Ben Carson got a tough lesson in the past week on how quickly the angry and divisive world of cable TV can chew you up. The 61-year-old Baltimore County physician has been in the media spotlight as a darling of the right since early February, when he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast with what some interpreted as a lecture to President Barack Obama. But last week, Carson’s TV image and the discussion about him shifted dramatically — for the worse.
Comments: I hope Carson can stand these attacks. Pray for him
Dr. Carson critics are using prejudicial language. The writer of the article is a TOTAL jerk!! Where is the freedom of thought and of speech?? Why should Dr. Carson opine like most blacks?? I will pray for the neurosurgeon. He is going to need the prayers...
What really gets to them is that he said he is a Christian who believes in the Bible. As far as the ay issue goes, everyone realizes it is the Carmel´s nose under the tent to other deviant behavior. Dr. Carson is correct. Let us not stand by silently!
The Baltimopre Sun also obtained a copy of a petition circulating on Hopkins medical campus Friday aimed at getting Carson, who is about to retire this summer, removed as speaker for the diploma ceremony at the School of Medicine this year.
“At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education,” the petition says. “Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a role model in our careers. Since then, however, several public events have cast serious doubt on the appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our graduation.”
When asked about the petition Friday, Carson said, “I’ve caught wind of it, and I’ve sent back a message that this is their graduation, their big day, and if they think me being there is going to be a problem, I am happy to withdraw.”
Those who wrote this petition are the people who have the problem. The problem of being educated imbeciles.
“We have been trying to have an open discussion about this issue, and obviously we support his [Carson’s] right to free speech,” said Todd Shepard, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. “But what he said is not about opening up discussion. It’s about shutting it down by scaring people.”.
Does Shepard really want to go there? Does he really want to talk about who really shuts down free speech or who really scares people?
And how valuable rather than prurient is one who "co-directs of the Johns Hopkins Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality." This is yet another useless morality-destroying "higher education" course that signifies nothing but gets a lot of interest from students who really don´t want to learn things of value and from teachers who are unable to teach such things.
The writer, as is common on the Left, has confused his wishes with reality. His wish is that Dr. Carson´s political prospects are all but ended; the reality is that they have only begun.
I admire the way Dr. Carson handled the foolish student petition that he be excluded from the ceremony because he does not share their personal beliefs. I cannot recall any other target of such ignorant sophomoric intolerance responding with such dignity and maturity.
It is too bad the atmosphere on university campuses not only tolerates but actually encourages such anti-intellectual, dogmatic mob behavior by students who are allegedly there to learn and not to teach something. The absurdity of permitting students to dictate their own education and to exclude ideas and speakers with whom they happen to disagree about something has long been so commonplace as to seem almost rational. It is not rational. It is dangerous fanaticism and intolerance of other viewpoints - the very things that a genuinely liberal education was once supposed to combat.
I predict Dr. Carson will come back with his brain blazing and aimed squarely at his ridiculous critics. He will face into the fire and give ´em a brain shelling. Stronger and tougher is he for he wears an invisible shield of protection and power...and the critics are freaking. hehehehe.
I am thinking I have read all this before.It is total deja vu. Why? Because it is the same plan and execution of discrediting used on Sarah Palin. Guess what Dr Carson- this is the beginning. If you keep talking and being active in conservative circles, plan on 4 yrs of this smear. Andthe GOP will do nothing for you except get out of the way, just like Sarah Palin.
I am the TV/media critic at the Baltimore Sun. I write the Z on TV blog at baltimoresun.com. I also do a weekly radio report, "Media Matters: Take on Television," at Baltimore´s public radio statioon WYPR-FM (88.1) as part of a content sharing agreement between the station and the Sun.
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I have been the Baltimore Sun´s TV critic since 1989. Before that I was TV critic/columnist at the Dallas Times Herald. I earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (pop culture-media studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000. I have an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in specialized reporting (pop culture). I am the author of "The Jews of Prime Time," a look at 50 years of Jewish idenitity in front of behind the cameras of network TV (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003).
Well, it´s for certain he´s no brain surgeon. And, he´s correct that it would be presumptuous of him to lecture Dr. Carson on anything - including how to determine the subtleties of manipulation.
I´m being a bit presumptive in guessing that Dr. Carson has had a lifetime of occasions to hone his skills in recognizing ulterior motives, manipulations and persecutions of those who would try to use him or put him in "his place".
Random observation: Today´s leftists have helped me, by their example, to understand how it is that human beings could bring themselves to feed Christians (others) to the lions or light them on fire into human torches.
