Gingrich-Linked Propagandist Recycles Debunked “Racist” Ron Paul Smear

morning40oz~mad as hell 2011/12/28 16:58:38

Establishment gets desperate as Paul surges into lead in Iowa

Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, December 19, 2011

With the establishment terrified of Ron Paul’s snowballing success as he heads to the Iowa primary leading the Republican race, an onslaught of already debunked, agenda-driven, and desperate hit pieces have re-emerged.

Prime amongst them is an attempt to re-hash the ludicrous assertion that Ron Paul wrote racist newsletters in the early 1990′s when the material was clearly produced by other authors without Ron Paul knowing its content.

This is by no means a new story, it’s a debunked smear from four years ago that has been regurgitated by the same author, in unison with other neo-con hit pieces, right as Paul’s campaign peaks and polls show him leading in Iowa.

The re-hashed smear, entitled The Company Ron Paul Keeps – Meet Alex Jones, is written by The Weekly Standard’s James Kirchick, a man described by TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein as a “dishonest prick” and a “propagandist,” who “has opinions but no facts or experience”.

Kirchick is a proud neo-con who serves as a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, an influential neo-conservative collective funded by numerous noted billionaires. The group’s list of “distinguished advisors” includes former CIA and FBI heads. The group is virtually a lobbying front for the state of Israel, which explains perfectly why Kirchick is so upset with Paul, who has promised to put a stop to the billions in foreign aid the United States sends to Israel every year.

Sitting on the group’s Leadership Council is none other than Newt Gingrich, one of Ron Paul’s main rivals in the Republican primary. Given that association, it’s unsurprising that Kirchick has chosen to dredge up his debunked smear at this key time in the election cycle, withGingrich’s campaign now imploding and Ron Paul’s popularity surging.

Gingrich himself has more skeletons in the closet than a halloween costume shop, but that doesn’t stop Kirchick from playing the race card yet again in a transparent ploy to throw dirt at Ron Paul.

Kirchick dusts off his two decade old newsletters once more to allege that the racist comments were all written by Ron Paul or at least with his “endorsement”. This is akin to claiming that everything which appears on Infowars.com is written or endorsed by Alex Jones, or that every link which appears on DrudgeReport.com is the opinion of Matt Drudge himself.

Newsletters were the Internet of the early 1990′s. Dozens of newsletters with Ron Paul’s name in the title were published and thousands of articles were written by all manner of writers coming from all manner of different viewpoints, some legitimate, some not. To blame Ron Paul for the content of those newsletters is like blaming Free Republic for what its users post on its website. It’s guilt by association – the cheapest of dirty tricks.

Kirchick’s central claim is that Paul attacked Martin Luther King as a violent philanderer who “seduced underage girls and boys,” and that he criticized Ronald Reagan for signing legislation creating the federal holiday in his name, which Paul labeled “hate whitey day,” according to Kirchick.

In reality, Paul has noted King as one of his heroes on many occasions. Indeed, the only time that the Congressman has ever voted for something that is not explicitly authorized in the Constitution, it was for America to recognize Martin Luther King day as a public holiday.

The fact that, as Politifact documents, “in the late 1970s and early 1980s, (Paul) voted….to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the third Monday in January,” before any of the newsletters Kirchick cites were published, proves that the newsletters were written by other people and did not represent the views of Paul himself.

Indeed, the very publishers of many of the newsletters that Kirchick alludes to in his hit piece publicly admitted back in 2007 that Ron Paul had no influence over their content.

“Ron Paul didn’t know about those comments, or know they were written under his name until much later when they were brought to his attention. There were several issues that went out with comments that he would not ordinarily make. He was angry when he saw them,” said one publisher.

Just like leftists used hoax racist signs from their own rallies to discredit the Tea Party, Kirchick hand picks controversial comments that Ron Paul had no knowledge were being made in his name and attaches them to Paul’s campaign.

