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Gregory Kane: PC Thought Police target Dr. Ben Carson

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Photo - WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 7:  Dr. Benjamin Carson speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly used the occasion to call for unity and common ground Washington politics.   (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 7: Dr. Benjamin Carson speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly used the occasion to call for unity and common ground Washington politics. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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It's a combined operation of the liberal, lamestream media and America's Politically Correct Thought Police. The goal is to get renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to shut the hell up.

As long as Carson was successfully separating conjoined twins, he was cool with the lamestream liberal media and the PCTP. As long as he was saying the right things about education and children, he was fine.

But to those listening very closely, there were hints, years before Carson took President Obama to task for some of his policies at the National Prayer Breakfast, before his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and before his remarks about same-sex marriage on Fox News' "Hannity" that the good doctor might have some conservative thoughts lingering in his head.

In recounting the tale of how he was raised by a poor, black single mother in Detroit, astute observers must have noted how Carson focused on achievement, on how his mother challenged her two sons to achieve academically.

Refreshingly absent from Carson's account of his upbringing was the notion that he, his brother or his mother were somehow "victims" of white racism, or of how those terrible white racists made achievement impossible. Carson's tale is about a man who worked hard and focused on individual achievement to get where he is today.

The one and only time I heard Carson address a group of students, the theme of his speech was what they had to do to achieve academically. White racists or white racism didn't enter the discussion at all.

I compared what Carson had to say with what traditional liberal black misleaders -- who never miss an opportunity to blame white racism and white racists for black America's woes -- on the subject and concluded, correctly as it has transpired, that we'd be hearing much more from a moderate-to-conservative Carson somewhere down the road.

It turns out that liberals find this moderate-to-conservative Carson somewhat troubling. David Zurawik, media critic at the Baltimore Sun, recently wrote a piece saying he'd been "tracking" Carson's appearances on Fox News.

That sounded kind of ominous. I took it to mean Zurawik was sending Carson a warning: Watch what you say, doc, because the big, bad Baltimore Sun and I are watching you..

Nor was Zurawik happy with Carson's remarks about same-sex marriage, which were, according to Zurawik, the result of Fox News "creat[ing] a climate that fosters such partisan, polarizing and possibly hurtful language."

Zurawik writes for a paper so partisan that some think its editorials come straight from the Democratic National Committee headquarters. In a 2002 editorial, this paper used the "polarizing" language that the only thing former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele brought to the ticket of former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich was "the color of his skin."

And if Sun editors thought that New Jersey playwright and poet Amiri Baraka's calling former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a "skeeza" and Steele a "real public coon" was hurtful, well, you never read about those things in the paper's editorials.

Members of Hopkins' Health and Human Rights Student Group, like Sun editors, have a problem with Carson's political views.

"At the time of his nomination [to be commencement speaker at the medical school graduation ceremony], Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education. 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."

Memo to HHRSG members: Carson is still a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education." Those facts don't change because of his views on same-sex marriage.

You'd think aspiring doctors -- those with open minds, anyway -- might just want to hear what advice a world-class neurosurgeon had for them.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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