Appearing as a guest on the Sean Hannity Show on the Fox News Channel last night, Dr. Ben Carson disclosed that a member of the White House staff, before his speech last month to the National Prayer Breakfast, had urged him “not (to) offend the president.” Additionally, Dr. Carson said the White House requested to see his speech before the event. When asked by Hannity, Dr. Carson said he believed it was wise that he did not disclose the White House member who made that request before the National Prayer Breakfast.
Dr. Benjamin Carson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008, is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Carson is also the author of America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.
Hannity said, “Dr. Carson made headlines last month when he dared to speak truth to power about where we stand as a nation,” in reference to his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast where he sharply disagreed with President Obama’s views on health care reform and several other issues. Dr. Carson also, in that same speech, gave his views on how political correctness stifles open discussion and debate on key issues.
This is just the latest in several stories about how the White House has been accused of either attempting to control events where the president appears or appearing to want to control the message from these events or how they are covered in the media.
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