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Paul Holding Strong Leading Into First Primary

January 10, 2012 by  

Paul Holding Strong Leading Into First Primary

The mainstream media continue to express surprise that the Ron Paul campaign stands firm as today’s first-in-the-Nation primary gets underway.

The final University of New Hampshire survey before the contest put Mitt Romney in a position of favor among voters in the State, leading with 41 percent. The second place spot is taken by Paul, with 17 percent, followed by Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman who are tied for third with 11 percent.

Another poll from Suffolk University/7 News illustrates a smaller gap between the leaders with Romney polling at 35 percent and Paul at 20 percent.

An article published in The Washington Times on Monday points out that Paul’s popularity is shaping up to be a major force to be reckoned with within a fractured Republican establishment, and that the devotion of the candidate’s “never-say-die” supporters should not be marginalized.  In his work, the author, William Kelly, offers one main reason for Paul’s popularity, “freedom is popular.”

Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said Monday that he believes his father has a remote chance of pulling an upset in New Hampshire today if there is a large showing of independent voters, according to POLITICO.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Stephan F.

    It’s do or die time in 2012.

    Ron Paul or bust !

  • J.Moore

    Agreed !

  • Paula S.

    Ron Paul-for the people!

  • Frank Long

    How will Ron Paul get our fuel cost down below a dollar a gallon?

    How will Ron Paul control the massive Black budget expenses of the US Goverment when Obama can’t touch it or know about it?

    How will Ron Paul reduce taxes from the little man and keep America afloat. Who will pay.

    • Mikey

      You need to go to Ron Pauls web site and read his positions on these and related topics! Once a greedy and self serving government is taken out of the mix, all those other problems will go away!

    • Jagans

      Hi Frank,

      DR. Paul has stated time and agin that the US needs to remove herself from foreign entanglements. If you are a student of history, foreign entanglements are the one thing than all of the good US Presidents were afraid of. John Adams and James Monroe to name a couple. After 65 years our military is still protecting Europe, Japan, Isreal, Korea, and Taiwan. Our yearly defense budget is more than all of the next 17 countries combined, at 680,000,000,000.00 Yet Leon Panetta says that cutting 10 Billion over 5 years will destroy our military. This is the kind of garbage that comes out of the mouth of someone who has been bought by the MI complex. Freeing up the money we spend on war, or preparation for war will give us the funds we need to become energy independent in a very short time span. Once the demand for oil goes down so will the price. The price of fuel, by the way is regulated by capitalistic energy brokers, much like debeers controls the price of diamonds. There is no shortage of oil, or diamonds, the price of a gallon of gas is manipulated by the boogie man of the week. The past few weeks that has been Iran. Next week it will be another “Mouse that roared” We have been warned time and again not to get drawn into other peoples problems, but we stil see ourselves as the cavalry coming to save the masses. Unfortunately, the countries we go into to protect see us as Attilla the Hun.

      • Willie

        I agree, Jagans! Thank you.

    • Everyday Politics

      You probably know the answers, Frank, but let me state them for you.

      How will Ron Paul get our fuel cost down below a dollar a gallon?
      Ans. Reduce the power of the EPA and tell the greens to take a hike.

      How will Ron Paul control the massive Black budget expenses of the US Goverment when Obama can’t touch it or know about it?
      Ans. Cancel ridiculous and overreaching executive orders and do the job of POTUS. Start investigations into executive wrong-doing.

      How will Ron Paul reduce taxes from the little man and keep America afloat. Who will pay?
      Ans. Do you mean taxes ON the little man? Anyway, let taxes be for now and CUT SPENDING by one TRILLION the first year. Let or FORCE the FED to do their job of protecting the value of our currency and let other countries pull their own weight. Let crooks and criminals pay for their crimes so WE DON’T HAVE TO.

    • vic

      How will Ron Paul get our fuel cost down below a dollar a gallon? Allowing the US to use their own oil would be a great start. Stop buying arab oil and that price will fall.

      How will Ron Paul control the massive Black budget expenses of the US Goverment when Obama can’t touch it or know about it? WOW, yr kidding yrself if you think poor little Obumma doesn’t know what nasty business the US has themselves in. HE’S the problem.

