American Chronicle Pulls Ron Paul Attack Article

First email:

We have removed his opinion piece and are considering a denial of account

- Jorge

Support Staff
American Chronicle | California Chronicle
PO Box 6158
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Second email:

Thanks for this. As mentioned in a previous email, we have removed the
opinion piece. We do NOT want opinion articles like the one Mr. Sumcad
provided released on our site, and we are considering the denial of his
account privileges because he has been trouble before. We appreciate and
welcome your intention to forward your letter (and our replies) to any
organizations that will improve the journalism profession. We hope that
when/if they do carry your letter, they will also use our policy (and
response to violations of that policy) as a model for other websites. We
only regret that the opinion piece had to appear on our site in the first
place. We know that there are many other places on the Internet where his
articles appear. Nevertheless, we do NOT want them on OUR site. Thank you
for taking the time to alert us. We hope you use the deletion of the Sumcad
article for as much "mileage" as you can for your candidate. You may publish
our response any place you wish.

- Jorge

Support Staff
American Chronicle | California Chronicle
PO Box 6158
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Many thanks goes to Spirit of '76 from the Ron Paul Forums who wrote the following email to the Chronicle:

Dear Editors,

I understand that your editorial policy expressly prohibits vitriolic language, which you define as "language of extreme bitterness and malignancy of temper", which "includes rancor (deep-seated ill-will) and/or spiteful, poisonous, or noxious language."

I am writing to inform you of a most egregious violation of this policy on the part of a Mr. Edwin Sumcad in his attempt at an article entitled "Most Despised GOP Presidential Aspirant Used By Haters Of America To Air Chips On the Shoulder", article number 30953. In this piece of writing, Mr. Sumcad airs his grievances against Congressman Ron Paul in a very disturbing manner.

As if the title alone were not evidence of the vitriolic nature of this screed, we see that within the first two paragraphs of this piece, Mr. Sumcad refers to Dr. Paul's supporters as "incorrigible haters of America and . . . congenital bangers of whatever America represents" and likens expressions of support for Congressman Paul to a "chronic disorder" that can only be relieved when "hatred is puked out of the system".

Leaving aside his misrepresentations of Congressman Paul's message and agenda, we can see that he goes on in paragraph six to again insult Dr. Paul's supporters by likening them to "social lepers in the Bible" and saying that they "they are very toxic to American voters who abhor them".

The venom does not stop flowing at paragraph six, however. In paragraph nine he leaves off insulting Dr. Paul's supporters long enough to throw a few pot-shots at Dr. Paul himself. Here we see that he refers to the congressman as "an 'oddball' that has risen from the catacomb of Hell".

In the next paragraph he returns to slandering Dr. Paul's supporters by accusing them of being "haters of America" suffering from "chronic anxiety or OCD". Immediately after that, in the one short sentence that makes up paragraph ten, he accuses Congressman Paul's supporters of having "no brain".

In paragraph thirteen he adds bigotry to his bag of tricks when he refers to Congressman Paul's followers discussing matters of economics as "hillbillies" who "think that they had become Keynesian experts in macroeconomics overnight".

In paragraph fifteen he again accuses Dr. Paul's supporters of lacking "any brain here anyone can see" because of their stance on the continuation of military operations in Iraq.

Do you see a pattern here? The rest of the article devolves into a barely coherent mass of insults wherein we see Dr. Paul called a "scatterbrain", a "loquacious windtalker", an "extraterrestrial idol", and a "hater". Further insults are thrown at the congressman's supporters as well.

In a supreme twist of irony, near the end of this bizarre diatribe, Sumcad takes a break from spewing venom at Dr. Paul long enough to offer to offer to tutor Dr. Paul in "the rudiments of protocol, diplomatic niceties and international leadership [to refine his language as a congressman who wants to be President of the United States]" and pledges to help provide the congressman with a "special makeover" of "his vulgar public persona".

As if the clear vitriol were not bad enough, the sheer number of typographical, grammatical, and idiomatic errors found in the article do no service to the American Chronicle's editorial reputation. This is certainly not an article of which your publication can be proud.

I hope that you will stand by your editorial standards, as this is without doubt a clear violation of your policy regarding vitriol. I urge you to take steps to protect your reputation as a credible journalistic publication by removing this article from your archives and/or printing an apology to Congressman Paul and his numerous supporters.

Thank you for your consideration.

Most sincerely,
etc. etc. etc.

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Having it removed is a serious mistake

I agree that Sumcad's diatribe is slanted and trashy in more ways than one. However, having it removed is not the proper approach. Once removed, all that will remain is the fact that it was suppressed. We've been rightly complaining about suppression of pro-RP articles and comments. Now we have undermined our standing by having a critic censored, instead of just pointing out its flaws (which shouldn't be too hard, should it?).
Editorial policies be damned. Don't suppress, respond! Respect the reader. If you don't, good people may be turned off and may consider you no better than your opposition, or worse.
How you deal with your opponents says a lot more about you than about them. Don't yield the moral high ground. Reconsider the wisdom of having Sumcad's article removed and ask to have your comments published along side it instead.


I agree...

Anyone who would believe his drivel isn't worth trying to enlighten. Let reason run it's course. To have him silenced is to become that which you seek to destroy.

Reminds me of an old quote:

"We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson

Good RIddance

I see better written and more coherent articles on the "truther" sites. Glad to see the editors agree it was rubbish.

NoNoNo, it's Misean, not Keynesian!

Apparently too much party loyalty rots the brain.

For those who don't mind cybernecromancy, google cached the article:

The greatest part of reading it is he contradicts himself explaining how bad hatred is (and yes, it is one of the 7 deadly sins), and goes on to expose he suffers from it in a far more advanced, probably terminal (hence deadly sin) stage than any Ron Paul supporter.

Nor is there anything of substance or a single argument against, much less a reasonable attempt at refutation of any of Ron Paul's positions.

Ron Paul is the intellectual star outshining the candidates of both parties.

His support is more diverse across demographic lines.

He is the anti-flipper having been consistent during his entire career.

Even his positions can be debated on merit, though it would be far tougher as it would require very clear thinking to even get a wedge into Dr. Paul's intellectual fortress, or it requires admitting you're a communist and want the USA to become a version of the old USSR complete with KGB and military, but with hi-tech consumer goods. I think Bush said the terrorists hate our freedoms, but in that case, Bush is with the terrorists.

Jesus hung out with the lepers, Ed

Co-opting 1776 is a sport. I think we have home field advantage.

Elitist hack.

Spirit of 76 that was a

Spirit of 76 that was a really great letter to the American Chronicle. I had read the article by Scumcad (sorry typo) last week and in my ire sent Scumbag (typo again) a personal e-mail below.

How you ever received any awards for excellence in journalism is beyond belief if your article "Most Despised GOP Presidential Aspirant Used By Haters Of America To Air Chips On the Shoulder" is an example.

United Nations Participation Act of December 20, 1945 was Unconstitutional at its inception.

Tell the TRUTH, Use non-interventionist instead of isolationist.

Oh and by the way there are a great deal more than a handful of supporters and growing everyday and we are tired of you and your ilk.

P.S. Scumbags e-mail addy is:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.
Thomas Jefferson

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

Hateful letter

That man is sick. He needs help. Why in the world would anyone write such a hateful letter. God bless Ron Paul

Sumcad on Paul

Never thought it would be pulled but it was horrendous so I'm glad it was.

This is the kind of people the UN spawns, I'm afraid to say, and why we need to get OUT of the UN..

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