On Fox News Watch over the weekend (12/24/11), supposedly objective host Jon Scott glossed over the very disturbing racial content in a series of old Ron Paul newsletters. One such newsletter, for example, gave tips on how to get away with shooting and killing an African American “animal.” But Scott suggested that CNN’s aggressive questioning of Paul about the letters was little more than liberal media bias. During much of the discussion, a banner on the screen “asked,” Press Pounding Paul?
Another newsletter was described by Think Progress as claiming that “roving bands of African-Americans are trying to give white people HIV.”
But Scott made the newsletters seem like old hat. He introduced the discussion by saying, “Gloria Borger of CNN asked Ron Paul some questions about some newsletters that he produced back in the 1980’s and 90’s.” Scott went on to play a contentious exchange between Paul and Borger. He followed the clip by downplaying their explosive content. “Some of the content apparently, some questionable items about racism. Is CNN making a mountain out of a molehill?”
Scott called on panelist Jim Pinkerton first. Pinkerton went along with the “old hat” meme by saying the newsletters have been discussed for 20 years. He likened them to Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko, saying that any reporter asking Obama about them would be ejected by the Secret Service. Except that Obama never had much of a relationship with Ayers and Ayers was an upstanding citizen during any relationship they had. Obama’s relationship to Rezko was over the purchase of a piece of land adjacent to his own property that Fox News made a mountain out of a molehill over.
Scott did not note the differences.
Fortunately, conservative Cal Thomas got past the “liberal media” distraction to the heart of the matter about Paul's newsletters: “If you put your name on something or allow it to be put on something and it goes out with racist and anti-Semitic and conspiratorial stuff on it, the thing to do is say, ‘You know, I wasn’t paying proper attention. I should have paid more attention to this. It was wrong. I reject the ideas in there. Now can we move on?’ He needs that kind of definitive statement.”
Panelist Kirsten Powers noted that Paul seemed “more irritated he’s being asked” about the newsletters than “outraged these comments were made and they are pretty heinous.”
Everyone but Paul’s more stoic supporters can see that there’s a hard case against him and if anything, he’s showing us that he’s not exactly sorry in the best light.
BTW, Don Black that Supremacist you can’t seem to prove Paul denounced? He’s been backing Rand Paul, too:
Or are you gonna try calling News One “Obscure” and linking me to infamously debunked hard-right sites as well?
Andy Breitbart is obscure… that’s a good one. Seriously, if you were trying to be funny, that did make me laugh.
Oh, and perhaps you’d also like to explain why RW publications are printing articles such as this one:
It doesn’t matter if Ron Paul is racist? Rick Perry’s racist sign mattered to Forbes:
So why is it ok for Paul, but not for Perry? That’s a bit of a double standard, even within party lines.
Oh, and if you actually paid attention to Fox News… they don’t hate him. They’re just seeing him splitting the vote as something of an annoyance. And they’re the only one that seems to be showing any sentiment one way or the other.
Unfortunately, Paul’s ability to own up on this is next to his bigfoot photos.
After three years of calling Obama a racist over an out of context clip where he wasn’t even speaking, Fox News is going to try whitewashing Ron Paul, of all people?!
Ron Paul hangs out with Don Black- Don Tebowdamn Black! Here’s a picture of them together after Black donated to his 2008 campaign:
For those of you who don’t know who Don Black is… he’s the founder of Stormfront. If that’s not enough, here’s his SPLC page:
As far as I know, Paul has yet to renounce Black… he still pals with him, he still takes money from him, and they still show each other respect.
Try to whitewash that, Fox. I dare you.