      How will Ron Paul reduce taxes from the little man and keep America afloat. Who will pay. The US will pay. NOT the poor taxpayer. The US makes plenty of money on its own, its the SPENDING that has grown like some unstoppable juggernaut.

    • Jerry

      I believe from reading your questions that you believe government is out of control. I also think that you believe Dr. Ron Paul will be unable to help….. So I guess you think it is hopeless anyway! Well it may very well be hopeless, since government and the Federal Reserve have caused most of the problems but! So maybe just maybe Dr. Ron Paul has some ideas about how to help correct an out of control government, military industrial complex and a fraudulant banking system. Or I guess we could just elect Mittins Romney to continue what has not worked…..
      Not me! Give me Ron Paul not Barabbas!

      • Brian

        Very appropos…I told a ‘conservative’ the other day you can vote for Ron Paul or you can vote for the ‘republican/conservative’ nominee and continue the same crap that has got us in trouble to begin with…Unless Ron IS the republican nominee but I don’t think the MSM is going to allow that…HE said, ‘well a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama’…I would rather walk away from my vote with my head held high because I stood for something rather than lay down for anything…HE may be right and even IF Ron Paul is the next president he still has to account and convince the Senate and the House – and he won’t be able to do that unless there are TERM LIMITS in place…

        • Aurelio

          I love the decency, honesty, courage and sense of Dr. Ron Paul; this country would be in a much better shape if we could fill it up with people like him! I’d vote for him; but how you think that he will garner enough votes to unseat the community organizer, when even his base within the Republican Party is limited? He has expressed the idea of phasing out Social Security; that statement alone will make him lose Florida. The rest of his message makes a lot of sense for people who educate themselves about the state of the country and our future; but most people, don’t. Most people are herded into their opinions by advertisement and hearsay, or by simple stupidity. I remember the guy in Tampa that coming out of the precinct, after having cast his vote for GW in his reelection bid, was asked by a journalist why he had voted for Bush? And he answered, after some mental mumbling, “because he is a Christian…”

    • Denise

      Ron Paul is the only candidate who will restore honest money. Our economic woes are dire and he is the only one who is offering any solutions. Just a thought, when I was a little girl and we had sound money backed by silver, a silver quarter would buy a gallon of gas. A silver quarter STILL buys a gallon of gas. The Federal Reserve system has been robbing every honest working American through the hidden tax called inflation. We need Ron Paul more than ever before we fall into the abyss!

      • Hook24

        Actually a silver quarter will buy more than 2 gallons at this time, but your point was excellent.

  • Lee Watson

    Washington needs a doctor Ron Paul is the cure.Anyone else is Just A Toy.

  • Bill J.

    I love Ron Paul…….. Screw the two party BS we need to vote the Man or Woman individually on their qualifications and integrity.
    Ron Paul is the only one running with real ” Guts” to tackle the job and Scrap all the excess government .
    God bless Ron Paul and give him Favor in our land .
    We need a real leader to undo this mess the great FAKER got us into.
    My heart aches for a real President again who we and the world will respect instead of this CIRCUS CLOWN that has taken over with all his THUGS from Chicago underbelly .

    • Fred

      we need to protect Ron Paul he is becoming a target for the power brokers. Ron Needs more people to say and do the things he is doing. Those that agree with him need to run for office, any office, and openly support his ideas. This man is risking his life to save the country. We need to surround him and protect him, and pray for him, constantly. He will go the way of Kennedy if we do not protect him. Kennedy was the last prez that cared for the PEOPLE. GOOD LUCK RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!

  • Rosco1776

    Where’s the dance smiley? Ron Paul or not at all!!

  • Larry B

    Ron Paul will never be elected president. He should do the country a favor and quit running in every presidential election cycle.

    • Doug A

      sure…. By all means let’s just let the news media, and the political “leaders” pick who should run the country.

    • dj

      Larry B thinks the world has no problems also……

      • vic

        Larry B is either hopelessly ignorant or a traitor to our nation. Notice how he doesn’t state a SINGLE reason why he opposes Paul? Its because when they are stated, they are handily refuted.

