Media Campaign Against Ron Paul ContinuesSubmitted by lastmovement on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 04:51
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 [b]Ron Paul's Campaign Is a Family Business, FEC Reports Show[/b]
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: