Following an ABC News report indicating that Fox News contributor Ben Carson scheduled to air a nearly hour-long ad/documentary “introducing himself to the American people” as part of a 2016 Republican presidential bid, Fox News has severed ties with him, according to Washington Post.
The video titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” is heavily biographical” and highlights Carson’s “rise from being born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for almost 40 years, known for his work separating conjoined twins.”
This next move for Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, is no surprise, since he has openly talked about an interest in running for president, including on the airwaves of Fox News.
Last September on an edition of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace remarked that Carson had indicated that there was a strong “likelihood” of his candidacy. He then asked Carson if he really wanted to “spend the next two years begging people for money, shaking hands, eating a lot of bad meals” given that he was, at best, “a distinct long shot.”
Carson responded by saying that although it would be more pleasant for him to put his feet up and relax, since he’s made “plenty of money” and can live a “very comfortable life,” but given the state of the nation, he chooses not to live a life of ease.
Carson said that looking forward to the “future of our children, our grandchildren, all of the people who come behind us, if we all run for the hills, if we all run for the most comfortable place and just allow whatever to happen happen, then we get what we deserve.”
He is very concerned about the current political atmosphere of the United States, and how it may affect upcoming elections. He has expressed that there’s a chance that there may not be a 2016 election because there might be “so much anarchy going on.”
The Inquisitr reports that Carson recently compared the United States to Nazi Germany, saying, “I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness.”
The Washington Post notes that this is not the first time that Fox has dropped a contributor in this manner. During the 2012 election cycle, Fox News ceased the contributorships of both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as they proceeded towards presidential bids. A similar situation also occurred with Scott Brown, who was a Fox News contributor prior to his failed 2014 New Hampshire Senate campaign. Therefore, it is not unusual for Fox News to sever ties with Carson as he considers a presidential run in 2016.
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