Ron Paul walks out of CNN interview over racist newsletter

Paul abandons interview concerning controversial newsletters

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) took off his microphone and left a contentious interview on Wednesday when a CNN reporter asked repeatedly about racist articles published in his newsletter in the 1980s and 1990s.

“It’s been going on 20 years that I’ve been pestered about this and CNN does it every time,” Paul said, clearly adjitated by the line of questioning. “When are you going to wear yourself out?”

The Texas congressman said that the articles – which did not carry a byline – were written by his publishing staff and that he did not know about them at the time.

“I didn’t write them, I didn’t read them at the time, and I disavow them. That is the answer,” Paul said.

When CNN reporter Gloria Berger defended her questioning as legitimate – noting that some of the articles were “pretty incendiary” – Paul began to remove his microphone.

The newsletters, mainly a forum for essay’s on Paul’s brand of libertarianism, once referred to Martin Luther King Jr. as “the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and who “seduced underage girls and boys.”

In another article, the author writes that “given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

The newsletters have long been an issue for Paul. In 2008, the congressman explained that he did not know who had written the offending essays and that they did not represent his views.

Before leaving the CNN interview, Paul admitted to having made money off the publication of the materials, but disputed a report in the New Republic that he had earned more than $1 million from the newsletter.

It’s been an open secret for years that Ron Paul is a nutjob libertarian. But he has a small army of dedicated supporters (aka “Paultards”) who donate to his campaigns and who vote for him in straw polls, boosting his early numbers. I’m guessing the GOP let Paul hang around and treated him like a second-tier contender in hopes that they wouldn’t alienate his supporters for the general election.

Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses Paul’s “Old News” more in detail here. It’s some ugly stuff.

If he didn’t write them, who did? It was his newsletter. Who was on his publishing staff?

Expect to hear more about this topic in the next few weeks and days.

BTW – As you might guess from the title on the video, it was posted by a Paultard.

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16 Responses to Ron Paul walks out of CNN interview over racist newsletter

  1. yttik says:

    But everything is like a really bad TV re-run! I had this discussion four years ago and again two years ago. Those newsletters are not a secret. They’re kind of like Newt’s affairs. It was gross enough the first time around, now the media is going to wrap it in shiny packaging and call it the “new and improved controversy.” I don’t see how rehashing things from 30 yrs ago helps anybody get a better understanding of the candidates.

    • crawdad says:

      Most people know very little about Ron Paul.

      That’s about to change.

      • Dennis says:

        You are correct. And as they do, his poll numbers will rise. I believe the saying is:

        “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

        He’s an old white guy. Therefore, he must be a racist. Is there no possibility that he did not know about it?

        Ron Paul is the Anti-Racist candidate. And I would also submit, that if he did approve the articles (I’m not saying that he did), that people should be allowed to grow and make corrections. He has stated that he has already answered these questions of the same network in a previous interview (1 day prior).

        I would also say that to believe in someone that goes against the status quo make him a nutjob? I think not.

        If you read the Consititution, it clearly states the role of government. Anything outside of that is not authorized. Political parties and lobbyists have been increasing the size and scope of government for years.

        It’s evident that as people are starting to wake up to the reality that is upon us and we want a different path. Remember 2008 – hope and change? Not too much of either.

        Ron Paul’s mantra is correct. We will either change our ways because we want a better future or we will bankrupt ourselves and be forced to make the same changes. I choose 2012. RP!

    • The Obama media are replacing GOP primary voters by eliminating all the candidates. If the media would have done their job on Obama, Hillary would be president. The only thing I know about Obama is that he is the worst president ever, and the U.S. media still aren’t reporting that!

  2. 1539days says:

    Obviously, with Ron Paul doing as well as he is, it was time to knock him down. He’s not going to be able to take it, either.

    I was listening to a (conservative) radio host talking about Ron Paul supporters. They speak from the same script. They never think about political reality. They consider a man who’s been in Congress for a quarter century an “outsider.”

    I heard a Republican strategist explain that House leadership never tries to get his vote on an issue. They know he’ll never change his mind and they don’t feel particularly beholden to him, either. Congress would be much better if it were made up 0f 435 independent thinkers, but not if it were 435 Ron Pauls.

  3. His newsletter, his staff, he’s article. It’s not pretty. I assume if he remains the front runner, we’ll hear a bit more. Politics is a rough sport when you’re not the media darling.

  4. WMCB says:

    This is old news to me, but probably not to the general public. However, I do think it’s sleazy of the media to treat it like a shiny new “scandal” when it’s old hat and RP has repeatedly answered questions about it.

    • 1539days says:

      Every single person running for president gets asked about the past they want to forget constantly and repeatedly. The only exception is Obama, where the media has been coerced into not asking shit about his crimes.

  5. Lulu says:

    The press enforced their ideological authority over the public in the prior election by selectively reporting on Obama. They left out the enormous amount of negative information pertinent to making an informed choice both in primaries and the general election. Then they took anything they could find on his opposition and blew it out of proportion to take down anyone who wanted to inform or discuss him. It has diminishing returns as people are aware of their tactics and Obama’s abilities and character. Their own fate is tied with his and both look weaker and lamer every day.

  6. Three Wickets says:

    My opinon of Ron Paul hasn’t changed in 25 years. He’s a nutjob who gets away with saying ridiculous and sometimes offensive things because people write him off as a nutjob. If he’s leading in Iowa, he’s going to have to explain these ridiculous things to a broader national audience. Most people still don’t know him.

    Paul is good for DNC/OFA though, whether he wins the GOP nomination or he runs third party. Basically we seem to be playing whack-a-mole with the Republican primary season. The GOP serves someone up with a burst of good “polling” and the liberal mainstream media takes the person down. The two candidates the liberal media hasn’t gone after with conviction is Paul and Romney. Paul because the liberal media is sure they can beat him. Romney because the liberal media wouldn’t be unhappy with a Romney win. The liberal (and conservative media) will decide the election next year.

  7. wirelesspacket says:

    This is the full uncut video from CNN posted on

    The video does not show Ron Paul storming off in a frenzy. This is the full uncut interview. The footage shown on CNN’s website and on television has been edited to look as if Dr. Paul stormed off after being asked a question about the newsletters. I find this blog post to be bogus and nonsensical. – 500k views and counting.

    The media is trying to spin anything negative; even if they do not have definitive proof. The fine Dr. Paul does not flip flop, he is firm on his positions and you always know where he stands.

    He stands for Freedom and the Constitution!

  8. Zaladonis says:

    He’s right, Ron Paul did not storm out of that interview. And it’s reasonable to wonder what the MSM lying and pile on is about.

    It’s clear the MSM has been trying to ruin him the past two or three weeks with moldy old stuff that’s irrelevant today. Going after him as racist and homophobic, geez could it be any more obvious?

    I had no intention of voting for Ron Paul, he’s certainly not my cup of tea, but watching this unfold definitely makes me take a second look at what about Ron Paul would make the Obama-loving MSM want to bring him down.

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