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Thursday, December 27, 2007

'NYT' admits: Ron Paul not a neo-Nazi

The New York Times on its Web site posted a lengthy Editors' Note last night concerning a blog posting this week by reporter Virginia Heffernan. That post had opened, "Ron Paul, our Internet president, seems to have Nazi troubles, as in they’re saying he’s one of them." The Editors' Note reads:

"A post in The Medium that appeared on Monday about the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his purported adoption by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups contained several errors. Stormfront, which describes itself as a 'white nationalist' Internet community, did not give money to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign; according to Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign, it was Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, who donated $500 to Paul. "The original post also repeated a string of assertions by Bill White, the commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party, including the allegation that Paul meets regularly 'with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review and others' at a restaurant in Arlington, Va. Paul never attended these dinners, according to Benton, who also says that Paul has never knowingly met Bill White. Norman Singleton, a congressional aide in Paul’s office, says that he met Bill White at a dinner gathering of conservatives several years ago, after which Singleton expressed his indignation at the views espoused by White to the organizer of the dinner. The original post should not have been published with these unverified assertions and without any response from Paul."


arty said...

More and more, the NYT Magazine and the Internet seem to be made for each other, in the worst sense.
The thing is driven by its quest for "buzz," whether through photography, typography, or just running downright lazy, stupid text.
On the positive side, it sells lots of ads, as do NFL games on TV.

Frank said...

Of course Ron Paul is not a neo-Nazi. I am stunned that the NYT would even consider suggesting it. It makes me question the NYT's motives. Ron Paul represents a real threat to corporatism; the New York Times Company owns almost two dozen regional newspapers (15 dailies). That represents a lot of power (if "information" is power). When the political and economic power of a country rests in the hands of such groups, then a corporatist system is in place. Ron Paul has pledged to tackle corporatism and return government to its constitutional role. I can see why some might want to smear Ron Paul's name.

Anonymous said...

It's good to know "The gray old lady" is just as neglidgible as the rest of them; and certainly willing to slam a candidate before they check their sources.

The american public is just shocked by this. I'll tell ya, we're all just shocked.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to see a favorable piece done on the only honest politician I have ever seen (Ron Paul). Fox news smears him whenever they mention his name and most other big media do worse they ignore him. This is just one more of those hit pieces. The media is trying to make up your mind for who to vote for. Its pretty sickening that they can get away with it. If an honest politician like Paul gets slammed for wanting to bring back the US Constitution and the Bill of Right then this country is in bigger xxxx than you know.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is a big fat liar and would make a worse president than Bush/cheney.

Don't listen to what he says, look at what he does in the House!

If you read the bills that Ron Paul supports, you can come to only one conclusion, and it is not a very good one.

See for yourself:


Kevin Schmidt, Ojai CA

Anonymous said...

The NYT has become the Post. It's ethical value has long been one owned by corporate America.

The American public stopped depending on the Times for real Democratic journalism years ago...this story only shows the velocity of it's continued decline into the realm of irrelevence.

EvilPoet said...

Caveat emptor. Mark's Law of Monetary Equalization: A fool and your money are soon partners. (Source: Murphy's Law)

Cat's Cradle said...

Ron Paul bloodied himself by keeping money sent by Don Black, Stormfront founder and former Klansman,
http://eyeonhate.com/dixie1a.html (last item)
and then obliging Black by appearing in this photograph:

While the august NYT is in verification mode, will it press Paul on why he continues in secrecy mode?
From 1985 to 1992, he published the Ron Paul Political Report which became the Ron Paul Survival Reportin 1993.
Taking a leaf from the Book of Secrecy by Dick Cheney, Ron Paul steadfastly refuses to release those newsletters.

He asks for our vote. We ask him to stop hiding his newsletters so we may better understand who he is and what he represents.

We want to know if his newsletters are the basis of his reputation as the Voice of the Radical Right in Congress.

Did his newsletters prompt support from folks like this:

Cat's Cradle said...

there should be a blog note observing that urls that spill over into the margin are truncated.

or, the blogger should take pity and move the spilled over part of the url to the next line.


Cat's Cradle said...

To access two urls split in the note above, join the lines with no spaces:

Ron Paul bloodied himself...

Paul obliging Black...

Anonymous said...

Ron will get marginalized like Richardson, Edwards, Nader. I get calls here in Minnesota to subscribe to NYT. I decline saying, "I can't help it subscriptions are down, but I'm looking for news. Thanks for sitting on the domestic spying story 'til after the election."

shredder said...

Liberals are scared of the rule of law (Constitution) and their girls in the media got the memo to slander.

Think for yourself. Truth, rule of law, Dr. Ron Paul in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Don't be surprised. Just find who really runs the show there. And then just spread the word who they are. So who's gonna make who look bad?

Ernest Spoon said...

From The Des Moines Register 12/28/07

Minuteman leaders give support to Paul

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul Thursday picked up endorsements from several individual leaders of the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an anti-illegal immigration group.

Ron Duncan, the deputy director of the group's Iowa chapter, and Mark Land, Taylor County Minuteman leader, each offered the Texas congressman their personal endorsements.

Craig Halverson, director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Iowa chapter, said the group as a whole will not endorse a candidate, but its members are free to support candidates as private citizens.

Halverson declined to provide the membership numbers of Tancredo's citizens group or the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, but described the state's Minuteman branch as one of the nation's fastest-growing chapters.


Vigilante said...

Administrator, Can you save me the trouble of looking up the link to the NYT web site item?