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Should Ron Paul be allowed at Sunday's debate?

There seems to be a debate going on between Fox News and New Hampshire Republicans over precisely who will participate in this weekend's presidential debate.

Rumor has it that online fundraising sensation and Texas congressman Ron Paul and San Diego congressman Duncan Hunter will be excluded because their N.H. poll numbers are not in double digits, although Paul's fourth quarter fundraising numbers were way into double digits, nearing $20 million, according to his website. In the first 240 minutes of the new year, nearly $11,000 more came in.

Over the weekend a Fox News spokeswoman told Top of the Ticket that the New Hampshire Republican Party was making the choice of candidates to participate in the televised GOP presidential debate on Jan. 6 with Chris Wallace moderating. She even provided the chairman's e-mail: to confirm that. Alas, the chairman never responded to us.

Then, on Monday, that state party chair, Fergus Cullen, issued a statement saying that limiting candidates was not in the party's tradition, suggesting the media should not be in the ....

business of excluding serious candidates and talks were continuing with Fox.

So whose decision is it?

Understandably, neither side apparently wants to incur the online wrath of Paul's passionate parishioners, who scour the Internet around the clock and descend like locusts on any opportunity to praise Paul or right perceived wrongs on any website or blog they can find. If word got out that Fox/News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch's e-mail was, his mailbox would be full in a flash.

Paul's supporters have set up a special protest website to marshal support, as well as urge his fervent followers as follows:

"We need to send a message to Fox's Rupert Murdoch & his fellow Neocon buddies that he is not Musharraf and the U.S. is not Pakistan, yet!  Fox News cannot just stifle public opinion, debate and impact a primary election by excluding Ron Paul just because they don't like his message of freedom and liberty. Cover them up with e-mails and they will just say it was a mistake or miscommunication.  Be respectful as all of the e-mail addresses below are just employees trying to keep their jobs with the world's largest media monopoly."

The mainstream media -- or msm -- are a particular target of Paul's vociferous followers, an eclectic mix of libertarians and disaffected Republicans, Democrats and, until now, non-voters. Outspoken to say the least, they disregard stories like this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one. They believe that major newspapers and broadcast networks have conspired to pay insufficient attention to Dr. Paul, a 72-year-old ob-gyn and 10-term House member, citing his low numbers in polls, which Paulites believe are self-fulfilling frauds designed to cause voters to invest their votes in more traditional candidates with a seemingly more realistic chance of winning.

Only when these followers, led by a mysterious amateur musician and fundraiser, began making their average $100 campaign donations by the thousands last fall, setting a new one-day online record in excess of $6 million and making Paul the only Republican candidate to increase his donations every quarter in 2007, did the media begin paying attention. But no amount of attention seems sufficient for Paulites, who complain when there is no coverage and then complain again about any coverage they do get. Watch the comments section below.

They gather in chatrooms and more than 1,200 meet-up groups across the country to paint signs, write letters, organize marches and protests, support each other and otherwise promote the Ron Paul Revolution, which they believe will arrive when primary voting starts.

Some 300 young Paul supporters have been in caucus-training camps in Iowa in recent days and are shooting for maybe a stunning third-place there ahead of more famous fellows like John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. And they hope to possibly do even better in New Hampshire where the state slogan "Live Free or Die" would seem to lend itself to their cause.

But first fights first. Iowa this Thursday. The Fox forum on Sunday. Then on to New Hampshire and beyond, carrying Dr. Paul's antiabortion, antiwar, strict constitutionalist banner.

--Andrew Malcolm

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You're getting better, Andrew. But turn on CNN and tell me the coverage isn't biased - the MSM single-handedly created the Huckabee surge! And they continue...their favorites for the current moment are Clinton, Obama, Romney and Huckabee. They also talk more about Guiliani, McCain and Thompson, who - even in some polls - have lower numbers than Dr. Paul. Just go to any "news" organization's website and tally up the names you see in the headlines. The evidence is clear and obvious.
And, finally, your bias is clear as well. Rather than state that Ron Paul is pro-life, adheres to the Constitution, and is for a non-interventionist foregin policy (as advised by our founding fathers), you use more negative connotations, such as anti and strict. Tell me, sir, what exactly is wrong about following the Constitution of this country?

