Media Campaign Against Ron Paul Continues

Next in line after the New York Times, the Washington Post continues the mainstream media’s shrill smear campaign against Ron Paul in an article entitled “Ron Paul’s Campaign Is a Family Business, FEC Reports Show“.

The mischaracterization begins right in the first sentence:

By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 27, 2008; Page A03

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has built a national following largely by preaching an isolationist foreign policy.

Isolationism is a “loaded word” and the article fails to clarify the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism:

Non-interventionism is a foreign policy which holds that political rulers should avoid alliances with other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial self-defense.

Isolationism is non-interventionism combined with economic nationalism (protectionism). Some non-interventionists are not isolationists. America’s founding fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, favored non-interventionism combined with free trade and free cultural exchange.

What is the origin of this common misunderstanding? Quite possibly John McCain, who famously claimed in a Presidential debate that the type of isolationism allegedly advocated by Ron Paul is what brought Hitler (!) to power:

Ron Paul cannot possibly be an isolationist because he strongly favors free trade and diplomacy. He asserts that the United States should trade and talk with everyone, that free trade promotes democracy and that economic embargoes actually create dictators and allow them to stay in power by giving them the opportunity to blame an external scapegoat (America) for all their problems.

During the Spanish-language Univision debate in Miami, after his opponents did their best to pander to Hispanic voters, Ron Paul courageously expressed this very stance, and it wasn’t too well received by audience members who still have an axe to grind with their countries of origin:

In summary, Ron Paul is a non-interventionist, not an isolationist.

The Washington Post continues:

Stick with your own kind, says the maverick presidential candidate.

That’s the end of the first paragraph, and we’ve already been told that Ron Paul is an “isolationist” who wants us to “stick with our own kind”. That almost sounds like racism! But here’s a quote straight from Ron Paul:

“Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.

It is baffling how anyone but a trained propagandist with ulterior motives could describe this philosophy as “Stick with your own kind, says the maverick presidential candidate.”

After this brief “introduction” to Ron Paul, the article further descends into insinuation and innuendo and describes how Ron Paul convinced members of his family to work on his Presidential campaign – a perfectly legal practice, as long as family members are qualified for the job and are paid the going rate for their work:

There are no laws prohibiting candidates from hiring relatives, though the Federal Election Commission does require family members to be qualified for the job and be paid the going rate for their work. Melanie Sloan of the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said her organization has twice issued reports critical of the practice among members of Congress.

“This was never intended to be a family business,” Sloan said. “The reason this is troubling is that it’s not clear to donors whether their campaign donations are really going to support the candidacy or to support the family.”

Sloan said this was not the first time Paul has hired relatives to perform campaign work on his behalf. The group found payments to daughter Lori Pyeatt during his three previous congressional races, and payments to grandson Matthew Pyeatt and daughter Joy LeBlanc during Paul’s 2004 congressional campaign.

The author then crows how Ron Paul paid his “extended brood” (direct quote) the following amounts of money over the course of his campaign:

  • Wayne Paul (accountants): $38,894.10
  • Lori Paul Pyeatt: $27,864.44
  • Nora LeBlanc: $25,655.66
  • Valori Pyeatt (manages fundraising receptions): $17,156.71
  • Matthew Pyeatt (manages MySpace profile): $3,250.88
  • Laura Paul (handles orders for merchandise): $2,723.61
  • Peggy Paul (campaign logistics): $2,224.14
  • Robert Paul (campaign travel, appearing at political events): $375.00
  • Randall Paul (campaign travel, appearing at political events): $345.55

Included on the list of Ron Paul’s “extended brood” is Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s Communications Manager:

“You always think about those kinds of things,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman and, it just so happens, the fiance of one of the candidate’s granddaughters (he has been paid $54,573).

However, Jesse Benton and Ron Paul’s granddaughter actually met while working on the campaign, a fact conveniently ignored by the author.

The article continues in the same spirit and while there are no specific accusations made, you can’t help but take away the impression that Ron Paul did “something” wrong. What exactly that’s supposed to be isn’t made clear.

