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Ron Paul Calls CNN Out for Being ‘Biased’ in Debate

Posted on Nov 29, 2007
Ron Paul on CNN

Boy, was CNN ever psyched about a Ron Paul interview they had on their site—a major traffic driver for!—the day of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, CNN’s John Roberts tells Paul in this clip from the channel’s post-debate coverage Wednesday.  Paul, seemingly nonplused, points out that he was summarily and unfairly ignored until close to the end and gets in a few digs at his fellow candidates.

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By laughoutloud, November 30, 2007 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with outraged, ron paul’s entire platform is based on his pulling the emotional strings of those who question the war.  Other than that, he’d keep the US in it’s current gear of reverse.

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By Outraged, November 30, 2007 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul is AGAINST:
-Net Neutrality
-Minimum Wage Increase
-Roe v Wade
-Universal Healthcare
-The Kyoto Protocol
-A Legal Path to Citizenship for Immigrants
-A Ban on ASSAULT Weapons
-Background Checks for Gun Owners
-Embryonic Stem Cell Reasearch

Ron Paul is FOR:
-Drilling in the Artic National Wilderness Refuge
-Border Fence
-Constitutional Ban on Same Sex Marriage

See for yourself:

**There is nothing BALANCED about his positions, HE IS AGAINST NET NEUTRALITY, that means he WANTS to monitor what you say, so every commentor here in favor of Ron Paul, take note, he doesn’t think you should have that right.

RE: Badman
“I don’t see any alternative. Ron Paul is probably the most sincere person running for office with half a chance at actually winning. He might actually restore or help restore the REPUBLIC. Like he said, there is a Revolution happening and he is part of it, the rest are more of the same old crap.”

**If Ron Paul is so sincere, why are a large portion of his campaign contributions from BUSINESS INTERESTS and why does he support drilling in ANWR and OPPOSE net neutrality.

Compare and contrast:
Ron Paul:

Dennis Kucinich:

BTW, Kucinich is the other option.
Some info concerning ANWR.

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By Steven, November 30, 2007 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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As a gay democrat, I am support Ron Paul currently. If he gets the nod, I will vote for him.

Otherwise, I have not decided on any Democrat for President, yet.

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By Rowdy, November 30, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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So BadMan,
Have to had a chance to listen to what Dennis Kucinich has to offer?  He was not cut from the same mold as the rest of the DumboCrats.  He speaks the truth and he speaks for the average American.

Go Dennis!

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By BadMan, November 30, 2007 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

LOL, I think everyone has the right to their opinion, but at the same time I question all of this baseless innuendo regarding Ron Paul. I don’t degree with many of his policies. I don’t have to. The difference is twofold. First, he is honest and reasonable and so you can reason with him. Second and MOST importantly, what OTHER options do you, we, the USA have ????

If there was another option, I would go there. Choosing a Republican is not really something I would EVER choose to do, but the Democrats have become one in the same as Republicans. And the LIE, they want war with Iran, they want to placate the Israeli lobby. So there is no difference. I would like to hear people analyzing and comparing Ron Paul in a genuine and unbiased way. I hear alot of talking but most of it seems biased, because if you are saying NO to Ron Paul you are implying YES to someone else. Please tell me who or what that alternative is ??

Please, let us know. Because I don’t see any alternative. Ron Paul is probably the most sincere person running for office with half a chance at actually winning. He might actually restore or help restore the REPUBLIC. Like he said, there is a Revolution happening and he is part of it, the rest are more of the same old crap.

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By Frank, November 30, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

NonCredo, I generally agree with RP’s stated positions on American Independence and Sovereignty, Border Security & Immigration, Privacy & Personal Liberty, War & Foreign Policy, Second Amendment, and Racism, as stated on his official website.  None of these are wholly original ideas of his, but are generally libertarian.

Unfortunately, his positions on the environment and education (home schooling) are too misguided and dangerous to the future well being of the country for me to consider him as a candidate. As someone who comes from a family full of attorneys, I know how utterly naive it is to think the potential litigation of the average person against giant corporations is an adequate means of insuring environmental safeguards. Just look to big tobacco for an example. Their micro-polluting product remains unregulated, hugely profitable, and perpetually deadly to hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, despite many successful lawsuits and settlements.  Anyone who thinks macro-pollution would be any different as an unregulated phenomenon is naive, I think.

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By Politik, November 30, 2007 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Ron Paul and “he is one who believes that people are able to take care of themselves and that government should stay out. our health care industry, our financial markets, our pension corruption, and all the rest say otherwise.”

The only reason all these othe “honorable” institutions are saying otherwise is because they are the only ones that would suffer. The American people constantly complain of living paycheck to paycheck, not being able to advance… The middle class has been disappearing while the richer get richer. America is the land of opportunity and hope. Now, only people with money can claim those virtues.

THe US is becoming a socialist state, where no one wants to help themselves because Big Government will take care of them in the end. THAT COSTS MONEY. OUR HARD EARNED MONEY! Does no one see that because of a lazy or unwilling minority, the working class could disappear?

Remember the Great Depression from history class? Probably not, because you skipped school to smoke pot with your buddies because that is what cool American kids do.