        • Jerry

          Larry B….. If you can not see the light and your eyes are open then you have to question where you are?

        • Larry B

          I Didn’t say I was against Ron Paul. What I did say, was that he will never be elected president. He will never be the GOP nominee.

          • Libertarian58

            So you’re sawing we should just give up on defending liberty and let the crooks take over without any fight? Go study the Hegelian Dialectic to see why voting for the “lesser of evils” is playing right into the statists’ hands. If RP is not elected, It won’t matter one tiny bit which statist gets in, the country will continue down the tubes.

          • Marty S.

            OK Larry where are you hiding that crystal ball? How do you know the future eh?

    • Brogan

      Couldn’t agree more you need to learn these people on this website are too ignorant and stupid no matter how many facts you presernt to them no matter how much stuff you present they’re just too ignorant and stupid to listen hey made it made a few videos you might be interested in a few online youtube videos call how to deal with paultards and ron paul gets booed

      • Jay

        Wow, an english major!

      • libertytrain

        Brogan just displayed his own arrogant ignorance for all to read…

      • Libertarian58

        Brogan, If you want to be less ignorant than you already are, study the Hegelian Dialectic to see why we need Ron Paul. Hope you can understand it. . .

    • Fred

      Who ever the news tells us to vote for we should vote for someone else, anyone else. The news is now a political organization, not a news service anymore.

    • Aurelio

      I think you are wrong, Ron Paul’s message is sound, rational and could bring real solutions. No matter if he wins or not the nomination, the message is out, like the genie, and will continue to influence and shape The political discourse. Who ever gets the nomination will have to cater to his supporters, if he wants to win a general election against a President that has a lot of cash and most of the media on his corner.
      Ron Paul is full of ideas, and ideas never die! People do. He will survive in the ideas that he conceived that eventually will help to change society and government for the better.

  • Warrior

    It’s Ron Paul or a just continuation of this nightmare. Doesn’t our state of affairs over the past 50 years feel like you’re just reliving groundhog day?

  • Glen Xx

    Larry, you are wrong. R. Reagan ran three times.

    By the way RINO Romney can never get elected.

    Ron Paul will, it will happen on the convention floor.

    Ron Paul all the way.

    • Larry B

      Ron Paul is no Ronald Reagan and never will be. He will be out of contention long before the convention.

      • Jagans

        Ron Paul never claimed to be, nor ever wanted to be RR. Please go to wikipedia or some other source and see how much RR increased defense spending, and the deficit, then tell us what you think. Please dont use the Mr. G tear down this wall BS. The wall was going to fall regardless, because the system dosent work.

      • Alex Frazier

        Just to say so, Milton Friedman was Reagan’s economic advisor (according to Friedman himself in an interview). He was an Austrian economist. Paul is also an Austrian economist. The differece between Paul and Reagan is that Paul doesn’t need to be advised or schooled on economic policy. He’s the professor. Ron Paul in office will be Reagan².

      • James Stone

        Larry, Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE who CAN beat Obama! If he can win the republican primaries, then against Obama he will pull the votes of the republicans, the independents, the blacks, the youth, the libertarians, the constitution party, and the blue dog dems. It will take all of these to beat Obama. If any of the others win, they will only pull some republican votes, probably not even as many republicans as Ron Paul will pull and none of the votes from any of the other groups. Any of the other candidates will lose badly to Obama. A vote in the primary for anyone other than Ron Paul is a vote for Obama.

        • vic

          James Stone is 100% right. Paul appeals to the right, left AND the independents. Many democrats have defected because of Obumma’s ineptitude or downright traitor policies.

      • http://google rose

        Don’t want a another RR. Want a RP.

      • Bill

        Why dont you just say you are a demo or Rino and you are going to vote for you know who? You don’t have to deceive us, in fact you can’t. We can see right through your words.