But what is the reality?

Ron Paul followed both the letter and the spirit of the law. If anything, he paid his relatives way too little to compensate them for disrupting their lives and helping him out. There’s no doubt they could have made a lot more money by working elsewhere.

Additionally, the Washington Post’s article completely fails to mention Ron Paul’s decades-long record of financial frugality. Ron Paul…

  • Always refused to participate in the lucrative congressional pension system, labeling it “immoral”.
  • Returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
  • Sent three of his children to medical school with no student loans.
  • Runs a debt-free and fiscally conservative campaign.
  • Refused Federal Matching Funds for his campaign with the quote “I don’t take stolen money“.

Please help us set the record straight about Ron Paul and his continuing work for freedom on behalf of all of us.

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  • Wilma

    Glad to hear others have their thinking caps on and can sort out the imposters. Most of the Illegals that are here do not want to be an American just want the hand outs they get. They are destroying our culture and pushing on us their 3rd world problems and most of the people we have elected are all for it. Ron Paul stands for what the majority of AMERICANS want. Obey our Constitution enforce our laws already on the books. Secure our Borders he will stand up for AMERICA. MORE POWER TO HIM. McCain is another Democrate Agree? We don’t have a choice in this election The Choice has been made. But WAIT the PEOPLE’S voice is coming out. Loud and CLEAR. RON PAUL all the way.

  • Wanda Piety

    Great rebuttle article! If you consider that God does bring to light all things held in darkness, then you know that Ron Paul has been ordained by God to shed light on that darkness. What a great mirror he is and the stark contrast of the GOOD he represents vs the EVIL they represent becomes more poignant every day. He makes the Larry Kings and Sean Hannity’s of the media look darker and darker every time they open their lying mouths.

    Ron Paul WILL win this presidential election. Just like when Francis Scott Key was on that ship, watching all the bombs exploding all around him, he wrote the song that represents our freedom and nation.

    In the Bible we’re told to not look at the circumstances around us, but to keep our eyes, hearts and minds focused on God and what we know HIS truth to be, God’s will, and it was God’s will to bring this United States into being through men who cherished the principles and Word of God. If Ron Paul is anything, he is the embodiment of all our founding fathers and the direct will of God to protect the nation that HE established. Ron Paul WILL be the 44th President of the United States.

    Ron Paul for President 2008!

    Ron Paul for re-election 2012!

  • These kinds of negative attacks are a positive sign!! Looks like the ‘light’ of Liberty has the CFR one worlder’s ‘darkness’ feeling the pangs of fear. Jesus said some things about light expelling the dark.

    I am going to post this article & spread the word.


  • Don’t worry!

    Dear Rand,

    Dear Ron,

    Don’t be angry! These attacks are just a testament to your growing success.

    Do you see any newspapers attacking Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson? No, because they failed and are being forgotten.

    The media’s game is up and we can look through the deception.

    Keep up the great work.

    Rand Paul for President 2016

  • Expose the Warmongers!

    The globalist elite is running scared. At a recent meeting of the Trilateral Commission, Ron Paul was singled out and targeted for just these kinds of attacks:


    While they are confident they can deal with any “potential president,” the Trilateralists paid huge tribute to Ron Paul in an equally large twist of irony, by expressing alarm that he is causing “significant future damage.”

    They expressed concern that Paul’s rallies have attracted multitudes of young people who are getting “their political education.” They want Republicans to pressure Paul to drop out now and stop his education rallies. This assignment was given to Thomas Foley, former U.S. House speaker.

    The reasons Paul’s “education campaign” strikes fear into Trilateral hearts are obvious. Paul would refuse to surrender an ounce of U.S. sovereignty to an international organization and TC wants world government.

    Paul would immediately bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, Afghanistan and from 130 UN “peacekeeping” missions around the globe. TC wants to enjoy war profiteering and global power. Paul would abolish the federal income tax while the TC wants to pile on a global tax payable to the UN.