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By felicity, November 30, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

The media are in charge. This endless campaign is media engendered and media controlled. They know who have the big bucks, who can afford to put mega-bucks into ads, so those are the candidates who get the most air time - one way or another. Duh!

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By hwsthird, November 30, 2007 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

I am proud to see that “truthdig” which I have boycotted for so long finally has something on Ron Paul!
I know that TD and I share some views but also go opposite was on a lot.
It warms my heart to see that there are millions of People getting to know Dr. Paul.
He is the greatest American on the stage bar none.
He will not only save our country but the WORLD!
I am an avid contributor and rally attendee.  I have done my share of meetups and it is the best feeling that I have ever had.
Ron Paul has given my life purpose like never before.
Even if by a slim chance he does not win, I have awoke to see the truth of our government and its tyranny!
All AMERICANS need to follow this lead.
If they don’t, they will be looking at us from the inside of a Fema camp.
The few, the proud, the free…Ron Paul 2008 and forever!!!

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By mark, November 30, 2007 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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John Roberts, what an ass…

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By Mudwollow, November 30, 2007 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

I like Ron a lot, but he obviously hasn’t been listening to the good news coming out of Iraq lately. I keep seeing certain representatives bubbling over with joy at the extraordinary improvements in the Iraq war. It’s really exciting to see so much exuberance in the White House over how well the war is going now. How can anyone ignore this wonderful news coming out of Iraq? We need to give Mr. Bush whatever money he asks for whenever he asks for it because he has proven to us that he was right all along. The Iraq war is now almost won. America is victorious again.

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By David, November 30, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Paul says that abolishing the EPA is not high on his priority list (ending the war and fixing the financial crisis are his top), but he does believe that it should (along with the IRS) be done away with.  He believes that, as we have now, the agency serves corporate interests and being influenced by lobbyists and bureaucracy.  He defends the idea by saying that property rights would protect against pollution, because anyone or anything that damages or does harm to another’s property would be liable. Once companies internalize the costs of lawsuits for harming anothers property by polluting it, they would find that it would be unprofitable to continue to pollute (of course the corporation would likely just start directing their efforts into influencing trials and judges, and a whole lot of damage can be done before any adverse effects are discovered or cases get to trial - but who knows).  Moreover, he believes that individual state governments, rather than the federal, have the right to deal with these issues.  I like the idea of reduced federal government.  If the states have more authority and control over what happens in their territory, it means greater freedom to choose what best suits the community interests of that state.

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By jblackwell, November 30, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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Unless Ron Paul wins the presidency, we as Americans, who all too often consider ourselves “exceptional” insomuch that the laws of history, warfare, and economics do not apply to us, we are going to watch this thing which we are too reluctant or blind to call an “empire” crumble around us in a very non-exceptional, historically predictable way.  The “Ron Paul Revolution” is coming, whether its with Ron Paul or not, and it all boils down to the sustained economic viability of empire-as-usual.  We’ve got to get rid of these ignorant podunks who can’t do anything right, but they find pride in themselves vicariously through the bombing of other countries.  You don’t have to be right as long as you’re bombing the hell out of somebody else’s country.  This is an insidious and bitter truth, that we know we are NOT #1 in just about anything anymore, that we are NOT this great “wealthy” nation anymore, but we can bomb the hell out of your country.  The bottom line is this : the moment we assumed a foreign policy that said we’ll act as a bludgeoning stick in any foreign affair, we became a magnet for the parasites to come in and seize control of the stick.  If we truly want our freedom back.. if we truly want to be the hamster that gets off the wheel, then we need to change the whole apparatus - we need to bring the stick home.  The parasites will kill the host, they don’t care - they’ll wield the stick until the very end.  I would encourage everyone to give Ron Paul a shot.  If we’re REALLY Americans, lets do something historically a-typical - lets try to return to a republic WITHOUT waiting for a disastrous financial reckoning.

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By David Eccles, November 30, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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As the parent of a disabled child, maintaining SSI eligibility is imperative to me. My biggest concern with Ron Paul is his fiscal conservatism and I would caution everyone on this. There are millions of disabled folks in this country who rely on this service either because their health insurance (which I have full coverage) refuses to pay for needed services, or they are living in abject poverty.

Other than that, I believe Ron Paul will have a tremendous impact on this election. Personally, I’m supporting Dennis Kucinich, and myself and many others I’ve spoken to believe that if these two gentlemen combined their campaigns and ran as a team, they could literally turn this election completely upside down and totally defy all the naysayers and war mongering fools representing the major parties.

Lets take back America and start sending this request to the campaigns.

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By Frank, November 30, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

Ron Paul has some great ideas. Unfortunately, he also has some nutty ones like abolishing the EPA and all federal environmental regulations, and abolishing the Department of Education and eliminating all federal education standards, ushering in an era where home schooling might become dominant and science education in the classroom would likely be replaced by religious indoctrination from parents. This would effectively insure that American kids would fall further behind the world in science and America’s future as a technology and science power would be lost. 

