Yahoo! News republishes odd smear against Ron Paul and the Ludwig von Mises Institute

Yahoo! News always gets me with its bizarre headlines, so I had to stop for this one, published today, April 30th, 2013:

Ron Paul slams Boston Police. Has he gone too far?

Well, a side observation:

Beyond that, the article, penned by Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor, is an empty critique of Ron Paul’s blog post for entitled Liberty Was Also Attacked In Boston. Whereas Ron Paul wrote in his post that:

The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.

Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor misquoted him thusly:

In a post on the website of libertarian activist Lew RockwellMr. Paul said Monday that the governmental reaction to the tragic explosions was worse than the attack itself.

So much for journalistic integrity. In my view, the opinions of an author who fails to appreciate the subtle distinction between “should frighten us as much or more than” and “was worse than” really ought not to be nationally syndicated. In further defense of Mr. Paul, consider this news footage:

A quote from about a minute in:

Those inside their homes weren’t allowed to leave, and those outside weren’t allowed in. … The dramatic scene played out in front of our cameras: Parents grabbing their children and running after spending the night hunkering in their houses, and then finding themselves face to face with the muzzle of a SWAT officer’s rifle.

So Peter Grier resorts to misquotes in order to cobble a myopic rail against Ron Paul, but he doesn’t show the slightest concern for the type of precedent these police actions set? He and I evidently have different priorities.

But wait. There’s more: Not satisfied with libeling Ron Paul, Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor goes after the company he keeps. He pulls no punches:

And Paul in particular is now drawing criticism for the company he keeps. Lew Rockwell, Paul’s former congressional chief of staff, now heads the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a think tank with “deep ties to the neo-Confederate movement,” which believes the wrong side won the Civil War, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

If were genuinely interested in accurately describing the work of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in one sentence, I surely wouldn’t have chosen that one. Yes, if you wade through enough articles and lectures, eventually you’ll come across some footnotes accusing the Union of aggression, as Southerners still commonly do, and lamenting the death of the legal doctrine that states may peacefully secede from the Union. But to describe this as if it were the institute’s primary feature evinces a flagrant ignorance of what it the institute actually does. Had Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor bothered to peruse the output of the institute, he might have come across this video, shot by Thomas E. Woods and Robert Murphy of the Institute, which lampooned Peter Grier’s thoughtlessness three years in advance:

If I were to describe the Ludwig von Mises Institute in a sentence, it would be: “The Ludwig von Mises Institute is America’s foremost proponents of the Austrian School of economic theory.” The institute is one of economic education, and it’s popularity is on the rise. In fact, in a curious irony, the Christian Science Monitor itself republishes blogs from Mises Institute staff and fellows as “econ partner bloggers” under the moniker the Circle Bastiat. I almost expected Peter Grier’s repeated libel to end with an embarrassing: “Uhhh. They’re behind me, aren’t they?”

It’s funny how this stuff gets published. I guess I have to give some props to CSM for giving space to alternative viewpoints. No props for misquotes, though, CSM. You can keep those.

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