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05:20 PM on 12/29/2011
If you watched the full video of that interview, he doesn't evade the question and he doesn't walk away until the interviewer, who is terrible at best, asserts that he actively blames the Israelis for the World Trade Center bombing in 93.

I say she's terrible because he answered her questions, and without any evidence, research or other "legs", she just repeated a series of three questions, hoping for a different answer.

Did you write those things? No.

What do you think about them, though? I disavow them.

Well... are you sure you didn't write them? Because... I mean... there's some pretty incendiary stuff in there...


But... you know... I mean... come on... do you have any comment on them?

Without cause, she just went fishing for a sound byte. Awful reporting, not objective, working an angle at every turn.

If he wrote them, prove it. If he profited from them, prove it.
06:43 PM on 12/29/2011
The subscribers to the "Ron Paul Special Report" and the "Ron Paul Investment Letter" must be feeling ripped off. They probably thought that the newsletters reflected Paul's views because the publications had the congressman's name on it. Silly people! As Ron is saying now, he didn't write anything for the newsletters, heck, he didn't even read them.
because I want it empty...
09:48 AM on 12/30/2011
If he is not responsible for the statements put in a newletter bearing his name, then they need to ask the other Ron Paul to step up and take the heat. Oh... wait my bad, they already have footage of Congressman Ron Paul saying he has a newsletter that people ought to check out. If that aint proof I dont know what you would call it.
progressive policies make the country better
04:45 PM on 12/29/2011
Thank you for a very well written, instructive article. Do his supporters really believe he has been misrepresented in the media as racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and a fear monger, or is it that they really support those views and want to see him in power? A very scary individual.
Liberty Lovin' Tree Hugger
07:27 PM on 12/29/2011
Obama didn't earn his Peace Prize and has to send it back. In exchange, they are awarding him the Fleece Prize.
shirley thomas
we have no friends in dc
10:25 PM on 12/29/2011
and we are awarding bush the prize for having the dumbest voters not once but twice. his path of dumbness and destruction is still reverberating 10 yrs later. obama 2012
02:05 AM on 12/30/2011
It's a smear campaign. It's obvious.

Just because you are enjoying it doesn't make it any less so.
03:30 PM on 12/29/2011
"Southern" cast of mind? Now who's being prejudiced? Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are also both southerners. Would you paint them as bigots?

Also, it is well known that Lincoln placed the preservation of the Union as his top priority in the prosecution of the Civil War. I'm not going to rehash history or moralize about it, but Paul has a point. The South was fighting for slavery, but the North was fighting for federalism. Lincoln said that if he could win the war without freeing the slaves, he would do so. He also wanted to send them all to Africa after the war. The North was/is not necessarily less racist than the South. Malcolm X's father was lynched in Michigan, after all.

Also, Paul did not "walk off" the CNN interview. If you watch the full (unedited) clip, you can see that he was taking off his mike and walking away because at that point the interview was essentially over. CNN cropped the footage to make it look more sensational.

I agree that the newsletter issue is problematic, but I don't see it as damning. He has refuted them time and time again, and I'm sure this national exposure will provide him one more opportunity to do so and to clarify his views. Although his critics in the media will continue to misconstrue and spin everything he does and says-- the way media critics do.
the President is black, deal with it
05:02 PM on 12/29/2011
clarify bigotry....this should be entertaining.
11:10 PM on 12/29/2011
Can someone explain to me how Obama can go to a large church and know a minister with sharp criticism of America and this makes him a bigot and a hater of America. Or when he is on an education board with many others including a domestic terrorist so that makes him pal around with terrorist. But this man puts out a news letter and promotes it as his " intellectual " ideas and beliefs and now they are inconvenient he says he only had his name on it, knew nothing about them. And now the very same people who wanted to run Obama the traitor out of the country, say he had nothing to do with the letters and we should all leave him alone. He answered the questions and that should be good enough! People these are letters he said at the time he wrote! Why is it different now?!?! Just say agree with the crap in the letters! Stop pretending, we all know who and what you are...bigots!
08:27 PM on 01/02/2012
I assume this comment is directed at me. If not, then disregard.

You've just engaged in the same kind of prejudice and generalization that the author engaged in. I am a lifelong Democrat, and I voted for Obama in the primaries and in the general election. If anyone but Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination, I will vote for Obama again. I didn't write my comment to be tribal. I'm not anyone's flag-waver. My loyalty is to the truth and to democracy-- not to either party or to any particular candidate.

My complaint with the article was that the author took a prejudiced stance against the South and seemed to be assuming that the North is somehow morally superior by virtue of the myths of the Civil War. I'm not an apologist for the South by any stretch, but I feel compelled to call out prejudiced BS when I see it.

