A Jon Huntsman forum appears to show Huntsman supporters bragging about how they created a racist anti-Huntsman ad that the media instantly attributed to Ron Paul supporters in order to smear Paul and his voters as extremists.
However, the forum thread could just as easily be a satire, created by Ron Paul supporters, Huntsman voters, or someone with no interest in either candidate.
The lesson to take away from it all is not to believe that one anonymous Internet post represents any one candidate or campaign, which is just what the establishment media did when they instantly seized upon the suspicious anti-Huntsman ad to smear Ron Paul voters and by extension Ron Paul himself as racist.
The forum thread, entitled, ‘The paulbots are going crazy with our video’, states, “I cant believe how stupid these people are. As campaign insiders many of you are aware we created the fake video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZeVqj-t1U0 and made it look like it came from the ron paul people. This is a suprise it went viral. And the good news is paul is getting blamed for it.”
“My goodness this is turning out better than expected. I was on the phone today with the campaign and they have another one coming out monday.”
The moderator of the website expresses confusion about whether or not the post is legitimate, writing, “We’re still confused about the whole thing….We feel the the bottom line is..anyone can post a video to youtube claiming to represent a group, just like someone can post here claiming to represent a group.”
The forum thread shows other apparent Huntsman supporters bragging about how the media fell for the fake video and blamed Ron Paul supporters, before others demand that the thread either be removed or hidden.
Whether or not the thread is the work of Huntsman supporters, the fact remains that an independent web consulting firm which analyzed the anti-Huntsman ad on behalf of the Paul campaign concluded that it most likely was created by the Huntsman campaign itself.
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
“In an analysis commissioned by Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, the web consulting firm CanDo.com presents a different hypothesis: that supporters of Huntsman’s campaign posted the video in an attempt to trigger a backlash against Paul,” reports Politico.
The firm found that one of the first URL referrals to the video came from Jon2012.com, Huntsman’s campaign website, and that this likely originated from an internal Huntsman campaign email since the website itself contains no link to the video.
“After researching the available evidence, we believe it is likely that the video came from a source within or closely tied to the Huntsman Campaign,” concludes the CanDo.com analysis.
The analysis also found that the You Tube and Twitter accounts responsible for creating the video, NHLiberty4Paul, were created on the day the video was released, and no reference to the handle existed beforehand.
Immediately before the video received media attention, Huntsman told CNN, “Tell Dr. Paul that I owe him a tweet in return and he should be expecting one sometime soon.”
Whereas the establishment media treated the original claim that Ron Paul supporters were responsible for the offensive ad with a blaze of publicity, the far bigger scandal, the likelihood that the Huntsman campaign created the ad as a ‘false flag’ attack on the Paul campaign, has been almost universally ignored by the corporate press.