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Tue, 08 Jan 2008

The Ron Paul Smear

The mainstream media thrives on controversy, fashions itself a kingmaker, and is biased towards big government. So it was only a matter of time before big media decided to turn its attention to the Ron Paul campaign. That was today, with the New Republic's smear piece by James Kirchik. I won't link to it here, it's too distasteful. It alleges racism, bigotry, and "neo-confederacy".

Here's the nuts: A long time ago Ron Paul lent his name out to a newsletter; someone ghostwrote a racist article using Dr. Paul's name; Ron Paul neglected to read the article before it went out in his name. Years later they came up in his congressional campaign, and he disavowed them. Then again. And again. The media is only able to find one ball of mud to throw at Ron Paul, but it keeps throwing it over and over again.

Here is his response:

"The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts."

... "When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name."

Anyone who knows Ron Paul or has followed his career with any attention, knows that he is not a racist or bigot. His error in this episode is only that he has not rent his beard and put on sackcloth and ashes to validate the smearmongering (as some in the libertarian quarter are demanding of him). I fear that this may be the crippling blow to his campaign. I hope I am wrong.