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Ron Paul: The GOP's elephant in the room

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenAugust 23, 2011
Why is the mainstream media disrespecting Ron Paul?

Don't confuse this with an endorsement of the peculiar and perceptive 76-year-old presidential candidate.

But the anti-war, pro-pot, freedom-loving, gold-standard-saluting congressman is getting seriously dissed.

Despite falling just 152 votes short in the recent Iowa straw poll, the reaction in big-city newspapers and U.S. primetime and cable news networks was to treat Paul as the proverbial elephant in the room.

As Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” humorously pointed out, this Republican from Texas who isn't named Rick Perry is getting either completely ignored or greeted with eye rolls and snickers.

Whether it's Fox News or CNN or MSNBC, television's talking heads are much more interested in chatting about Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and just about anyone but Paul.

Meanwhile, the latest Gallup poll shows Paul may be a viable challenge to President Barack Obama.

He only trails the president by two percentage points when registered voters are asked whom they would support if the 2012 presidential election were held today. Mitt Romney leads Obama by two points, 48 percent to 46 percent. Perry and Obama are tied at 47 percent. Bachmann trails Obama by four points, according to the poll.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism examined coverage of Paul from January through Aug. 14 and found he is getting the short end of the media's schtick. The number of campaign stories the media reported as a lead newsmaker was 221 stories for Obama, 120 for Romney, 108 for Bachmann, 52 for Tim Pawlenty, 44 for Jon Huntsman, 33 for the late-arriving Perry, and 27 for Paul — a candidate from the word “go.”

Even non-candidates Donald Trump and Sarah Palin received roughly triple the coverage as Paul.

It's hard to know why the media perceives Paul as a sideshow while much of America thinks he's legit.

But if you want to know what's happening with Paul, don't turn to the news. Turn on Comedy Central.

comments: 5 Comments on "Ron Paul: The GOP's elephant in the room"

tgrear2008 – Aug. 23, 2011, at 11:45 p.m.

"Pro-pot"...Do you actually think as a medical doctor he supports smoking marijuana? No, it's unhealthy. He believes that states should make the decision, not the federal government. "Free-living"...Do you mean he supports freedom for individuals, or are you attempting to paint Dr. Paul as some free love hippie? You write a story decrying the media coverage of Ron Paul, yet you choose language that depicts him as some weirdo. You might as well keep towing the official corporate line. Truth and freedom will prevail.

Troy – Aug. 24, 2011, at 12:12 a.m.

Thanks for reading tgrear2008. Ron Paul's position to leave that decision up to the states is pro-pot in that it would have a positive effect for those who support medical marijuana. If the federal government were to stay out of it, medical marijuana would be legal in many states, such as Colorado. Hence, my usage of pro-pot. While I do understand the point you are trying to make, if loving freedom and taking a position that would advance medical marijuana qualifies as weird, you've just insulted a large percentage of Colorado.

TommyO – Aug. 24, 2011, at 12:50 a.m.

Crash course the phony “two party paradigm” and “media created tea party”

The media blackout of Ron Paul while bolstering other candidates illustrates nicely the two great modern schemes operating in American politics facilitated by the mainstream media – those being: the phony “two party paradigm” and the creation of the phony GOP “tea party”. First, the concept of a modern “tea party” came on board with the Ron Paul supporters back in 2007 during the campaign. Actual pounds of tea were to be dropped by a hovering blimp into Boston Harbor on the historic day of the original Boston tea party against British tyranny as a gesture of defiance to the status quo (lost of civil liberties; unending illegal wars; nation building; destruction of our currency; torture and extraordinary rendition; abuse of civil liberties under the bogus Patriot Act etc.). Party affiliation, national origin, race etc. wasn’t important – all were welcomed - only a love of liberty and a willingness to fight for it and hence among those veterans the movement is rarely regarded as “tea party” but instead the “liberty” or “freedom” movement and it is definitely not GOP or PERRY or Bachmann!!

In 2008 when the “dynamic duo” - McCain and his side kick - Palin got their bloodied grinded behinds handed back to them by Obama. This is exactly what the mainstream media had orchestrated for the previous year – and the rank and file GOP voters predictably bought it – they bought media served “stooge of the day” McCain and side kick hook line and sinker! I invite you to research progressive AP reporter Liz Soldoti’s coverage of McCain 2008 and see how she systematically built him up “straight talk express” to become the GOP front runner – the MSM knowing he was hopeless and would get creamed by Obama! Immediately after the election in an attempt to do damage control the RNC/GOP and right leaning media embraced “tea party” to co-opt the movement for the progressive neo-cons – enter the right media ala FOX and the likes of social controlling neo-con personalities such as Rush Limbaugh; Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. The left media, MSNBC etc. and their social controlling components: Keith Obermann; Chris Mathews and Rachel Maddow in an effort to maintain and reinforce the phony two party paradigm immediately labeled them racists and nut jobs stressing the “tea party” as against newly elected President Obama primarily because he was black!

