Ex-Surgeon General Alleges Censorship

Former top doc says administration plays politics with science
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 7:54 PM CDT
Ex-Surgeon General Alleges Censorship
Dr. Richard Carmona, 52, has been nominated by President Bush to be U.S. surgeon general.   (KRT Photos)

The Bush administration "did not want to hear the science" on subjects such as stem-cell research and abstinence-only sex ed, the ex-surgeon general says, and he was muzzled and marginalized when he tried "to be the doctor of the nation—not the doctor of a political party." Richard Carmona's 4-year term expired last year and wasn't renewed.

Carmona testified before a House committee today that his predecessors told him the level of interference he faced was unprecedented, the LA Times reports. He was ordered to mention President Bush three times per page in his speeches but discouraged from attending the Special Olympics because of the event's association with the Kennedy family, according to the New York Times. (More Richard Carmona stories.)

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