Early last week, Ron Paul’s base was energized in discussions about mainstream media’s utter disregard for the candidate; now, an appearance in Time Magazine, an attack by Bill O’Reilly and an interview with Lou Dobbs are among the candidate’s surfacing mentions in the mainstream media.
Time, in its article entitled “The Prophet,” gives Paul seemingly Yoda-esque status (which many people feel is appropriate given the candidate’s age, stature and visionary speeches predicting big problems directly related to big government) and paints him in a primarily favorable light. However, Prison Planet warns that the idealistic nature of the piece is yet another attempt by the mainstream media to discredit the candidate, citing a blog post from Time writer Alex Altman.
“His foreign policy of nonintervention is a nonstarter among neoconservatives. His view that social issues like abortion and gay marriage should be left up to the states causes social conservatives to blanch,” writes Altman.
An example of Paul’s demeanor toward government problems directly correlating to Time’s depiction of the man was witnessed last Wednesday in his interview with Dobbs.
“I would urge the people of this country to change what we see as the role of government,” Paul said when asked how government should reduce deficits. “We have to adjust the subject of runaway entitlements and runaway spending overseas, which is no easy chore.”
Paul said that he believes that government deficit is, in reality, worse than what has been reported to the public by officials because of debt incurred through rampant borrowing. He said the actual number is somewhere in the $5 trillion range. The candidate expressed opinions later in the interview that the cuts necessary to get the economy on a track for real recovery were likely to lead to unrest such as that seen throughout England weeks ago as the nanny state becomes far less nurturing.
O’Reilly discredited Paul on a recent broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor, saying that the candidate had been invited to appear on the show but did not show up. An analyst, Dick Morris, alleged that perhaps Paul was afraid that he could not back up his ideas regarding U.S. foreign and domestic policy in debate with the television anchor. Morris also questioned Paul’s ability to defeat Obama in the Presidential election.
“Those people who love him better love Obama, because if he ever gets the nomination they can have him for four more years,” Morris said.
Paul has not yet responded to Morris’ statements.