I watched the interview that is having such a ´force on the left´. There was absolutely nothing wrong with what he said; he was not comparing, but what difference does that make for those who look for racists and homophobes under every rock. Dr. Carson, who performs intricate surgery on infants in and out of the womb doesn´t seem like the kind of guy who flinches over anything.
Dr Carson did not melt down. There was an insightful article posted here pointing out that his was a slippery slope argument the same one voiced in a question from the Elena Kagan on the supreme court. The only mistake Dr Carson made was to apologize. He did nothing wrong!
Toure, Grace Wyler (quoted in the article) and this author, David Zurawik, as well as their publications, are low-level pawns of the leftist conglomerate, sent out to skirmish Dr. Carson´s defenses. [That would be us, folks, as stated so simply but elegantly by #7: "Let us not stand by silently!"]
They attempt to introduce the usual cliches, hoping something will catch on and stick, like a gob of their vile sputum, to Dr. Carson. Thus, we have Zurawik inventing a "melt down," and this from Wyler: “Carson’s venture into gaffeland Tuesday indicates that his career in politics might be over before it even began...." Toure the Clown avoids calling Dr. Carson the "House N****r" with the euphemism "new black friend."
We´ve seen this before, friends. The Progressives/Leftists/Dems were terrified of a lady who worshiped God, country and family...and offered some clear solutions to this nation´s ills: Sarah Palin. The conglomerate attempted to destroy her. Women´s organizations sat silent or joined in on her stoning.
Now we have the good Dr Carson, who definitely should be judged by the content of his character, being stoned the same way. Will black organizations come to his defense? Stupid question.
But what happens when the "lo fo" voters finally realize that the conglomerate is not just destroying old white men, but women and "people of color" too? I would like to witness that "Eureka!" moment.
Clarence Thomas. Herman Caine, Dr. Carson - why does the Left hate them with such apoplectic rage and fierceness? Because they are blacks who insist on leaving the plantation or because they are true Americans?
Daily Beast, Daily Download, Daily Crock. Guess what this guy David Zurawik’s obvious racist words are a crock of! I dare not say, lest I be banished from this thread and other similar threads.
If Zurawik construes Dr. Carson’s words to be evidence of a “meltdown,” Zurawik’s words are evidence of an angry, envious, frustrated, keyboard-totin’ media lightweight.
I’m just old enough to remember when Journalism was a somewhat respectable profession. It’s the Zurawiks of the world who have reduced it to a level just above grease-trap skimmer; perhaps even lower than that.
Just the rabid left trying to take out a conservative black. He didn´t equate NAMBLA and gay people he just said they don´t get to redefine marriage . . . neither would the Boy Scouts, the ACLU or the Lullaby League. Really what a pathetic slur.
Yes, it’s extremist to stand up for traditional marriage but to call for a wholesale redefining of a 10,000 year old human universal that has enabled human civilization to advance so that it will please 3% of the population and impose chaos on the other 97%, why that’s just mainstream moderation.
Media critic David Zurawik often criticizes the left . Some of his columns have been linked here in the past. To call him childish names in the name of conservatism because he made some valid points about Dr Carson is embarrassing. Dr Carson may be a brilliant neurosurgeon, but, he´s never been vetted by a single voter and his interviews have been all over the place. He implied in an interview with the Daily Caller last week that he was ok with gay marriage. “any two consenting adults have the right to formalize a relationship between them.” He also told the Daily Caller , ”of course allow [illegal immigrants] to have a pathway to citizenship. That’s the only humane and reasonable thing to do.” He opposed the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 and the Iraq war. Zurawik was on CNN in February skewering MSNBC for hiring Gibbs and Axelrod. " TV critic David Zurawik, then used the “P” word and slammed MSNBC for pushing “propaganda” instead of political discussion by hiring Gibbs and Axelrod." “That notion of saying Republicans have dangerous ideas, that’s bad,” Zurawik told Kurtz. “But don’t forget. This is NBC News. That’s the banner they [MSNBC] fly under. And to bring two [Obama] loyalists like this on, .... to have them so decidedly carrying the president’s message into this forum, I think, is a problem.”
Congratulations to media critic David Z. for often criticizing the Left. I hope he keeps it up.
This is what Dr. Carson said that, to David Z. and his ilk, is the Abomination of Desolation:
“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” he replied. “No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
This, as it happens, is quite right. We cannot commence changing the very meaning of language and deconstructing and reconstructing longstanding customs and traditions without venturing into perilous waters. I think it is precisely the insistence upon calling homosexual partnerships or unions "marriage" that is the crux of the problem for many Americans. I suspect a surprising number of Americans would be in favor of legislation that provided equal benefits to homosexual couples under certain circumstances as long as it did not insist upon redefining the very meaning of the word marriage in the process.
