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article imageOp-Ed: Doctor Ron, the Teflon Don

By Brian LaSorsa     Feb 10, 2012 in Politics
Newspapers used to release these huge, clever front-page headlines in the good-old days, usually dealing with Mafia figures.
When crime boss Paul Castellano was killed in front of Sparks Steak House, the front page of the New York Daily News read: “RUBOUT: MOB HITS BIG PAUL.” The headlines continued after John Gotti became boss, too. Often times witnesses ‘couldn’t remember’ Mafia crimes they had previously admitted to seeing, so the New York Daily News would run with inventive remarks like, “I Forgotti!
Unfortunately the Mafia isn’t seen in print as frequently as we’d like, so now the American public is stuck with stories on the second-rate criminals in Washington, D.C. Headlines do remain as hyperbolic as they ever were, but they’re just not as fun anymore. And, with increasingly-streamlined communication via the internet, lies are researched and debunked before televisions even get wind of their existence.
Such is especially the case for Ron Paul’s campaign. Media outlets have been spouting misinformation for weeks—seemingly without giving any consideration at all to facts—yet his loyal grassroots supporters haven’t allowed them to prevail.
First the newsletter scandal blew across the United States, and, despite Paul’s numerous condemnations of the content within, no one would quit badgering him. After weeks and weeks of amateur reporters asking the same questions, Ben Swann dug up information proving that the real author of the racist newsletter is a man named James B. Powell.
Even the NAACP admits that Ron Paul’s policies make him a major anti-racist candidate. Specifically, he hopes to end the drug war, capital punishment, and foreign occupations for the very reason that these three policies negatively affect minorities in disproportionate ways.
Then the Huffington Post featured an article about Eric Dondero, a former staffer who detailed “shocking incidents involving Paul and gay supporters,” which taught us only that the news agency’s editorial board needs to improve its fact-checking process. If they’d done even the littlest amount of research, they would have seen that Dondero has been trying to stir up unprovoked trouble for years.
Ron Paul explained in 2007 (before any of this came up), “He’s a disgruntled former employee who was fired.”
Dondero talked about an event with the Houston Jewish Young Republicans at which Paul supposedly berated members and kicked them out of his office. We grassroots folk found out that, well… it never really happened, and, likely, nothing else that came out of his mouth happened either. From January 1st, 2000 to December 1st, 2011, one single comment refers to the occurrence, and the comment links to a page that no longer exists. He also seems to believe that he personally “got Ron Paul elected to Congress in 1996,” so it’s pretty clear who wrote the comment in the first place.
Finally, various major websites featured stories the other day about a supposed Ron Paul advocate who published an offensive anti-Jon Huntsman advertisement on YouTube. Looking closer we see that the user, “NHLiberty4Paul,” created an account on January 4th for the sole purpose of uploading the video in question. And one of its first referral links is from Huntman’s campaign website.
Not only is this activity undoubtedly suspicious, but the video’s portrayal of Huntsman as “weak on China” doesn’t even make sense for a Ron Paul supporter to say. After all, the Paul campaign rotates around a strict non-interventionist foreign policy stance, including an opposition to economic sanctions, ‘trade wars,’ or anything else.
Less than two weeks later, Huntsman dropped out of the race.
Tricks and scams define politics. The difference between Paul and the other candidates is that the grassroots feel no pity for career politicians. Nothing sticks to the Texan congressman, and—much like newspapers deemed John Gotti in his own heyday—Ron Paul is clearly Washington D.C.’s new Teflon Don.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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