Kirchick reels off a handful of other outlandish claims and disingenuously implies Paul wrote them. Other supposedly “racist” writings are actually legitimate criticism of the state of Israel, including the manifestly provable fact that Mossad has operatives in countries around the world. Indeed, Mossad’s largest department is dedicated to conducting espionage overseas.

Notably absent from Kirchick’s regurgitation are accusations that were soundly debunked from the first incarnation of his hit piece. As we reported back in 2008, Kirchick referred to “the farcical “Stormfront Donation” saga which forced the New York Times to issue a retraction…admitting to several errors in a post it published which carried assertions that Ron Paul meets regularly with white supremacist groups.”

Following the first round of the smear in 2008, Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder publicly backed Ron Paul, saying he had known him for 20 years and that Paul was being attacked because he was a threat to the establishment.

The only people who seem to be upset at Ron Paul over racism are white, well to do, establishment Republican political operatives and journalists who are involved in lobbying groups with Newt Gingrich. Isn’t that interesting?

It’s also fascinating to note that Kirchick let slip in an email about the newsletters to Berin M. Szoka that he wrote the hit piece on Ron Paul not out of any moral outrage at Paul’s alleged “racism” but because he is “cynical” and enjoys “getting supporters of political candidates riled up”.

“That Jamie Kirchick was a self-aggrandizing pseudo-journalist with a personal agenda to gain attention cannot be denied. Nor can it be denied that the pseudo-journalists making issue of these newsletters in 2012 are just as irresponsible and intellectually dishonest as Kirchick was in 2008,” writes Brett MacDonald.

Kirchick then throws in the name of Alex Jones seemingly out of leftfield. I can only surmise that this is an attempt to get traffic or attract attention. Kirchick’s tone seems to be a whining lament about how the first incarnation of his smear didn’t get enough play the first time around.

Again he resorts to guilt by association, upset at the fact that Ron Paul has appeared on Alex Jones’ show.

Kirchick treats Jones’ assertion (and Ron Paul’s agreement) that NORTHCOM is involved in a military takeover of the country as a “conspiracy theory,” even as the U.S. Senate passes a billthat would allow the military to kidnap and intern Americans in detention camps without trial, and even as the Washington Post reports how Northcom has dispatched 20,000 troopsto aid in “domestic security” inside the United States.

Kirchick then cites Jones’ Endgame documentary and alleges that Jones claims there is a “secret plot of George Pataki, David Rockefeller, and Queen Beatrix, among other luminaries, to exterminate humanity and transform themselves into “superhuman” computer hybrids able to “travel throughout the cosmos.”

As anyone who has actually bothered to watch the documentary will know, the “secret plot” which Kirchick is seemingly afraid to mention is called the Bilderberg Group. It’s no secret, the group meets every year to further their agenda for global government (the mere mention of the Bilderberg Group was described as an “out there conspiracy theory” by Kirchick back in 2008). The elite’s desire for superhuman status is no conspiracy theory dreamed up by Jones either, it’s one that’s openly romanticized by the super-rich and elite technology gurus like Ray Kurzweil.

You’d think that Kirchick and his ilk would have learned their lesson by now. Even back in 2008, the racist smear was quickly swiped aside by the Paul campaign, but the attack dogs returned in 2010, this time going after Rand Paul in an effort to prevent him becoming Kentucky Senator. But ridiculous tales about the ‘Aqua Buddha’ and allegations of Rand Paul kidnapping women were quickly proven to be no more than grossly exaggerated college pranks from 30 years previously. Paul won by a landslide.

Recycling debunked and tired old garbage about Ron Paul being “racist” when he is the only Republican candidate not to advocate killing more brown people in broken-backed third world countries to “protect America” just isn’t going to work.

As one respondent wrote in response to Kirchick’s hit piece back in 2008 (it applies more than ever today), “That’s the problem Ron Paul presents to those trying to smear him, you have to go back 20 years and try to twist somebody else’s words to try to make him look bad. With all the other candidates you can just look at what they themselves have actually been doing in the recent past and even the present.”

