Saturday, May 19, 2007

In Defense of Michelle Malkin

Well, it seems that Mrs M's comments to John Gibson about Ron Paul in the debate have gotten some people's backs up. Andrew Sullivan writes:

This dialogue between John Gibson and Michelle Malkin actually takes it as a premise that Ron Paul stated that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance.

But if you read the exchange very carefully, neither Malkin nor Gibson say that. Gibson uses the poll as a lead-in to talking about Paul:

According to a recent Rasmussen Report poll, 35 percent of Democrats think President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand. The so-called 9/11 Truth Movement has already infected people like Rosie O'Donnell and one in three Democrats, and many other people, Americans evidently, including Congressman Ron Paul.

Mrs M:

I'm glad that this moment provided great TV for FOX News — it was a very instructive exchange — but Ron Paul really has no business being on stage as a legitimate representative of Republicans, because the 9/11 truth virus is something that infects only a very small proportion of people that would identify themselves as conservative or Republican. And as you say, John, this is far more prevalent, this strain of 9/11 truth virus, on the left, and in much of the mainstream of the Democratic Party as that Rasmussen poll showed.

Both of them associated Paul with the Truthers, but they did not directly say he was one himself (Gibson certainly implies it). And not coincidentally, that's exactly what Ron Paul does; associate himself with the Truthers but does not directly say he's one himself.

Back in January, Paul appeared on the Alex Jones show:

CALLER: I want a complete, impartial, and totally independent investigation of the events of September 11, 2001 . I'm tired of this bogus garbage about terrorism. Ask Michael Meacher about how he feels about this bogus war on terrorism. Can you comment on that please?

RON PAUL: Well, that would be nice to have. Unfortunately, we don't have that in place. It will be a little bit better now with the Democrats now in charge of oversight. But you know, for top level policy there's not a whole lot of difference between the two policies so a real investigation isn't going to happen. But I think we have to keep pushing for it. And like you and others, we see the investigations that have been done so far as more or less cover-up and no real explanation of what went on.

JACK BLOOD, GUEST HOST: I think it's fair to say that of all the candidates out there, the one most interested in reopening the investigation and clearing the questions is Dr. Paul; and you should be commended for that.

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