      • Marten, Canadian Libertarian

        I do believe in Ron Paul,RR was a failure

  • Clark

    Ron Paul has the same questions after his name as the other candidates, but I really like some of his answers. One man cannot change a government that has taken on an entity of it’s own. The whole system has become a dictatorship instead of a representative government. They certainly aren’t going to vote themselves out of control. They have it set up so we can only vote out just so many at a time. Therefore we can never control them. The new ones are soon to become part of the problem. If Paul would head up a revolution, then we could actually change the system.

    • GILLYSROOMS in Australia

      Clark, unless the voting system is totally corrupt like in Russia, then the people will come out in their droves to vote for Ron Paul if they get to hear his messages in debates and his verbal answers to questions…not just publicity which can be written up any way the journalist or editor wants to smear his name. He needs real life publicity in what he is actually saying verbally…that is his strongest asset and then millions more than Obama got will come out to vote to put sense back into government. The fact that he is Governmer proves his voting supporters in his neck of the woods think he is ok and so will the masses come to follow him.

      • Alex Frazier

        He’s a Representative, actually, not a governor. Rick Perry is the governor of Texas.

        But that aside, you’re absolutely right. My wife was a little shaky on some of Paul’s platforms, because, unfortunately, Paul is not the most articulate man when he gets on stage. But when she heard him speak in person, she said she felt much better about him, and about what it is he stands for.

        So Paul does need to get out there and campaign in person. It makes all the difference in the world. Because of the way he speaks, he needs more than a thirty-second sound bite to express his ideas fully and properly. And most people don’t understand his ideas because he has only been able to give a limited summary of them in most of his television appearances.

  • Maxine

    Go Ron Paul he is the only one that will heal are country. And we the people shouldnt let the news and libs tell us who to vote for they wont change my mind he is the only true person that realy cares about us

    • Jagans

      AMEN. RON PAUL IN 2012!!!!!

    • TML

      I support Ron Paul, but let’s face it… One man can’t change the whole system, remake it, or unmake it. If so, then it would still be a dictatorship. The people have to change their ideas of what government should be, as he himself says. Ron Paul is a great start to head in the right direction, but it will take the people, staying informed, and actively participating in their government, whether its voting for congress members or a president, to the city mayor, and local town meetings. He has woken many people up, but we need to stay awake, to invoke real change. After Ron Paul gets elected, it isn’t time to sit back and expect him alone to do everything… It would be time to get busy, and continue to get involved. I’ve heard that there are more first time voters, voting for paul than any other time, and that movement will have to continue. Ron Paul is just the start.

      • Alex Frazier

        You say that one man can’t change the system. BUT, the support behind Paul has grown massive since the ’08 election. That means he is changing the mentality of voters across the nation.

        So one man IS changing the system. It’s just a slow process.

      • Everyday Politics

        If I’m reading you correctly, we are in close agreement. Ron Paul needs to find a way to convince people that it is not just him and the individual voters against the elite. With the establishment and powers that be united against him he will be very ineffective.

      • Susan, remaining humble

        I totally agree with your comments. Thanks

  • GILLYSROOMS in Australia

    In my opinion the problem I see all the way from Australia is that you have too many Republican varietys of ‘dud product’ your offering the voters and its essentially more of same as what Obama is offering despite all the posturing of them all being otherwise inclined.

    The ONLY REAL chance you have is DR RON PAUL to go head to head with Obama administration if you really want a crack at the Presidency because in Dr Paul you have a consistant message plain an simple full of integrity and a natural wisdom and diplomacy which would normally take several lifetimes in the history of politics to acquire you AND unless his sons have the same wisdom, you will never find it again.
    DR RON PAUL IS ONCE IN A LIFETIME REAL TREASURE worth more than gold and should be awarded a Noble Prize for his constant efforts for a smarter form of peace and defence in the world.

    DR RON PAUL needs to be seen in more debates to show listerners what a treasure you really have in the USA today. Anyone listerning and even with an once of brain would understand policies which are made to sound so complex by the other rabble.

    • Alex Frazier

      We’re glad to have your support from over there in Australia.

      That’s the other thing Paul has that many of the others do not. Supporters outside of the United States.

      I guess you’re just crazy too. lol. You must be if you support freedom.

