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Drudge Slammed For Revealing Ron Paul's Location
HOUSTON (CAP) - Web journalist Matt Drudge is under fire again this week, this time for revealing Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's secret location in southern Texas.
"It's journalism at its most irresponsible and reprehensible," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry. "If Ron Paul wanted us to know where he was, I'm sure he would have sent out a press release or something."
A report on the Drudge Report website read, "Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been running for the Republican presidential nomination since March of 2007 - and has been directly involved in campaigning in Texas, Ohio and other locations, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned." It went on to pinpoint Paul's location as "a remote bunker in Lake Jackson, Texas."
"It's not a remote bunker - it's my damn house!" responded Paul when reached by CAP News. "I'm a congressman here, for Pete's sake. I publish my itinerary on my website. Anybody can find me if they just take five minutes to look!"
When asked if anybody had actually done that recently, Paul responded, "Actually, you're the first one to call in a while. Every couple of days I pick up the phone to see if there's still a dial tone.
"Do you want to chat for a while?" he asked. But CAP News had a previous engagement and had to break off the conversation abruptly.
Drudge claimed an "exclusive" on the story; however, press outlets apparently have been aware of Paul's campaign and his location in Texas for several months, but have not reported on it. "There wasn't an embargo or anything - we just didn't think of it," said CNN political producer Peter Hamburg.
It's that type of indifference on the part of the mainstream media that's the "true scandal," said Drudge, the man who has been labeled "the most important journalist in the world" by himself. "It's our responsibility to reveal everything we know exactly when we know it, and sometimes even before we know it," he said.
He continued, "I'm sorry if I've put Mr. Paul's safety in jeopardy, but he should have thought of that before he decided to pretend to run for president." Drudge then reiterated his promise to reveal the secret location of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, "as soon as I can manage to find him, if not sooner."
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