Indeed, the neo-con establishment peanut gallery on which Kirchick is proudly perched is now so discredited that top-down attacks on Ron Paul will only aid him in cultivating his substantive image as the only genuine alternative to the Washington establishment that has corrupted and bankrupted America.

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  • irish 2011/12/28 17:05:05
    "dishonest prick"- i like that! sums the guy up nicely.
    and this:“That’s the problem Ron Paul presents to those trying to smear him, you have to go back 20 years and try to twist somebody else’s words to try to make him look bad."

    good article!

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  • Todd *RP 2012* 2011/12/29 03:07:05
    Todd *RP 2012*
    With the number of defenders coming to speak up, anyone with half a brain will know these allegations are false.
  • morning... Todd *R... 2011/12/29 15:51:20
    morning40oz~mad as hell
    One would think. I just talked to a customer at my work last night and he was going on about how they are trying to smear Ron Paul. This was a black man saying this. Only those who choose to be sheep believe this propaganda.
  • rob ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/12/28 21:20:27
  • rob ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/12/28 20:09:56
    rob ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮
    nothing surprise's me out of the Newt camp. next thing they will say Ron was born in Asia
  • Sheepdog 2011/12/28 19:38:22
    Here we go again listen to this man speak.

  • morning... Sheepdog 2011/12/28 19:57:00
    morning40oz~mad as hell
    T-mot! This guy is a hoot! I've watched all his videos.
  • ProudProgressive 2011/12/28 17:23:31
    I think most people paying at least a little attention to this issue know that Dr. Paul did not write the newsletter in question. The troubling thing about the issue for me is that when a politician authorizes things to be made public under their own name, I believe they bear some responsibility for the content. It may very well be that Dr. Paul was unaware of the content for a while after publication. If so, that suggests that he wasn't paying sufficient attention to his own public image and public message. I don't believe that Dr. Paul is a racist. But I do have to wonder how much control he has of the people supposedly working for him. We saw what a disaster it was having Bush in office when he had little idea of all that was going on in his own administration. I would not want to repeat that experience.

    [PS - I love how the author slipped in yet another farcical denial of the racism shown by a significant segment of the Tea Party. Propaganda never takes a day off, does it?]
  • morning... ProudPr... 2011/12/28 17:33:22
    morning40oz~mad as hell
    Perhaps you are most fortunate, ProudProgressive, that you have never had confidences betrayed before. I am not going to condemn Ron Paul for being unaware of the newsletters in question at a time when he was working as a doctor full-time, raising a family, and trying to make a difference in this country(something for which so few of this public can take credit). It is apparent he was betrayed. It's politics. Surely, it can't be much of a surprise that there would be those out to dismantle any given politician any day of the week.

    I would have to guess that, after 20 years, and having to address so many issues, Ron Paul has made sure to be more scrutinizing about his image and the people with whom he surrounds himself.
  • ProudPr... morning... 2011/12/28 17:46:24
    I wasn't suggesting condemnation. I would hope that in 20 years all of us are capable of learning and growth. Bottom line is that while I don't support Dr, Paul personally, I do agree that most of the attacks on him aren't worth the internet they're printed on.

    In fact, it's things like this which I'm sure are responsible for many of the most capable people in this country refusing to get involved in the political process at all. If I did something really stupid (like getting arrested for something serious, being involved in someone's death, etc.) 20 or 30 years ago I would think twice about running for office knowing that even though it would be irrelevant today it would still be dug up and used against me.
  • HoneyBadger 2011/12/28 17:12:19
    Glass-house rockers!
  • misterz 2011/12/28 17:07:29
  • irish 2011/12/28 17:05:05
    "dishonest prick"- i like that! sums the guy up nicely.
    and this:“That’s the problem Ron Paul presents to those trying to smear him, you have to go back 20 years and try to twist somebody else’s words to try to make him look bad."

    good article!
  • morning... irish 2011/12/28 17:15:35
    morning40oz~mad as hell
    Yeah, I was glad to come across it.
  • irish morning... 2011/12/28 17:19:32
    good for you!

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