      • Marten, Canadian Libertarian

        Yes Alex, I’ve been a supporter for ten years,I’m just your neighbor up-north

    • fedup


    • Willie

      Well said, thank you!

    • Marty S.

      You are awesome, America truly needs to wake up and get a clue. Ron Paul has my vote even if I have write his name on my ballot.

  • Bett

    I see America retaining her SOVEREIGNTY w/Paul, the ‘other Ron’. The Dr can remove the cancer of AGENDA 21 and get us out of the UN. Restore our Constitution and give power back to the states and cut back the big business of GOV’T! Let’s reach out to the independents and get Republicans to investigate the truth vs media twists about Paul. This is our LAST President and no other will put us back on track 180′ to restore vs destroy us. No one can touch him economically, his weak area is being understood and not a political prostitute willing to say/do anything for the vote and not deliver! Sure we would like the shallow, handsome speaking candidate, but they will continue us in downward spiral. UNITE America to save her! Love comments on all these blogs, go beyond to facebook, twitter, anywhere you can reveal truth vs media lies. God help us and save America!

  • tonto

    I have seen him speak 5 times. His message is one of freedom. As a veteran I believe we are in TOO many countries. Way too many countries. And we occupy too many bases. This is something we can no longer afford. To those who want to keep this – are YOU going to pay for it in additional income taxes? And are YOU going to go volunteer your kids and grandkids to battle in foreign lands?

    We have an over spending problem. Paul is the only one talking about cutting programs. Again will those who want everything to continue – pay more of their personal taxes? Not doing so it leaving huge debts for the youngest workers.

    Pay attention in N. Hampshire today. Paul is running second place. IF he is edged out and comes in third the results were rigged. Last election there were a lot of questionable things that happened there.

  • skippy

    I am THRILLED to see so much support for Dr. Ron Paul.
    Let’s hope the ‘fever’ catches on ALL OVER the USA!!! :)

    • http://google rose

      I have been behind Ron Paul since the last election. Ron Paul 2012!

  • DavidL

    Ron Paul!

    • http://google rose

      Ron Paul 2012!

  • Country First

    Why does the media insist that Ron Paul is unelectable? Perhaps, they fear he can emerge as the only viable candidate and winner upsetting their NWO agenda. Come on folks, keep up the good fight for the only man who could turn things around.

  • 4204life

    “Campaign for Liberty”/RonPaul2012- The establishment pundits are in scramble mode.

  • Jefferson Thomas

    As a registered Libertarian since 1990 I will be voting for Dr. Paul.

    If George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison were running for the presidency today, I am sure the press and the pundits would find them to be “unelectable”, “out of the mainstream”, “like a crazy old uncle”. The founders mentioned above would have had an education equal to or better than a bachelors degree today by the time they were in the 6th grade….excluding of course, the rantings of their leftist professors thrown in for examples of nonsensical lunacy for clown prep school or the school of journalism.

  • William L collins

    the people in N.H. had better pay att, we do not need Romney or any of the reast there the same as Obama RON PAUL the only one thats runing that they should vote for the news media and the ones that are bad mouthing him don’t want to lose there money makeing gravetrain from the people and the money from there over seas corperatitions that they ship in here for big proffits and him taken the E.P.A. under control so i’ll vote RON PAUL

  • Buck

    I am tickled to death and extremely thankfull that so many Americans are waking up to the reality that WE need RON PAUL more than he needs us if we are to continue our to be the light of the world in freedon , liberty , and most of all JUSTICE . RON PAUL for President of the United States of America . WE have to have RON PAUL in the White House .

  • realest

    Major draw back to Ron Paul, he needs comen sence about our military like his son does. Other than that, love all that radical stuff to put U.S.A. back on track. Truly beleave only way to get back on track.

  • Randy

    The Media Can Legally Lie

    By Mike Gaddy
    Writer for


    In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

    Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997 the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise.

    According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox’s actions to the FCC, they were both fired.(Project Censored #12 1997)

    Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station and on August 18, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre was wrongfully fired by Fox Television when she refused to broadcast (in the jury’s words) “a false, distorted or slanted story” about the widespread use of BGH in dairy cows. They further maintained that she deserved protection under Florida’s whistle blower law. Akre was awarded a $425,000 settlement. Inexplicably, however, the court decided that Steve Wilson, her partner in the case, was ruled not wronged by the same actions taken by FOX.

    FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. The Court held that Akre’s threat to report the station’s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida’s whistle blower statute, because Florida’s whistle blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted “law, rule, or regulation.” In a stunningly narrow interpretation of FCC rules, the Florida Appeals court claimed that the FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation,” it was simply a “policy.” Therefore, it is up to the station whether or not it wants to report honestly.

    During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. After the appeal verdict WTVT general manager Bob Linger commented, “It’s vindication for WTVT, and we’re very pleased… It’s the case we’ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.”


    UPDATE BY LIANE CASTEN: If we needed any more proof that we now live in an upside down world, the saga of Jane Akre, along with her husband, Steve Wilson, could not be more compelling.

    Akre and Wilson won the first legal round. Akre was awarded $425,000 in a jury trial with well-crafted arguments for their wrongful termination as whistleblowers. And in the process, they also won the prestigious “Goldman Environmental” prize for their outstanding efforts. However, FOX turned around and appealed the verdict. This time, FOX won; the original verdict was overturned in the Appellate Court of Florida’s Second District. The court implied there was no restriction against distorting the truth. Technically, there was no violation of the news distortion because the FCC’s policy of news distortion does not have the weight of the law. Thus, said the court, Akre-Wilson never qualified as whistleblowers.

    What is more appalling are the five major media outlets that filed briefs of Amici Curiae- or friend of FOX – to support FOX’s position: Belo Corporation, Cox Television, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., Media General Operations, Inc., and Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. These are major media players! Their statement, “The station argued that it simply wanted to ensure that a news story about a scientific controversy regarding a commercial product was present with fairness and balance, and to ensure that it had a sound defense to any potential defamation claim.”

    “Fairness and balance?” Monsanto hardly demonstrated “fairness and balance” when it threatened a lawsuit and demanded the elimination of important, verifiable information!

    The Amici position was “If upheld by this court, the decision would convert personnel actions arising from disagreements over editorial policy into litigation battles in which state courts would interpret and apply federal policies that raise significant and delicate constitutional and statutory issues.” After all, Amici argued, 40 states now have Whistleblower laws, imagine what would happen if employees in those 40 states followed the same course of action?

    The position implies that First Amendment rights belong to the employers – in this case the five power media groups. And when convenient, the First Amendment becomes a broad shield to hide behind. Let’s not forget, however; the airwaves belong to the people. Is there no public interest left—while these media giants make their private fortunes using the public airwaves? Can corporations have the power to influence the media reporting, even at the expense of the truth? Apparently so.

    In addition, the five “friends” referred to FCC policies. The five admit they are “vitally interested in the outcome of this appeal, which will determine the extent to which state whistleblower laws may incorporate federal policies that touch on sensitive questions of editorial judgment.”

    Anyone concerned with media must hear the alarm bells. The Bush FCC, under Michael Powell’s leadership, has shown repeatedly that greater media consolidation is encouraged, that liars like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are perfectly acceptable, that to refer to the FCC interpretation of “editorial judgment” is to potentially throw out any pretense at editorial accuracy if the “accuracy” harms a large corporation and its bottom line. This is our “Brave New Media”, the corporate media that protects its friends and now lies, unchallenged if need be.

    The next assault: the Fox station then filed a series of motions in a Tampa Circuit Court seeking more than $1.7 million in trial fees and costs from both Akre and Wilson. The motions were filed on March 30 and April 16 by Fox attorney, William McDaniels—who bills his client at $525 to $550 an hour. The costs are to cover legal fees and trial costs incurred by FOX in defending itself at the first trial. The issue may be heard by the original trial judge, Ralph Steinberg—a logical step in the whole process. However, Judge Steinberg must come out of retirement if he is to hear this, so the hearing, set for June 1, may go to a new judge, Judge Maye.