Hence: the term “tea party” as currently hyped in the media is a creation of the mainstream media and simply equates to good old American progressive “neo-con”! The concept of “tea party” they propagate is a primary tool currently used to continue the “two party paradigm” . Anyone uninformed enough to buy in is being seriously played and hasn’t taken the effort to analyze the actual facts – just taking the media’s word for it like a good little boy or girl and keeping the “status quo”.

Allow me to go a little Taoist on you – the “real” tea party you hear about is not the “REAL” tea party!

There is no actual socio-economic and political ideological difference between – lets say, MSNBC and FOX – only the illusion of one! Both the (so – called) right and left factions of American mainstream media are all globalists - wanting to maintain American empire with all their corporate owners having direct BOD relationships with the giants in the military industrial complex such as: GE; Texaco; Chevron; Boeing; Lockheed Martin; Citigroup; Rockwell Automation; Chase, WorldCom, and JP Morgan; Haliburton, etc. and thereby financially benefit directly from the ongoing nation building and entrenched foreign occupations.

So the mainstream media as a whole created the current “tea party” as is hyped today, to attempt to contain and control the actual legitimate “liberty movement” (being the actual REAL “tea party” started by Ron Paul supporters in 2007) – it being a threat to the status quo and use the phony “two party paradigm” to help them do it. This is the illusion of two different parties counter balancing one another – please don’t say you can’t remember recently this spring when republican Senator McCain and democrat Senator Kerry went arm in arm bellowing for illegal war with Libya? Do you not find it is strange that Obama never changed Bush/Cheney policies regarding: torture; bailouts; WARS; Patriot Act and lost of civil liberties and abuse of American citizenry. Exactly - both parties want huge intrusive central authority – its just one side prefers to balloon the size of government with aggressive warfare and less social welfare and vice-versa. Americans are spoon fed the “two party paradigm” as a controlling device through the lame-stream media – that’s why globalist neo-cons like Bachmann and Perry are being hyped as “tea party” and that is why they are desperately trying to co-opt many of Ron Paul’s life-long political positions on things, such as: auditing the Federal Reserve.

For years have you scratched your head wondering - why are our representatives in DC doing this? Are they trying to destroy America? Unfortunately in a sense – they are. For the globalist in both parties it’s not about gaining a secure and prosperous American Republic – upholding liberty maintaining the supreme law of the land – the U.S. Constitution. It is totally about maintaining an economic empire for a select group of oligarchs using the American military. It’s about redistributing American wealth and technology and building “emerging” economies in China. India etc while de-industrializing America! It’s about destroying our education system with federal control so that our young people test dismally against students in the rest of the world in science and math! Its fighting for borders overseas while leaving our southern border open for abuse of American citizens! We could go on and on about the abuses Americans suffer at the hands of a rogue government! However, you and I both know that throughout the process of the dismantling of America, the mainstream media tells you “its okay – remember back in 2008 when they spoon fed us “don’t worry either top tier candidate, Obama or McCain will get us on track”!

The media is currently working overtime to convince voters that the candidates like Romney; Bachmann and Perry are significantly different than President Obama – this is definitely pure BS! All the 2012 candidates running in both parties EXCEPT RON PAUL are deep in the pocket of international banking and the military industrial complex! This corrupt system needs to keep bailing out criminals and keep this bogus war on terror going and ramped up bombing and saber rattling all awhile keeping the American people placated with the “two party paradigm” allowing for global elites to steal American national wealth and sovereignty! Ron Paul is the only candidate significantly different than Obama and therefore the ONLY ONE capable of beating him on issues that the majority of Americans heavily support (like ending: illegal wars; torture and illegal detention; abolishing the Patriot Act and Federal Reserve; stopping the IRS and getting us out of NATO and NAFTA etc.)

So, fellow Americans if by now haven’t acknowledged that Obama is a corporate puppet you are in serious denial or part of the subversion! If you want things to continue under the rule of the global “banksters’ and “tanksters” – maintain the status quo and allowing tyranny to grow under the phony “two party paradigm” - vote for the media’s "top tier": Obama; Romney; Bachmann; Perry etc., but if want things to truly change and have the assurance that you will have the right to be heard and not silenced then begin to restore America liberty now and support Ron Paul! He can’t be bought – and the establishment knows it! Check your states regulations for rules of primary voting and do whatever it takes so that you can cast your primary vote for Ron Paul.

RON PAUL 2012!!!!

Darryl Schmitz – Aug. 24, 2011, at 6:04 a.m.

Very well said, Tommy. Ron Paul is the type of honest, plain-spoken, genuinely-American statesman we should be celebrating as a rarity in politics, not shunned as the major media seem to be doing. As much as we like to think of ourselves as well-informed and enlightened in this day and age, we seem just as vulnerable to manipulation by the media and the powerful, established politicians that don't want to lose their power and perks to someone who dares to not follow the party elite's marching orders.

taostalk – Aug. 24, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.

Interesting article how the media is treating Ron Paul like he is a ghost. The only candidate running for president who reminds us war kill the innocent too. I loved the Jon Stewart video funny but true

Troy, Keep the words flowing do not give up the fight.

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