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Satire Alert: Ben Carson Did NOT Lose Brain Surgeon License After Making Numerous Brainless Comments

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:14 Z)

While you may have wondered about Dr. Ben Carson's scientific intellect because of his firm belief that the theory of evolution is a clever plot by Satan to descredit God's word, it is not true that the neurosurgeon's license to operate has been revoked in all 50 U.S. states.

An article about the license revocation published in the Huffington Post has been trending on social networks, but as we say here at Lead Stories: Just because it's trending doesn't make it true.

In fact, it is a satirical column written by Flora Nicholas, who has published a series of satires for the HuffPost. In case you were not aware, satire is defined as "the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues."

Nicholas' satire quotes a fictional joint statement by all 50 state medical boards saying that officials have been "increasingly concerned about the gibberish emanating from Mr. Carson's cerebrum. We cite by way of example his belief that the holocaust could have been prevented by armed German citizens, that straight people go into prison and come out gay, and that Obamacare is the worse thing to happen to the country since slavery."

Carson, in fact, is one of the most accomplished neurosurgeons in the United States. He was the first doctor to successfully separate twins conjoined at the brain. He is also a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, only slightly behind genius billionaire Donald Trump.

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About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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