Those who are offended by Dr. Carson´s choice of examples(pedophilia and bestiality) as logical extensions of such arbitrary political redefinition of terms and customs do not comprehend the problem that arises when such radical attacks upon custom and tradition are allowed to succeed. There is, as a matter of pure reason, not the slightest reason in the world why other forms of sexual activity, including necrophilia, might not demand and receive marriage status by means of the arguments and thinking presently advocated. People may think this absurd or unlikely - but there is nothing, nothing whatever but custom and tradition to prevent it.
Carson should not have apologized for his remark about NAMBLA and bestiality. Deviant sexual behavior is deviant sexual behavior. What makes one perversion better than another? Heck, you´ve got that Singer character at Princeton arguing that bestiality should be acceptable as long as the animal isn´t injured. NAMBLA has a website full of arguments about why "intergenerational sex" should be acceptable. Carson should not have backed down.
This is an absolutely disgusting article. But, I have a new mantra and I have just written a letter to the editor of our local newspaper in East Hampton in response to an editorial decrying the lack of candidates running for our local offices this Fall. It doesn´t matter if it is local or state or national. The message is the same, with these liberals and with this agenda driven biased press and that is if Republicans/Conservatives do not bend to their will, do not agree with their beliefs, they will destroy you. That is the bottom line. And they are successful.
But we have to put a stop to this. We can no longer allow this to happen. And we must support, rally, send emails, do whatever it take to support the Ben Carsons, Sarah Palins, Mia Loves, all of our best and brightest conservatives. For if we don´t we are doomed. I am trying desperately to figure out how to get something going on my local level. But we have got to do something. God bless you Dr. Carson. And spit in their face with you grace, dignity and intelligence.
The chance that Dr. Carson could convert his current novelty into a sustained and successful political venture is probably somewhat remote.
Maybe he could win a local or state office. So far, he hasn´t tried.
Even achieving any such election would not mean he could ever successfully go national.
So far, he´s an entertaining one-trick pony. Doctors and med students get a "pass" because they are seen as "golden." That might not last in the face of reality.
Do you remember a U.S. Army General who had won the Heisman Trophy playing football? Some thought he might be president. Gosh, what a resume. He never won a political race. Name? Pete Dawkins. Bet you never heard of him.
Axe President Howard Dean how he´s likin´ the White Hut these days.... s/o
Even if Dr. Carson doesn´t go into politics, he can still make himself heard on the speaker circuit. Some influential people can speak louder & more effectively by NOT seeking office. Carson needs a media consultant to coach him in using words & phrases that stop lefty critics cold. He needs to learn the art of using their own words against them - since he knows he´s going to be called Uncle Tom & House Boy, why not use their language & tie them up in knots with it? He should say things such as..."Nobody owns this black man....I don´t go to the back of the bus for anybody...you don´t tell me what to think...I´m a free man & last time I looked we still have freedom of speech & thought in this country." Let the left finally have the "discussion on race" that they say they want - with Dr. Carson, a person who knows something about it.
Dr. Carson is stepping on a lot of toes and he is doing it by using the truth, something that NOBODY on the left can do. If it were not for lies, name calling and slander, most of the major news media would consist of nothing but advertising. Dwindling advertising at that.
If his experience on MSNBC is defined as a meltdown, then obama and his mouthpiece, carny, liquify on a daily basis.
He apologized when he shouldn´t have, and pretty much backed out of giving the commencement address instead of letting the moonbats go ahead and formally retract the invite. A fine brain surgeon, a fine human being, but Not Ready For Prime Time in politics & probably never will be. Hey there´s plenty of great things one can do with their life, besides running for President.
What a smug little journo you are, Zurawik. I noticed you never once wrote the title "Dr." before Dr. Carson´s name -- a title he richly deserves & worked hard for, unlike yourself.
And you got something else wrong, too. fta: Carson’s venture into gaffe land
A gaffe isn´t what we´re talking about here. It´s PC land you should have said. If you´re a conservative, everything has to be said in a politically correct tone or it´s off-with-your-head in this country today -- and your ilk are the ones who make it happen.
Now if he had said "GD America" like the Rev. Wright did, you would completely ignore it -- IF he was on YOUR side. The Leftist side. Don´t look now, but your hypocrisy is showing, MISTER Zurawick.
Really nothing to see here other than the usual freeze, marginalize, and destroy tactic by the lefty Alinskyites. Dr. Carson has the upper hand IMHO. Obie´s cyber warriors must be getting chapped lips wondering how to salivate and attack Carson a different way now.
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