LIE:

Ron Paul is a member of the so-called "9/11 Truth Movement."

 

TRUTH:

Ron Paul has never said anything supporting the ideas promoted in the “9/11 Truth Movement, and in fact has said that he doesn’t see any factual basis for such claims.

 

The so-called “9/11 Truth Movement” is a movement that started almost immediately after the events of September 11th, 2001, and promotes the belief that the United States was directly responsible for the attacks on that day; that the government in one manner or another orchestrated the events of that day for its own ends. This belief has become more and more popular, mainly via the Internet, but also through rallies and other grassroots communications, and popularized by the documentary “Loose Change” and distributions such as websites, documentaries, and radio programs produced by Alex Jones and Alex Jones Productions, including InfoWars.com and PrisonPlanet.com. Without getting into the legitimacy of such claims, the point is that Dr. Ron Paul himself has never said anything promoting such claims. His being labeled as a part of this movement instead stems from

 

1)     his comments made about blowback in the South Carolina Republican debates,

 

2)     his appearances on Alex Jones radio program, and

 

3)     the fact that a percentage of Ron Paul’s supporters personally believe in some form of a conspiracy surrounding 9/11.

 

His comments about blowback have already been addressed in another article, but suffice it to say that Ron Paul never said that the United States was directly responsible for the events on that day. Rather, that our nation’s foreign policies, when we intervene in the affairs of other countries, carry unforeseen consequences, necessitating that we act with caution, and making non-intervention a much better option.

 

 

 

As far as appearing on Alex Jones’ radio program, or the fact that Ron Paul has supporters who subscribe to 9/11 conspiracies, neither of those, clearly, have any bearing on Ron Paul’s own views on the matter. Rather it is an issue of being “guilty by association.” The fact of the matter is that questions about the events of September 11th are being asked by more and more people, and the people suspected of involvement are often neo-conservatives who are in power. This is not to say those views are correct, but it still translates to more votes from a specific segment of the American people, especially for a candidate that is at direct odds with the administration, and those that support that administration. Thus, difference in political views plays a role.

 

Furthermore, the idea that because Ron Paul has been interviewed on a certain show, somehow translates to the person being interviewed holding the same views as the interviewer, hardly even deserves discussion. Interviewing provides a forum for a person to discuss their views, their personality, etc. There are countless times when a person is interviewed because that crowd happens to agree with them on a certain issue or issues, or even when that person being interviewed is at complete odds with the views of that show’s audience or host. Ron Paul has also been interviewed on ”Real Time” with Bill Maher, ”The Colbert Report” with Stephen Colbert, ”The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, by Tucker Carlson on MSNBC, various shows on CNN, including ”Lou Dobbs Tonight” and “CNN Sunday Spotlight”, and various shows on Fox News including “Red Eye” with Greg Gutfeld and “The Neil Cavuto Show” with Neil Cavuto. With that same kind of logic, one could easily insinuate that, simply by his appearances on those shows, Ron Paul must agree with all of the views put forth on all of those shows and networks, including Fox News! The reasons viewers of Alex Jones’ radio program have such interest in and support for Dr. Paul is completely unrelated to 9/11, but instead have to do with Ron Paul’s stances against the war in Iraq, abuses by the executive branch under the Bush administration (and the risk of abuses by succeeding presidents), issues with the legality of the Federal Reserve, and the invasion of privacy and other attacks on people’s rights by the government, among other topics of discussion.

 

Ron Paul has never said anything remotely to indict the United States government as orchestrating the attacks of September 11th, 2001. In fact, he has said that he sees no evidence that supports such theories. Fox’s spin tactics, at best, come out of ignorance and carelessness, and at worst, showcase outright slander.