October 31, 2015 1:00 pm -


Ben Carson explains inconsistencies in his story about being stabbed by saying time fogs his memory of it.

“The explanation is that that occurred over 50 years ago,” Carson said in response to a question from BuzzFeed News in a media availability after a rally here. “Have you ever played that party game where you whisper into the person’s ear and then they tell it, and by the time it gets all the way back around it’s a different story? That’s what we’re talking here.” Carson was referring to the game of “telephone.”


Over the years, Carson has told a story about nearly stabbing a classmate of his when he was a teenager, as an example of a moment when he lost control of his temper and a turning point in his life.

The Daily Beast compiled instances of times when the details in Carson’s story have shifted; sometimes, the knife is a different kind of knife, and in other instances, the almost-victim was described not as his friend “Bob” but just as “a boy” or “a classmate.” In some versions, the story has been detailed, and in others vague. The basic outline of the story of the attempted stabbing, which Carson says was averted by a belt buckle, has largely stayed constant.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.