with very young children to help them to understand what true tolerance is and what it means to engage in rational discussion as opposed to getting off in our separate corners and hurling insults at each other."

Carson cited, the comments section of Internet posts, noting "after four or five posts invariably people start calling each other horrible names and just acting like imbeciles. This is what our society has degenerated into."

Here's the full interview:

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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