Thursday, September 6, 2007

11. Ron Paul in the Fox den

"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell (1903-1950)

"The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
- John Swinton (1829-1901), former managing editor of the the New York Times circa 1880

Regarding these YouTubes -- here and here -- of Ron Paul's electrifying performance in Wednesday's Republican debate, a friend wrote: "When they ask him questions, listen to someone in the background laughing. Did you notice?"

Needless to say, I did notice -- as did any attentive soul who slogged through this latest charade of a 'debate.' As expected, we witnessed a series of shameless and purposeful tactics intended to undermine Dr. Paul, including:
  • The repeated, unfiltered, derogatory laughter of a miked attendee,

  • The openly hostile, pre-meditated line of questioning, typified by Chris Wallace's "You're basically saying that we should take our marching orders from al Qaeda?", and

  • The post-debate coverage, where we saw the over-matched Hannity rudely attempt to 'educate' Dr. Paul on international affairs, as well as Colmes' dishonest dismissal of yet another Ron Paul post-debate poll victory (see
Moreover, Fox attempted to "ice" Dr. Paul in both the debate and post-debate coverage. In the debate, his first question came after 30 minutes and, in some cases, after multiple questions had been asked of other candidates. And in the fourth consecutive post-debate 'round-up,' they interviewed Dr. Paul last -- or damn near last, despite the fact he's the only reason to watch these 'debates' at all -- and they know it.

The bias was so blatant that only a Faux News drone could miss it. (For further details, see this post.)

But you know what?





Not only did Dr. Paul sweep the floor with the Neo-Clones, but the bias and corruption of Faux News is apparent to anyone with a pair of ears and an active brain between 'em. And in the modern era, we're no longer beholden to the manipulations of state-empowering media sources. The establishment's grip on the minds of Americans erodes with each passing day, a process accelerated by every Ron Paul address, interview, quip, column, and appearance -- as well as each blog posted, truth told, lie exposed, sign painted, e-mail sent, banner hoisted, sticker seen, deception bared, piece written, rally held, t-shirt worn,
myth debunked, sky-ad flown, falsehood challenged, brochure passed, yard sign planted, clipping read, YouTube made, question raised, mind opened, and pretzel eaten (well, maybe not the pretzels ...).

Wednesday night, in his few allotted seconds of camera time, Ron smoked the competition -- again -- and he dominated the post-debate poll with over 30% of text-message responses (and be sure to watch THIS and THIS). Even Mike 'Iron-Fist-of-Unity' Huckabee inadvertently praised Ron in his own post-debate interview ... twice! (See this clip.)
"I have great respect for Congressman Paul -- he's a man who has deep convictions, he stands by them, he doesn't care who likes him or who doesn't, and for that I appreciate him." - Mike Huckabee, September 5, 2007

"If you look at it, there's really one candidate of all of us who is substantially different than the rest of us; that's Congressman Paul." - Mike Huckabee, September 5, 2007
Ain't that the truth.

Where we go from here is anybody's guess, but two things are certain. One, our building momentum gets yet another bump from the latest Ron Paul Moment -- and two, the establishment's sleep grows increasingly restless.

Postscript: In his latest e-mail to supporters, Dr. Paul described the following post-debate scene:
"After the debate, many young people gathered around the stage to discuss our ideas and ask questions about them (and to have me sign their badges). My colleagues got no such response, and after a few moments, 'security' ordered me off the stage. Can't have any such demonstration of interest in liberty."