For the record, I support Ron Paul's candidacy, not for his platform, but for his campaign method. We desperately need a game-changer in politics to wrest it free from the grip of corporate money and the corporate media. We can hash out the social issues once we have our democracy back. I want Ron Paul's campaign to be as successful as possible so that others might take his lead and adopt his campaign style and refuse those big corporate donations that have crippled both parties.
08:30 PM on 01/02/2012
This is funny, actually. I'm used to catching heat from the knee-jerk conservatives. It's kind of fun to catch heat from knee-jerk liberals for a change.
03:27 PM on 12/29/2011
The following is one reason why the status quo is so afraid of a Ron Paul Revolution....

Members of Congress have historically been wealthier than the average American, but the net worth of lawmakers on Capitol Hill has jumped considerably in recent decades, two new analyses show.

From 2004 to 2010, the median net worth of members of Congress jumped 15 percent, the New York Times reports. In that same period, the net worth of the richest 10 percent of Americans held steady while Americans overall saw their median net worth fall 8 percent.

An analysis from the Washington Post shows that from 1984 to 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House more than doubled from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home equity. The average American family saw its wealth slightly decline in that same time frame.
My micro-bio is a desolate wasteland
04:34 PM on 12/29/2011
that happens when you can avail yourself of insider trading due to your Congressional seat.
01:42 AM on 12/30/2011
That's right. Congress is the 1%.
03:22 PM on 12/29/2011
You clearly do not understand Ron Paul's message. Anyone who has seriously researched Paul's positions and heard him talk about race issues in interviews would understand that there is no way Ron Paul would have ever endorsed those parts of those newsletters. The ignorance and agenda of the media in this country will destroy the next election and strengthen the symbiotic relationship between government and big business, help continue the interventionist foreign policy that puts our country and troops into further danger oversees, and continue to prop up the fake two party system.
05:02 PM on 12/29/2011
He put his name on them

100% endorsement.

Case closed.
05:19 PM on 12/29/2011
Did you you watch him do it? I'm going to sign this post as "pjburke".
08:45 PM on 12/29/2011
Yeah, Pjburke:

How dare you assume that a grown man, or enough to know better, should take responsibility for his own views, after he's endorsed them by putting his name on them. What do think that he belongs to a party which routinely boasts about "personal responsibility" or something?
the President is black, deal with it
05:05 PM on 12/29/2011
In his is unconstitutional to make insurance companies pay for AIDS care. he does not like GLBT people. If a women was really being S. harrassed why didn't she just quit her job. He does not think women are capable. Civil rights laws are unconstitutional to business owners, they should be allowed to discriminate based on color or any other reason. He does not like blacks or minorities.
Fiscal: 5.42, Social: -3.83
08:36 PM on 12/29/2011
Wait. How does understanding that national laws coercing individuals to engage in commerce against their wills are unconstitutional equate to hating blacks and minorities. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the Westboro cult had a right to picket funerals, does that mean that all 9 supreme court justices agree with Fred Phelps?
shirley thomas
we have no friends in dc
10:26 PM on 12/29/2011
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USS Constitution
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
03:16 PM on 12/29/2011
If you think what happened was so bad, then why do you have trouble reporting the truth?

For example, the claim that "he can just cut short" things he doesn't want.

That's a straight up documented video edit. He answered the questions multiple times, she even thanked him for answering the questions.

The entire interview is publicly available.

As the saying goes, the biggest lies are half truth. And that's exactly what the edited video in that interview is.

Why should people trust you? Are you simply trying to prey on those who will just take you at your word? Is it just that you are uniformed and ignorant of the truth, or is it that you simply do not care what the truth is?

If you actually cared about racism, then you would have researched it better and been able to report only the truth. And if you are purposely telling a lie, then you are just using racism as a means of promoting your own agenda via character assassination.

Are you trying to inform people of the truth, or are you trying to create a false truth for people?

This really sounds like something a racist would do. And this happened before he ever ran for office. Nothing for him to gain.

I guess another bonus with a Ron Paul win is that it will mean the media and it's playing of the race card has been exposed.
04:59 PM on 12/29/2011
"...this happened before he ever ran for office. Nothing for him to gain."

What... the newsletters? Happened "before he ever ran for office" ???

So sorry.... but "No."

He began publishing those newsletters in 1985... after he'd already served in Congress for about ten years. He ran for Senate in 1984... and he was still publishing them when he first ran for president (on the Libertarian Party ticket) in 1988.

Are you trying to create a "false truth" for people... or are you really just that slothful and sloppy?

In any event, the things said in those letters -- that he endorsed 100% by putting his name on -- are far, far beyond being merely despicable and reprehensible. He's not even fit to hold a seat in Congress, let alone be considered for the presidency.
USS Constitution
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
05:14 PM on 12/29/2011
What happened in the video is a story from before he was in office.

Try again.
11:19 PM on 12/29/2011
It is ironic that you should tell people to research things before they talk. And how unfair it is that the full truth is out there but the ignorant are not reading and watching the truth...considering
His whole defense is just that, HE himself did not read or research HIS own newsletter with HIS name on it...ironic don't you think?
USS Constitution
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
04:02 AM on 12/30/2011
No, not at all. I have some general knowledge in how these things work.