Many suspect Ron Paul is actually be a Christian Dominionist who sees the federal government as an impediment to defacto Christian rule in America. I don’t know if there is any truth to this, but given the nutty nature of some things he says, I think it warrants investigation.

As for Anderson Cooper and Israel: Israel is considered to be the most advanced and tolerant country in the middle east in terms of gay rights. It is the best known ‘secret’ in broadcast news that Anderson Cooper is gay. Is it any wonder he likes Israel over Palestine, where those like him have to fear for their lives if they are outed?

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By gravel kucinich paul nader, November 30, 2007 at 5:10 am Link to this comment
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By dave, November 30, 2007 at 4:25 am Link to this comment
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all this excitement about ron paul will soon subside as his overall policies are given inspection. he is basically a one position candidate at the moment with his anti-war stance, and his popularity is surley a reflection of that stance. his honesty is refreshing, and that is surly reflective of his popularity. that he is not a brain dead neo-con wrapping himself in the flag while shredding the constitution is surely responsible for his popularity as well. but this man is a libertarian seeking to abolish government agencies and programs that give some small protections to people not able to defend themselves. he is one who believes that people are able to take care of themselves and that government should stay out. our health care industry, our financial markets, our pension corruption, and all the rest say otherwise.

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By BadMan, November 30, 2007 at 2:45 am Link to this comment


Hilary, Barak, Rudy, and Romney are one in the same. The only real chance the US has left is Ron Paul.

I think he should run as an independent and I think Democrats should for for the only sincere and serious candidate left.


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By JIVEWIRE, November 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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As a professional hypnotist, JIVEWIRE has some insights on how the media controls the SHEEPLE.

We live in a sound bite society, where many are steered to support policies and ideas that on the surface sound great, but really line the pockets of those in power. Many are just lazy to research, and eager to obey. What kind of bizarro Orwellian world do we live in when calculating warmonger candidates are crowned the frontrunners by corporate controlled media, and a principled, anti-war candidate like Dr. Ron Paul is considered “fringe”?

The television has the appropriate nickname of the “idiot tube”. NOTHING has done more damage to independent thinking than TV. Furthermore, television conditions the human mind to settle into trance quickly and with more TV viewing, we unknowingly train ourselves to slip into TV induced trance. You are then open and receptive to whatever is being peddled on TV. Granted, responsible programming can educate and entertain. Yet the “entertainment” industry has sold out to the almighty dollar, and peddle gratuitous sex, violence, and propaganda that can damage our perceptions and behaviors. The propaganda peddled by FOX and CNN look to increase ratings and push the objectives of the money people behind the scenes, and the corporate advertisers who buy commercial time. Don’t forget that FOX head honcho Rupert Murdoch supports Giuliani, but also supports Clinton as he has held fundraisers for her. If Giuliani or Clinton win, they are beholden to Murdoch. Dr. Paul frightens the corporate establishment, and cannot be bought by them. So the establishment controlled media smear and belittle Dr. Paul and his supporters. The brainwashed population who accept the establishment candidates buy into the media assertions of “kooky and “fringe”. How does the TV news media control the SHEEPLE using hypnotic principles?

1) LAW OF OVERLOAD- the special effects and colorful graphics behind the TV broadcast “journalist” induce visual trance (think of a hypnotist’s swinging pendulum, and think of how a casino overloads people with colors and sounds to elicit a suggestible “gambling” mentality). In addition, the streaming words on the the lower portion of the screen providing news updates is a form of subliminal programming- you focus on the broadcaster, your subconscious is being fed the words, you focus on the words, your subconscious accepts the message of the broadcaster.

2) LAW OF REPETITION- how many times has the media portrayed Dr. Paul as “fringe”? Now read any of the blog sites smearing Dr. Paul, and like Pavlov’s dogs, the Ron Paul critics are parroting the same words like “fringe” and “kooky”. In hypnosis, information is repeated in patterns of three, with twenty one being a powerful number number of repetitions to influence behavior. Those against Ron Paul understand the power of repetition.

3) THE LAW OF ASSOCIATION- another powerful hypnotic principle, which is also the main principle behind Pavlov’s research of ringing a bell while feeding a dog, so later the dog hears the bell he salivates for food. The establishment controlled media is doing it’s best to tie in Dr. Paul with controversy. As an example, a donor of Dr. Paul happens to hold racist views, Dr. Paul is now guilty by association, even though he is not a racist and cannot control who supports him. Every campaign will have contributors with controversial views, imagine how many the warmongering candidates have? Unfortunately, the easily swayed SHEEPLE buy into the propaganda without research.

4) FEAR. It controls the weak and suggestible. Ron Paul critics are afraid of less government. They fear change. They fear going against the status quo. They have so much fear they have been willing to give up their freedoms.

5) FAME. The SHEEPLE idolize the famous. TV creates the American Idols that SHEEPLE love. Both Giuliani and Clinton have huge name recognition and the easily influenced are seduced by the fame.

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By measles, November 29, 2007 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

He called it an “unlikely event” than Ron Paul not be nominated…a breath of fresh air, compared to all the other nay-sayers. If the Republican Party doesn’t want to lose their base, they’d be wise to consider listening to the American people on this one.

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