    Akre and her husband feel the stress. “There is no justification for the five stations not to support us,” she said. “Attaching legal fees to whistleblowers is unprecedented, absurd. The ‘business’ of broadcasting trumps it all. These news organizations must ensure they are worthy of the public trust while they use OUR airwaves, free of charge. Public trust is alarmingly absent here.”

    Indeed. This is what our corporate media, led by such as Rupert Murdoch, have come to. How low we have fallen.


    • Randy

      RON PAUL 2012

    • GILLYSROOMS in Australia

      Randy, some 20 years ago I put a submission into a govt inquiry into the media, suggesting that newspapers should have notes on the bottom declaring whether it was a piece of fiction and the sources of information, but I was laughed at then..I could never see a court determining that the truth had to be printed in any of Rupert Murdochs fictional news media groups not only because the Fox News is really mainly fiction made out to look like real news and because the journalists in Australia anyway never do any real research on important matters because they just look at old fictional stories in their archives to save time and embelish them even more. They are just plain lazy and need to create sensaional headlines to get readers to buy…they never let the truth get in the way of a good story. I wonder how many poorly researched financial stories have been published?

      The other two main reasons are they will want to protect their main advertisers sectional interests and the other main reason is because the various teirs of government have a habit of printing lies to protect national security and not to create panic in the streets.

      I believe that most readers already know not to rely on News Ltd Fox news services and treat it like the entertainment news that it really is…its unfortunate that the not so educated who follow the lives of the Hollywoods make belive set believe the garbage they read…but I doubt many of those people would vote in your non compulsory system of elections anyway..

  • Jack Allen

    I am a great admiror of Rand Paul, so I must point out how utterly somber he was on the stage behind Ron on the night of the Iowa caucuses. He never broke into even a grin, much less any laughter to join all the others on the stage at various comments by Ron. He clapped with the crowd in a very weak way, never enthusiastically. He really looked like he was sorry he had to be there, hoping people wouldn’t notice him. I am convinced he knows that Ron’s foreign policy comments are kooky if not isolationist. Has anyone ever heard of Father Caughlin of America First before WWII? I got his newsletter for a while in the 60′s: it’s true, there were isolationists against our entry into wwII. I’m not saying that the Iraqi war was justified, in the end, but that doesn’t mean we should retreat to hide behind our shorelines.

    • GILLYSROOMS in Australia

      Tes I noticed that too…did not look good, but one never knows what threats may have been made against such a popular candidate which might not be advertised.

    • skippy

      I do not think the intention is to “hide” behind the shorelines…I believe the plan is to PROTECT the borders of the USA from the daily flood of illegals that come here to take over and ruin this great country. Why invade anywhere else? The invasion is HERE right under our noses, and NO ONE will do a damn thing about it. RON PAUL FOR 2012 AND THE USA!! :)

  • Robert Morrow

    Somewhere along the line Ron Paul said that he wants to rein in the Shadow Governments which RULE the Nation. I hope he wins and doew just that. Let us take one the FDA (Murder for Profit Inc.) which approves poison drugs that KILL and thoursands of Toxins allow in your food supplies and all for Increased Profits. Just look at Vioxx approved by the FDA and did not get removed from the Market until 140,000 heart attacks and 60,000 deaths of our citizens, yet all I hear is about the deaths from 10 years of war, which was not needed. So what happen to producer Merck which committed these crimes and are to big to prosecute NOTHING. Just Why hasn’t the rulers of the FDA haven’t been impeached and Jailed. All because their are being protected the the Corrupt Senators & Representatives and all for the 30 pieces of blood stain silver. enough said.

  • Liztalk

    Ron Paul: foolish consistency, personified

    By Leonard Pitts Jr.
    January 5, 2012

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, meet Ronald Ernest Paul. He is the very soul of a foolish consistency. Meaning that he is willing, often to a fault, to follow his ideology to its logical and most extreme conclusions.

    In this, the congressman differs from other GOP contenders for the White House and, for that matter, from most politicians, period. Your average pol might rail against the intrusion of government into the private lives of its citizens, then turn right around and advocate a law regulating what a gay man does in his bedroom — and see no contradiction. Mr. Paul is too intellectually honest for that.