It's like thinking that everything that comes to you in the mail from politicians is actually written by them, or that the president actually writes his own speeches.

It was stupid of him and a mistake on his part. But considering how these things generally work, in combination with his actual actions in real life, I have no doubt in my mind that he is not a racist.

I grew up in the south, and I've dealt with many bubbas. They are unable to view things outside groups and treat people in terms of groups rather than individuals.

Check out this Dave Chappelle skit. Notice what he says about the generalizations and individuals. That is how I know Ron Paul isn't a racist.

Forward to 3:34 to hear.

But do you deny the fact that the article is purposely misrepresented what happpened in the CNN interview?
03:15 PM on 12/29/2011
Ron Paul seems to be persistant and right on many issues, other candidates more of flip flop.
11:24 PM on 12/29/2011
Well until this news letter anyway. And just because he is consistent and passionate about his positions does not make them " right". It just means he really believes what he says. Beliefs and correctness does not always equal the same thing.
03:14 PM on 12/29/2011
In a few weeks, the inevitable pathetic drama for raising another national debt ceiling will surely wake up more and more truly decent Americans who care deeply about the future of their children and grand children. At that time, the virtue of Dr. Paul's unyielding quest to cure the America addictions to debts and wars will become even more appealing
03:13 PM on 12/29/2011
"She pressed him further, noting that, well, your name is on them. He answered by walking away."

Didn't you read all the major news stories that stated that in the unedited footage by CNN, Ron Paul did not walk away from her interview? Do your research, Buddy. If you are this behind on the news, this uniformed, and this sloppy in your research, you don't deserve to be read.
03:08 PM on 12/29/2011
Mr. Stoehr, I hope you do not lecture on ethics in journalism.
03:07 PM on 12/29/2011
Ever time an event happened you go back and read what Ron Paul have said you will find he was right, he owns that wisdom and experience, other candidates do not have this, and they look filp flop.
02:57 PM on 12/29/2011
Seems like an article ranting with the traditional democrat attacks on Paul. Honestly, this is becoming too easy to predict. Dems and Reps keep using the same arguments against this guy as if someone just fell off the turnip truck and didn't know what the heck was going on in this race. Reps claim he'll be dangerous because his views on Iran and Dems call him a racist because of his newsletters. It's as if they're banking on the fact that most American's don't research (they don't) or read the comments sections below articles (many do).

I don't think this media bias is working, but I feel this is all the media knows how to do and they're panicking. Their fear of Ron Paul shaking up the establishment is soooo apparent by these weak slander articles.

Republican and Democratic candidates are for followers. Paul is the candidate for independent thinkers and leaders. It's obvious Yale has no integrity regarding their lecturers...
02:56 PM on 12/29/2011
As for the 'impartial ?? ' Gloria Borger : Gloria Borger is married to Lance Morgan. Morgan is according to the web site of his employer, Powell Tate,“chief communications strategist at Powell Tate in Washington, D.C.

" Christina Martin spokeswoman for House Speaker Newt Gingrich has joined Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick as executive vice president. Martin was press secretary to Speaker Gingrich from 1997-1999. In addition to her work for Gingrich, Martin was press secretary for Iowa governor Terry Branstad from 1994-95.

Suzanne Wilson-Houck - having worked at major DC firms such as Cassidy and Associates and Powell Tate. Suzanne began her career on Capitol Hill as Whip Assistant to Congressman Newt Gingrich.

So who might be the clients of Powell Tate, where Borger’s husband is “chief communications strategist and crisis communications” adviser for?

Just about every part of the military industrial-complex that Ron Paul wants to shrink or shutdown. According to the Powell Tate web site, they are strategic communications for among others:

The U.S. Army, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The U.S Agency for International Development, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and, The National Pork Board.

Bottom line Gloria Borger’s husband is as inside Washington DC as you can get.
03:03 PM on 12/29/2011
Bravo, thanks for the research.
My micro-bio is a desolate wasteland
04:27 PM on 12/29/2011
lol, Ron Paul has been in Congress and survived there for over 30 years with an (R) by his name.

Can't get much more inside Washington than that........
02:51 PM on 12/29/2011
The interview with Gloria Borger you are referring to is much different than the way she had it edited together. It lasted almost 10 minutes and she asked him about the newsletters for awhile before the interview finally ended. Also, Gloria Borger is married to Lance Morgan, who works for defense contractor Powell-Tate, which is connected to Newt Gingrich. One of Paul's missions has been the reducing or elimination of the Military Industrial Complex we were warned about by President Eisenhower. That is the same Military Industrial Complex that companies like Powell-Tate represent so this interview involved a conflict of interest, but in this day and age in Washington, I don't think you can avoid those types of things as everyone is paid and influenced by someone else.