January 7, 2012
A YouTube video posing as a political ad is the latest effort to chip away at candidate Ron Paul’s rising popularity. The video shows candidate John Huntsman talking Chinese to his adopted daughter and questions his patriotism.
Huntsman was U.S. ambassador to China before entering the GOP race. He has trailed in the race behind Paul, Romney and Santorum.
Ron Paul responded to criticism by stating that he had nothing to do with the video. “I couldn’t even hear it, haven’t looked at it, but people do that, and they do it in all campaigns,” Paul said on Friday.
While the establishment media makes it appear the video is the work of dangerous Ron Paul supporters – invariably characterized as kooks, libertarian fanatics, or truthers – research by The End Run website reveals that the video may be a false flag possibly created by the Huntsman campaign itself:
The video was uploaded by a user called “NHLiberty4Paul” on Wednesday, January 4. A quick look at the user’s channel page (archived here as a backup) shows that the account was created the exactly same day that the video was uploaded. This brand new, anonymous user has, of course, zero other uploads.
Furthermore, according to the publicly-viewable stats provided by YouTube, the very first place this video was posted was Jon Huntsman’s campaign website, Jon2012.com. This was done on November 4, the very day the video was uploaded to YouTube, and before the video had received any traffic from other sites. (Emphasis in original.)
Huntsman’s campaign immediately criticized the anonymous video and demanded that Ron Paul disavow it, which he did. “The ad is offensive and the Paul campaign and their supporters should condemn it,” Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller told The Salt Lake Tribune.
On Thursday, the Paul haters seized the video as evidence of the supposed vileness of Ron Paul’s supporters. Leon H. Wolf, a Red State blogger, steered the controversy back into the false right-left paradigm used to keep political discussion within parameters acceptable to the ruling elite.
“Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, complete with what is I guess supposed to be a Chinese version of blackface,” Wolf writes.
The Washington Post – known as the crown jewel of Operation Mockingbird – also trawled the crazy Ron Paul supporter line in an effort to discredit Paul.
“One of the best arguments against Ron Paul? The people who support him.,” writes Alexandra Petri. She immediately connects the long ago debunked racist newsletters critics have doggedly attempted to attribute to Paul.
On the internet, she continues, “it is intensely easy to make an egregiously bad ad and get a great deal of attention very quickly, and no one need know who you are.” Of course, she fails to mention that it was Huntsman’s campaign and anti-Paul bloggers who drew attention to the suspicious video.
“Our experience with Ron Paul supporters makes it possible for us to believe that this is the work of a Ron Paul supporter. And when you’re the candidate of such fans, it’s a bad sign,” Petri writes.
Both Fox News and CNN felt compelled to run the “ad” on national television. It also provided Huntsman’s family the opportunity to go on television and promote the candidate who has trailed in the polls for weeks.
“Meanwhile, this story has generated more positive press for Huntsman than money could buy. Endearing images of him with his adopted daughters are all over the media, along with quotes of him explaining how he heroically saved them from a bleak fate,” notes The End Run.
Despite the actual responsibly for the video, the controversy is strategically placed as the race heads into the New Hampshire primary. Arrayed anti-Paul forces are determined to take him down during the primary so Romney can sail into the South Carolina and Florida primaries without having to worry about Ron Paul and his talk about constitutionally limited government and ending the wars enthusiastically supported by the other candidates.