Let the Mud Slinging Begin: US News & World Report Attacks Ron Paul…
Further to our article examining the media’s treatment of Ron Paul, there’s an amusing article in US News & World Report today: a person who they identify as a Ron Paul “supporter” has “announced” he will be placing an ad asking people (“Are you a stripper, an escort or just a ‘young hottie'”) to come forward who have had sex with Texas Governor and Presidential hopeful Rick Perry. The article is titled “Sex Ad Hurts Ron Paul More Than Rick Perry” and is written by Peter Roff.
Let’s examine this a bit further:
- No ad has yet been placed – the person has simply “announced” the intention to place such an ad. I am announcing that I am twenty-three feet tall and excel at badminton (neither statements is true, but I am “announcing” them nonetheless);
- The person (Robert Morrow) is described as a Ron Paul “supporter”. Note that this differs significantly and materially from a Ron Paul “representative” or “agent”. Are there people who voted for Obama (ie “supporters”) who have subsequently raped children? I suppose there could well be; that does not make such a person a “spokesman” for, or a “representative” of, Obama. Same applies here;
- The article goes on to state: “The Paul supporters are known to be a dedicated bunch—some might even call them fanatics”. US News and World Report is known to be a fringe media source. Some might even call them flat out paid shills. See what we did there?
- Have a look at the title of the article: “Sex Ad Hurts Ron Paul More Than Rick Perry”. There is no sex ad, Ron Paul’s campaign has nothing to do with the supposed ad, and even if the ad existed, we do not know if it would hurt Mr Paul more than Mr Perry, or Mr Perry more than Mr Paul, or both equally or not at all.
The article is, in short, a public relations piece – in this case, an anti-Ron Paul bit of PR.
By way of background, US News & World Report is a declining media property (they reduced their print publications repeatedly, before abandoning regular print runs entirely as of December 2010), whose Editor-In-Chief, Mortimer B. Zuckerman (real estate tycoon worth an estimate $2.1bn USD and noted supporter of Jewish causes), is a significant contributor to Democrats (of a reported $63,000 in campaign contributions, Mr Zuckerman gave $42,700 to Democrats and most of the balance to independents. He also contributed to Senator Al Franken’s (D – Minnesota) recount fund, Gary Hart’s (D) Presidential campaign and contributed at least once to Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D) Presidential run (as well as at least three other contributions to Senator Kennedy’s runs for the Senate)). Mr Zuckerman once claimed to have helped write an Obama speech, before backtracking. Some might say he is a mouthpiece of the Democratic Party.