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Ben Carson: Media Wouldn't Scrutinize Me As Much If I Were A "White Conservative"

"Many people in the media have predetermined that if you're black and you're a conservative that you're bad. That's just their narrative."

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says the media has been more critical of his candidacy because he's a black conservative.

"Many people in the media have predetermined that if you're black and you're a conservative, that you're bad. That's just their narrative," Carson said on SiriusXM's Urban View on Wednesday when asked by host Armstrong Williams, who is also his adviser and business manager, about how the media views him.

Asked if his race has affected how he is portrayed in the media, Carson said, "I think it does have some role, absolutely. If I were a white conservative they wouldn't be concerned."

Carson, once briefly the Republican frontrunner, has in recent months seen his support diminish in both national and state polls.

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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