Ron Paul quits CNN interview after questions about racist newsletters

By | December 22, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul abruptly ended an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger yesterday after she asked him about racist newsletters published under his name in the 1980s and 1990s.

When Borger questioned Paul about profit he reportedly made from the newsletters, some of which contained prejudiced statements about African Americans and conspiracy theories about AIDS, Paul protested that he “never read that stuff.”

“I was probably aware of it ten years after it was written,” he said. “It’s been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time. So when are you going to wear yourself out?”

Borger responded that the newsletters, whose titles included Ron Paul’s Political Report and Ron Paul’s Freedom Report and were written in the first person, were “pretty incendiary.”

“Because of people like you,” Paul said, before removing his microphone and walking off the interview.

“He clearly thinks it’s irrelevant. He thinks it’s been asked and answered,” Borger later told Wolf Blitzer. “It’s clearly a question he’d rather not be asked.”

Among the statements included in the newsletters was, according to The Atlantic, an assertion that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and “seduced underage girls and boys.” Another said, “I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

In a 1995 C-SPAN interview, uncovered by Mediaite, Paul acknowledges the newsletter, which he described as a “business investment newsletter that sort of covered…a lot about what was going on in Washington, and financial events, and especially some of the monetary events.” (Reuters)

  • Ron Paul retired from Congress and turned over publication of his ‘Newsletter (which back then were primarily a means of retaining address lists of supporters) to a staffer. He then went into private OB/GYN Practice, which is rather time-consuming, to say the least. While refusing to accept Medicaid and instead providing reduced or FREE services to those who weren’t able to pay, he didn’t pay much attention to the Newsletter. When he was apprised of the things appearing under his name, he immediately shut down the Newsletter and fired the staffer. The MOST he can be rightly accused of is benign neglect. While logically taking no responsibility for, and disavowing the CONTENT of the newsletters, he sincerely apologized to his Constituents and his supporters. That apparently was good enough for voters, who returned him repeatedly to the House for several consecutive terms.Can ANYONE dispute what I have just said in a logical and non-combative manner? These allegations have long been discredited as political smear-campaign propaganda, yet continue to show up when Dr. Paul’s opponents see an opportunity to unfairly smear him. There exists NO audio or video tape from the last 30+ years that would corroborate this unfair characterization of Ron Paul, nor is there ANYONE whom Dr. Paul has known in his personal or political life that would EVER consider him even remotely ‘racist’. Yet his opponents know that innocent people can nowadays be dragged down by even an ACCUSATION of ‘racism’- no matter how far-fetched or untrue. So this sleazy tactic works, and those lazy journalists who only report it and fail to support their allegations are the ones who are guilty of racism, as FALSE allegations of racism diminish and demean the situations and persons of those who actually experience the tragedy and ugliness of REAL racism!

  • Nelson Lender, the director of the NAACP in Austin, Texas said last campaign that he’s known Ron Paul personally for 20 years and is sure he’s not a racist. Scott Horton interview with Nelson Lender:

  • PostSurgeOperative

    ‘Ron Paul and Associates, LLC’ was the publisher and distributor of Ron Paul’s series of newsletters. 7 out of 9 corporate Directors on the RP and A, LLC board were Paul family members — including Ron Paul himself (he was president of the board, according to records he filed in 1994, a year in which RP and A, LLC, reported earning over $900,000). His wife, Carol, was listed as Secretary of the Board; his daughter, Lori Pyeatt, was listed as Treasurer. By any standard, Directors of corporate boards are ultimately responsible for the acts of their corporation. If Ron Paul can’t be trusted to appoint effective, responsible individuals to his corporate boards, who should he be trusted with appointing Cabinet officers? If Ron Paul can’t be trusted to effectively manage a corporation that he himself founded and presided over as its President, why should anyone trust he could manage the responsibilities of being president of an entire nation?

  • PostSurgeOperative

    According to the interview, Mr. Linder only claims to have met Ron one time in person, and was once a guest with Ron Paul on a radio program — 20 years ago. He says that he has read some of Ron Paul’s writings, but not his newsletters.

    Given the extremely limited nature of Mr. Linder’s association with Ron Paul, it’s fair to conclude that his assessment of Paul’s true racial beliefs is hardly dispositive in this matter.