    Intellectual honesty is a good thing, if only because it can lead you to reconsider a faulty premise. But in Mr. Paul’s take on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he doubles down on the bad premise instead.

    Mr. Paul has long argued — and reiterated Sunday on CNN — that the act, which liberated untold millions of African-Americans from the tyranny of Jim Crow, “destroyed the principle of private property and private choices.” In other words, forcing a restaurant to take down a “Whites only” sign infringed the rights of the restaurant’s owner. A similar argument was made by segregationists in 1964 — and by slave owners in the 1850s.

    Maybe it’s easy to make freedom an issue of “property rights” when you have never been the property.

    That said, it is of little importance to wonder, as some are now doing, whether all of this makes Ron Paul a racist. Yes, we’ve recently learned of a newsletter sent out under his name in the 1990s that included racist language. Yes, Mr. Paul has won — and declined to disavow — the support of various white supremacist groups.

    But yes, too, Mr. Paul has (rightly) decried the “war on drugs” as a war on African-American men. So take him at his word, that he is just a man for whom government equals tyranny, a view shared by many on the right. Then ask yourself what sort of nation this would be if that view ever prevailed.

    Can government be overlarge, overbearing, overwhelming, over restrictive, over intrusive? Of course. And where it is those things, it is the right — and duty — of the electorate to pare it back.

    On the other hand, unless you enjoy salmonella in your food and lead in your paint, unless you think it’s OK that your doctor has no medical degree and your lawyer no license, unless you’re fine with breathing sooty air and drinking tainted water and unless you really think a black woman in Mississippi, locked out of public places by threat of violence and force of law, should have been required to wait on market forces to rescue her, you must regard Mr. Paul’s moral imbecility with a certain appalled awe.

    Heaven help us if the intellectual rigidity he symbolizes is really the only alternative to the intellectual malleability of so many of his colleagues.

    At its best, government vindicates and defends a people’s noblest ideals. The Civil Rights Act was government at its best. Mr. Paul disputes this and styles himself a defender of freedom for so doing. Too bad he can’t spend a day being black in Mississippi in 1964. He might emerge with a better understanding of that word.

    As it is, Mr. Paul’s extremism only proves this much: Emerson didn’t know the half of it.

    Leonard Pitts is a syndicated columnist. His email is

    Copyright © 2012, The Baltimore Sun

    • MJ

      Your argument, borrowed from Pitts, shows that you have adopted the self-contradicting behaviors of those who got us into this mess.

      Your imbecility of telling us that those who choose freedom would be more subject to salmonella in our food, and lead in our paint just shows that you have no respect for intelligent combat in the market place, where bankruptcy would follow the company that abused today’s enabled citizen, cautious of hyped advertising and acting with a simple background of monitoring, not regulation. Merck would be gone, not thriving as it does now under your insulting idea that freedom thrives under regulatory federal government intruding into realms where it has no constitutional right to operate.

      Intellectual honesty is not the same as rigidity, which claim of yours exposes your own hostility toward honesty.

      And as for your quest to suggest that the Civil Rights Act was for the noblest and highest ideals, and that Dr Paul is wrong in being critical of that document, perhaps you should see what that Civil Rights Act would have looked like IF WRITTEN BY INTELLECTUALLY HONEST, FREEDOM HONORING legislators.

      Being a victim is not necessarily a lesson in honesty nor a guarantee of understanding and honoring freedom. Many groups that have been victimized in various cultures, not just this one, are highly prejudiced and favor unjust behavior. You’ve bought so much propaganda your brain can’t even connect the dots and see what’s in front of your nose.

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  • jake

    Is Ron Paul still a member of the John Birch Society, and if not, when did he leave and why? Does anyone know?

  • sancheleezy

    Keep it simple—-we need Constitutional change and Dr. Ron Paul provides the restoration that this Nation needs, in order to put this country back on track. Right now it is derailed and we need some solid engineering and leadership and the others like Obama just do not even comprehend the damage that they have created—–or let’s face it they just don’t care as they are so corrupt.

  • tonto

    Ron Paul will be getting some press now. His followers know he is the best person for the job. The public will now hear him and he will attract the independents and dems and liberals


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