Dr. Ben Carson said on "The O'Reilly Factor" that he's taking the media questioning his biography - including stories about his violent youth and an offer to attend West Point - as a compliment.

"If they weren't afraid, they wouldn't be doing that," Carson said, asserting that some in the media are trying to marginalize him as a person and destroy his credibility because they don't like his message.

He explained that reporters have looked into every place he's lived, worked or gone to school, trying to find "dirt."

"And they can't find any, and they're getting really frustrated. In a way, I kind of feel sorry for them," Carson said. "But at some point, they might actually come to the realization that I'm not their enemy."

He said that he wants to spend more time worrying about the things that are threatening the world and the future of our children.

"What we're trying to do is find a way to create the American Dream again, for everybody."

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