Rand Paul Bails on Meet the Press, National Media ‘Tough to Take’
May 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rand Paul has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. And he is no doubt, taking cover in his Kentucky private country club, where he is safe from the “lamestream” media and the “looney left” whom had the audacity to question Paul on his fringe extremist views for America, as he seeks to become a U.S. Senator. After his embarrassing appearance on MSNBC’s the Rachel Maddow Show, in which he questioned the Civil Rights Act, by supporting the rights of private property owners to operate segregated lunch counters, Rand appeared on Good Morning America to attack President Obama as anti-American for holding BP accountable for the Gulf oil spill disaster. And on Friday, Paul canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, claiming he was “exhausted.”
News of Paul’s MTP cancellation, first leaked out over Twitter, when both host David Gregory and executive producer Betsy Fischer tweeted that Paul was bailing on his commitment. According to the Courier Journal, Gregory and Fischer tried to convince Paul to reconsider to no avail, reminding him that only two people have ever refused to show up in the show’s 62-year history:
“The Washington Post reported that “Meet the Press” executive producer Betsy Fischer said they tried to get Paul to reconsider but hadn’t heard back from him. “We tried to impress upon them that this is a big deal,” Fischer told the Post. “The only other two people to cancel have been Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.”‘
Paul, the tea party darling, told the Courier, that he felt besieged by the media’s “dishonest” response to his libertarian views. “For people to be dishonest about you is tough to take,” he told the paper.
But, Paul’s handlers have realized their candidate’s extreme views on the role of the federal government are “tough to take” for most sensible people living in the 21st century. Paul’s warped 19th century libertarian utopia, where private business owners reign supreme, has no place in modern political discourse.
Paul’s spokesman is now restricting Paul to local media and Fox News. Like his female counterpart, Sarah Palin, he will no doubt start issuing his campaign statements on Facebook, free from media scrutiny.
“Rand did Good Morning America today, set the record straight, and now we are done talking about it,” said campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. “No more national interviews on the topic.”
Benton wants to ensure that a national media outlet would not ask Paul a tough question, such as “What magazines do you read?”