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Campaign Politics: Rand Paul on the defensive yet again August 19, 2010

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Kentucky’s star Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has been a lightning rod for media criticism. In mid-August 2010, Paul was attacked again, this time by GQ which ran a story alleging that not only was Paul a college dropout (something his campaign does not deny), but that he also lived a wild life while he was a student at Baylor University. It was GQ‘s claim, based on an anonymous source, that he once kidnapped a team-mate from the swimming team and forced her to smoke pot that received the most attention. Paul appeared on Fox News to respond to the accusation, and criticized GQ for hiding behind an anonymous source. Paul stated: “But the thing is, is we used to have journalist ethics in our country, that you wouldn’t report something from one anonymous source, particularly accusing somebody of something like that. It’s so ridiculous, I don’t know where to start.”

To see Paul’s response yourself, watch the following clip:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Was GQ‘s story about Rand Paul unfair? Why, or why not?

2.  How effective was Rand Paul’s response to the story?

3.  Could the story have a serious impact on Paul’s reputation as he heads into the full-time campaign season? Why, or why not?

4.  What can Rand Paul do now in order to minimize the amount of criticism that he receives from the mainstream news outlets?

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