I found the story below by Ali A. Akbar, interesting. It also has some revealing commentary about the desperation of the Washington Post to make these claims against Perry:
The Left will be floating this type of story about the GOP candidates throughout the campaign because they can't sell Obama any other way. It's unfortunate when a GOP candidate jumps on ANY chance to hit on his/her opponent. For example, Michele Bachmann and the Gardasil causing mental retardation claim against Perry and now Herman Cain on the "racist rock". In both cases, there is no evidence that the claims are true, but by stating comments or opinions before validating the stories, they are helping the Left promote their slandering agenda. The GOP candidates should know better. Michele Bachmann has had her share of slander thrown at her (e.g., migraine story) and Herman Cain will have his share if he continues to rise the the polls. It's how the Left works.
I suppose there’s a first time for every baseless accusation, it’s just hard to understand why it always must come from Newsweek, Huffington Post, The New York Times, or, in this case, another usual suspect, The Washington Post.
But facts are stubborn but neutral things.
Perry and his family never, not ever, owned the property. This is a 42,000 acre ranch is owned by the Hendricks Home for Children, a west Texas charity.
About the charity:
Since 1939, Hendrick Home for Children has been a safe and loving “home” for thousands of children after living their early lives in poverty, abuse and neglect.Perry’s father reportedly painted over the offensive language on the rock in question soon after leasing the 1,000 acre parcel in the early 1980s. Seriously. A 1,000 acre rental on a 42,000 acre ranch owned by a West Texas charity that assists homeless children. The Washington Post literally took an inch and made it a mile.
When Perry became a party to the hunting lease from 1997 to 2007, the property was described as northern pasture. His campaign told the press that the Governor hasn’t even been to the site since 2006. And Hugh Hewitt gets it right, “many, many people were interviewed for the story. Only seven recall seeing the rock, and not one of them connect Rick Perry to it, nor do any of the people …”
That’s not journalism.
Click to read Mr. Akbar's comments on the Washington Post...
I hope the GOP candidates will focus on the policies of their opponents and save their comments and opinions for those issues. Commenting and stating opinions on the "hearsay" or "slander" thrown out there by the drive-by media with definitive criticisms, only makes them (the GOP candidates) look stupid. I know they want to knock Perry out of the poll lead, but please have some discretion and pick your fights more judiciously. Stick to the FACTS and don't lower yourselves to the level of the Left. Their agenda is the opposite of yours...they WANT Obama for 4 more years.