    The formal agenda was loaded with everything Paul and American patriots detest: higher taxes, more foreign giveaways, more immigration, both legal and illegal, into the United States and “engaging Iran,” among others.

    The CEO of the Washington Post is a member of the Trilateral Commission:

    Donald E. Graham CEO of The Washington Post Company Washington, D.C.

    Put one and one together and you see where all this hatred, slander and misinformation is coming from.

  • Rand Paul Responds

    Writes Rand Paul: “The Washington Post recently claimed that I was paid to be a surrogate speaker for my father, Ron Paul. This is an outright lie.

    “I was never paid to speak for my father. In fact, the vast majority of the time, I was not even reiumbursed for expenses. I travelled to St. Louis, Paducah, Elizabethtown, South Carolina, Nashville, Louisville, Washington, DC, and New Hampshire (four times) at my own expense. I paid to transport my entire family to New Hampshire to go door-to-door for my father.

    “I never received any salary from the campaign. The campaign did pay my air fare (coach) to Montana for two speeches.

    “They say we should take solace in the fact that Ron Paul is still important enough to attack, but I’m still too mad to be mollified.”

  • Syz

    Ron Paul’s book The Revolution: A Manifesto is excellent. He states you can count on the typical party debates to be reduced to insignificance. All those of intellect and a love of country are refused entry to news and tv media because they know they’ll lose their jobs if our Nation knows the truth.

    They ignore Michael Savage for the same reason and we now have Bob Barr also ready to join all our forces.

    We are 75 million strong in our support for Michael Savage who champions the environment and animal rights.

    He holds a Master’s degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Epidemiology and Nutrional Science. He spent decades searching and saving tropical rainforests, yet the media gives us Andrea Mitchell, but no Michael Savage. What’s wrong with this picture.

    We get O’Really instead of Ron Paul, We get all the old dogs of liberalism trying to sell lies. Sorry, truth obviously sells via Paul, Barr and Savage.

    The Revolution has begun, 87% of us stopped the original illegal amnesty and the duboi port take over, now let’s finally stop the one party system who has just voted back in the amnesty we refused to accept. Get your pocket books out pro-Americans and give these true Patriots of this Nation our last dollar for Freedom while the Jesters continue to take ours for their own pockets.

  • John

    I’ve just started reading “A Foreign Policy of Freedom…” and the sheer common sense of it is staggering. That’s the problem, the media is wedded to the status quo and what they can’t, or won’t, understand they attack. Cliches are easy to listen to and easy to report but when someone comes along with substance that makes the readers and reporters move out of their comfort zones and ask real questions in search of real answers, well then that person is labeled a “crank” etc..

    I hope that Ron Paul runs as an independent in this years election. He probably won’t win but he will change the debate and I won’t have to choose between which candidate will hurt me less.

  • Katie

    Once people wake up, they can’t go back to sleep. My husband and I used to watch the news 24/7, but when we finally saw the lies of the media, we haven’t watched ANY television for 4 months! We are spending less money(surprise) and we have more time to read and figure out how to continue the revolution. We do belong to NETFLIX so we can watch The Office and Andy Griffith (streamed) when we want. But we don’t watch commercials, I don’t know how many actors have died from an overdose, or who is dating whom-it’s awesome! My brain is finally starting to get the cobwebs out and I give Ron Paul full credit for that!

  • Carl

    Let’s see if I got this right:

    The U.S. government spent an estimated $523 billion of forcibly extracted taxpayer monies on an illegal war of aggression that was based on complete lies.

    That’s about 4.4 million times as much as Ron Paul paid his hardworking relatives from his supporters’ voluntary donations.

    Yet instead of telling the truth about the war, the Washington Post attacks and smears Ron Paul, the only candidate who actually wants to stop the war and bring all our troops home.

    Someone appears to be very, very afraid that the Ron Paul Revolution could gain momentum and reach the point of no return. He’s finally catching on, I’m telling ya.