By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun
8:45 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
Johns Hopkins Dr. Ben Carson, who has been all over the news following a controversial appearance last week on the Fox News channel, is scheduled for a hometown Fox appearance on WBFF this week.
The Sinclair-owned Baltimore affiliate will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the "The Proper Role of Government."
Slated to appear with Carson are Towson University Professor Richard Vatz and radio host Mike Papantonio.
Here's the Fox 45 Facebook listing:
Fox 45 is hosting a town hall Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "The Proper Role of Government". Our panelists will be Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Professor Richard Vatz, and radio host Mike Papantonio. If you would like to be an audience member, email us: email@example.com
In an email Monday, WBFF General Manager Bill Fanshawe confirmed the town hall, but I am still awaiting word from him on when it will be available for viewing.
The station's most recent town hall was live-streamed at WBFF's website but not shown on the air live.
The controversy surrounding Carson centers on remarks he made last week on Sean Hannity's show when he was asked for his views on gay marriage.
"Marriage is between a man and a woman. 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," the Hopkins doctor told Hannity.
The comparison of gays to members of the North American Boy/Man Love Association and those who engage in bestiality set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and on the Hopkins campus.
In an interview with The Sun on Friday, Carson apologized for his "choice of words ... if they offended anyone." But, he added, he belives his intent was misunderstood.
UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Tuesday: The town hall will air on WBFF at 5 p.m. Sunday, Fanshawe said.
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