Rolling Stone Reporter Matt Taibbi's latest investigative report is being hailed as an eye-opening examination of Texas Congressman and Perennial Presidential Candidate Ron Paul. The story, titled "The Real Ron Paul" is rumored to have taken Taibbi a year to research. Taibbi is refusing to comment on the article until it's published; prompting many to speculate that the article may end the political career of Paul. Two months prior to publication, Rollingstone is allowed the press early access to the three sections of the articles. Many agree that the article will create a firestorm around the already controversial Paul.
The article reveals an intense hatred of Paul's anti-government policies by his Democratic coworkers. Nancy Pelosi is quoted saying "To hear Ron Paul, a highly paid government official, say that the government is wasting money is like hearing Snoop Dog say he's tired of rappers smoking pot. The man has been in government drawing an ever increasing salary for 35 years longer than 45% of Americans have been alive- face it the guy talks a big game but he has never, nor will he ever deliver."
More surprisingly the article reveals senior Republican leadership is growing increasingly annoyed by Paul's PR machine. A source close to Speaker of the House John Boehner is quoted in the article quipping "Ron Paul, a libertarian? I don't care what he claims to be- during votes he's a good boy and votes the way the adults tell him to." In fact, the article reveals multiple instances in which the Congressman compromises his principles by voting for stricter regulation, government expansions, harsher drug penalties, and annual pay raises for himself.
Paul's own staff are frustrated with Paul's lack of accomplishments. A former intern laments "I joined the to help audit the fed, but all i ended up doing was scheduling tv appearances for him to talk about the Fed and helping him write his book about auditing the Fed."
The article's controversy online cannot be understated. News site Fark.com had one message board that had so many posts the website stopped counted and instead listed the total number of messages as "too many". Reddit.com, was put into "emergency read-only" mode after thousands of responses to an altered picture titled "Scumbag Ron Paul" flooded the company's sole server. Conservative website worldnetdaily.com* had to ban users from using the word Taibbi after many users called for his death while others demanded to see "Taibbi's birth certificate".
The article has transformed, the normally private reporter into a semi-celebrity. On Friday, FoxNews showed a TMZ.com video of Taibbi receiving a foot rub from girl friend Jessica Gomes while having a picnic lunch in New York's central park. Anchor Megan Kelly asked viewrs "how can anyone based out of the liberal haven of New York City, where sexual acts could be performed in a children's park could be unbiased in their coverage of a Washington DC?"
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Ron Paul gives a speech touting his belief that all drugs should be legal; shortly before voting to expand funding of the DEA's use of predator drones over major us cities to identify drug offenders.