GOP presidential candidate retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday that the “mainstream media all seems to move in a secular progressive direction” and that’s why Fox News is necessary to provide that counterbalance.

“What I am saying is that the general mainstream media all seems to move in a secular progressive direction,” said Carson. “They would like to create a narrative that certain things are good and certain things are bad according to the way that they see them, and by being able to be the bully pulpit so to speak and to be the only voice that’s out there, you can get a lot of people to start thinking the way that you do.”

Carson said Fox News “presents an alternative – a different way of thinking.”

“I wish we didn’t need that counter balance, because the way it’s supposed to work is that the media is supposed to be neutral, and they’re supposed to be on the side of the people, and that is the reason that they’re the only businesses protected by the United States Constitution, but because they have become very partisan and very ideological, you need to have a counterbalance, and that’s what I mean, having Fox come in to counter balance what you’ve done,” he said.

As reported, Carson also took CNN to task for investigating claims he made about being violent as a child – trying to stab a friend and hit his mother with a hammer.

During Carson’s Friday interview, Camerota showed a clip from a speech Carson made on Oct. 19, 2014, during which he said: “Even if all the media tries to shut you down, which they have tried very much to do with me, but they can’t, because the good Lord has provided me with mechanisms like my syndicated column and like Fox News. We’d be Cuba if there were no Fox News.”