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Carson pilloried by critics for daring to speak truth

It was a delight to see Dr. Ben Carson on The Sun's front page recently ("Controversial address vaults Hopkins' Carson into political arena," Feb. 18), and it was a stark contrast to the vitriolic online piece earlier by TV critic David Zurawik ("Hopkins' Dr. Benjamin Carson anointed new Fox darling of the right on Hannity," Feb. 16).

Mr. Zurawik's hatred for Fox News came through loud and clear. He clearly was using Dr. Carson as a conduit to disparage Fox. No wonder he was critical of the way President Barack Obama appeared in a film shown on Sean Hannity's program Friday evening.

I saw the tape on YouTube, and the president looked "impassive, jaw-flexed and hard eyed." The camera doesn't lie, so why criticize Mr. Hannity for showing it? Dr. Carson's appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast gave a little balance to all the propaganda that comes from the biased media.

Mr. Zurawik said Fox News was an "embattled" channel and that Mr. Hannity is "portly." He also called the group Mr. Hannity had assembled "right-wing-stooge-journos" and said their questions were "straight out of the Soviet Union, circa 1949, or North Korea today."

Mr. Zurawik criticized Dr. Carson for having a "smarmy embrace of Sean Hannity." Did he criticize Chris Matthews' comment about how affected he was by President Obama — so much so that he had a tingling running up his leg?

Mr. Zurawik is beginning to sound and act like the people he covers — Hollywood and TV. Dr. Carson is a breath of fresh air and he is a decent, inspiring individual. The world can use a lot more people like him.

Marie Mullen, Joppa

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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