A series of bigoted newsletters in the name of
cult leader Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, pictured above surrendering at the sight of a black man, surfaced today containing plenty of embarrassing racist, anti-semitic and homophobic remarks.
The controversial newsletters include rants against the Israeli lobby, gays, AIDS victims and Martin Luther King Jr. — described as a “pro-Communist philanderer.” One newsletter, from June 1992, right after the LA riots, says “order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”
Another says, “The criminals who terrorize our cities — in riots and on every non-riot day — are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to ‘fight the power,’ to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible.”
While the majority of these stories contain no byline or attribution, Paul predictably denied any association with the articles in question. While I’m willing to lend Ron the benefit of the doubt and believe that he didn’t personally write these articles, that doesn’t excuse him from responsibility. In my journalism classes, my professors would always stress how important it make sure everything in your article is correct because it’s all attributed to your byline. This is even more important when the entire newsletter bears your name. Paul is either the most irresponsible politician ever by not being aware of the content being published under his name or he knowingly allowed these bigoted comments in his newsletter. Either way, it isn’t good for Paul.
This is nothing new for politicians. If a Clinton advisor says something dumb, it reflects poorly on her entire campaign. Even if Paul wasn’t the one to write the articles, the content published under his name still represents him, and there aren’t too many things that would reflect more poorly on him than this. Whether this will affect his status as internet sensation remains to be seen.