Things got heated between Ron Paul and CNN’s Gloria Borger Wednesday when she pressed him over his old, inflammatory newsletters. “I didn’t write them, I didn’t read them at the time, and I disavow them. That’s it,” Paul snapped.
Paul comes off sounding like a cranky old man. “I never read that stuff, I was probably aware of it ten years after it was written. And it’s been going on twenty years that people have pestered me about this. CNN does every single time. When are you going to wear yourself out?”
The Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes dubbed Borger “a good journalist” for pressing Paul to explain the newsletters. “These things are pretty incendiary,” Borger told Paul, who replied, “because of people like you” before taking off his mic and walking out of the interview.
The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates is unsatisfied with Paul’s “I didn’t write it” excuse:
I think an honest reckoning with that defense would have someone question the faculties of an adult who would allow a newsletter filled–by Paul’s own admission–with bigotry to be published under one’s name … It is a peculiar thing when the basic standards of honesty and decency are lowered in direct proportion to the power one seeks to wield.
But Ron Paul’s stance on his newsletters has changed over time, as, the Atlantic Wire’s Elspeth Reeve pointed out on Thursday. In a 1995 interview with CSPAN (which just so happened to pop up on YouTube on December 20), Ron Paul was much more eager to discuss his newsletters and their contents, and said:
Along with that I also put out a political – type of business investment newsletter, sort of covered all these areas. And it covered a lot about what was going on in Washington and financial