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On "Old Media" and Impartiality


A sharp, accurate view of this nation's media as it applies to political favoritism in this election year, mostly sans hyperbole.
After spending Friday and Saturday in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he attended a family reunion and held a rally for an enthusiastic crowd of over 1,200 people, Congressman Ron Paul headed to Iowa for a televised debate on Sunday morning.

The GOP debate, hosted by ABC News correspondant and former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos, really wasn't one of Paul's most shining moments. The host provided him little time to speak, favoring instead the corporate candidates already approved by the powers that be. Furthermore, many of Paul's supporters felt that he could have been more forceful and direct in answering the questions he was given.

Even so, the results of this debate must certainly have proved a surprise to Stephanopoulos and the rest of the folks over at ABC. Ron Paul absolutely ran away with ABC's post-debate poll asking who won.

As I write this post, Paul is leading his nearest competitor, Mitt Romney, by 24,699 votes. Yes, you read that correctly. Nearly 24 hours after the debate, Paul has received close to 28.5 thousand votes, while Romney, the next highest, hasn't even broken the 5,000 mark.

ABC, who have removed the poll results from the front page of their website, must be wondering just what the heck is going on out there in America. Do you think they're finally starting to hear the rumbling from where they sit in their high-rise offices, as the American people begin to stand up and move for change -- true change?

And it's not just at ABC that Paul is seen to have won the debate. He also came out ahead in polls conducted by both CNN and the Drudge Report, that darling of the (not-so-conservative) "conservative" media. Even a Fox News focus group declared Paul the winner.

This campaign is turning into an unstoppable juggernaut. When people finally hear the man speak, they can't help but be attracted to the ideas he espouses. No matter where they're coming from, all but the most ideologically-entrenched are drawn to his message of Liberty and responsibility. As Paul himself has repeatedly said, "The Freedom Message brings us together, it doesn't divide us."

The main thing standing in his way up until this point has been exposure. The fact that he has been largely marginalized and ignored by the Old Media and the GOP establishment has helped slow the growth of the movement. Many "news" outlets and state Republican committees refuse to even list him among the candidates until the outcry becomes so great that they must give in to public pressure.

Now, though, his successes are beginning to mean that he can no longer be ignored, and more exposure can only lead to more support for a man with such a powerful message. Still, the corporate media are doing their best to ignore him, as this Associated Press photograph of the debate lineup shows. Someone is missing from that photograph, even though he was standing on that stage with the rest of them.

How can we continue to take the Old Media seriously? How can we possibly continue to accept their claims to being impartial journalists, when this is what organizations like the AP give us? Does intentionally cropping one single candidate from their official debate lineup photo seem "impartial" to you? Is that the stuff "journalism" is made of?

As Paul said when he took the stage before a cheering throng in Pittsburgh, "Thank you for inviting me to the Revolution!" Whether ABC, the Associated Press, and the rest of the Old Media realize it or not, that's what this is. We are witnessing a popular Revolution in American Politics, and Ron Paul is simply its voice.

It's a voice the establishment ignores at its own peril.
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George Stephanopoulos is the same boob who invited Dr. Paul onto his Sunday morning talk show, and explained to Dr. Paul that he would be willing to bet his last cent that Dr. Paul would not be the next POTUS.

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ABC Reset Republican Debate Tally After Ron Paul Win?

ABC TV apparently reset its tally of who won the Republican debate it broadcast on August 5, Sunday morning.

At 10 AM EST, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) was winning the debate with over 1,000 votes. Mitt Romney was next with 106. After the debate at approximately 11:10 AM EST when the tally was rechecked, ABC showed Ron Paul had just 445 votes. Second was “Nobody Won. I’m Voting Democratic.”

Of course, it could all be an innocent gliche, and perhaps ABC will explain these tallies or see fit to rectify them. But it has long been FMNN’s contention, along with others, that Ron Paul, an old fashioned Jeffersonian conservative, would serve as a metaphor and magnifying glass for America’s current political difficulties and expanding corruption.

The debate itself was apparently little promoted. In fact, ABC marketed the debate so shallowly that Drudgereport.com didn’t seem to carry a blurb about it on its front page, and neither did Google News.

To set the stage for the debate, ABC moderators began with polling numbers that showed Ron Paul at just two percent, yet the numbers on the ABC website, at 10 AM EST and again at the end of the debate (before the tally was reduced), showed him winning the debate, as he has before, by a wide margin.

A search of Internet sites revealed some confusion about the debates times and where it was airing. Posted one confused would-be viewer: "What a bizzare time to hold a debate and what a screwy format for a debate. It won’t air in my area until 11:00 am."

Ron Paul will likely win the online debate poll by large numbers in any case. But changing poll numbers always generates questions. ABC is said to have manipulated its comment boards before as regards Ron Paul.

Update: DrudgeReport.com put up a post-debate poll that showed Ron Paul winning the debate by wide margins (with 45% of the vote) as of 12:30 PM EST. Ron Paul continued to pull away in the ABC TV poll as well, despite the apparent tampering.

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