I suppose Ron Paul would agree that a private entity like FOX has no obligation to include him, and will conclude that it is FOX's perogative to report or not report as they see fit. But I as a private individual I also have the right to call it as I see it, and to not financially support FOX's biases.

For a long time I have defended FOX's biases, saying that "You are just not used to hearing both sides of issues, so it just seems biased..." But this is too horrific for words.

Their anchor people must be mortified. There's no way to defend it without looking ridiculous!

First I would like to say thank you for the article, it was one of the nicer pieces that I have read from a non supporter so again thank you. Second as I watch all the media that R.P. does get, I am starting to see a funny trend. It seems that when ever he has an interview from someone who doesn't agree with R.P they always try to dig up some lame thing to put him in a bad light. EX... on meet the press the whole thing about Abraham lincon I mean really do the other candidates get asked questions about the civil war and the president at the time???? Talk about reaching for something to smear his name over!!!! Lastly for all those who don't want to go back to the constitution let me remind you if freedom fails here there is no place left to go!!!!! So if you want your government to make all your decisions for you go to China or Russia and get out of my country because this is the land of the free not land of the slaves. I don't need the gov to tell me what to do even if it means things will be a little bit rougher on me I am willing to accept that in order to have freedom when I say freedom I mean constitutional freedom in the truest meaning word for word!!!

Now this is real journalism - just the facts, no opinion or forecasts
Good Job Thanks!

Thank you for your continuing coverage. I don't mind occasional sarcasm and obvious bafflement at our outwardly apparent collective mindset... I'm well aware that many find it hard to imagine regular Joes and Janes, hippies, fundamentalists, bunker-dwellers, and net geeks all supporting the same guy (some suspect the Constitution has something to do with it). You are maintaining your objectivity, and I respect that.

How much of this discussion ever sees print? I have noticed that many major outlets are increasing Ron Paul web-only coverage, but not so much in print, TV or radio (The Russert and Beck interviews are notable exceptions, but I honestly thought they should have been done months ago). I can only assume we're supposed to be happy to be thrown a little bone occasionally. The best example of how the media is covering the Paul campaign, to me, is that every single televised debate program in the past used to have lots of shots of supporters outside included. That is, right up until Ron Paul supporters started dominating those gatherings at the start of this debate season. St. Petersburg was an excellent example. They had a freakin' circus out there with boats and planes and crowds totally dwarfing everyone else's efforts, but no national coverage at all.

Folks who might happen to write to Fox News should be aware that they are now filtering "ron paul", "debate" and other obvious words from their emails. I'd suggest some deliberate creative misspellings in variable patterns to avoid this. Not surprisingly, Fox doesn't want to hear from us at all.

I must say that the comment sections of Ron Paul articles have improved greatly since the beginning of last year from what I can see. It takes time for political neophytes to get their legs under them when it comes to persuasive writing. And certainly our numbers have grown far beyond the point where anyone feels they "need" to comment on something, lest the freedom viewpoint not be represented. I know I used to feel this way a lot, but now I have lots of company to keep that from happening so much. Not concidently, the number of articles has also gone through the roof.

I doubt that Harry Browne (RIP) generated as much dialogue in two entire campaigns as Ron Paul has in the last 30 days, despite running on a nearly identical basic platform and being a much more eloquent speaker. I suspect that a good part of that is that Ron's slightly to the right of Harry on immigration and abortion, and much more moderate in his approach to solving things. Another big part is his party affiliation. Then there's the record, the consistency over time, and the grandpa factor The rest is the natural result of communications advances, and the leanings of those who understand them.

So thanks, Andrew, for being an active participant and actually engaging with us. It's much better than the alternative. You're right, we are a story, and we've known it all along.

(Thanks for reading and taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment.)

Wow what a lot of blog reponses. One would think that this Ron Paul guy has a lot of backers. Wonder if that could translate into votes? Go Ron Paul and have a great 2008!!!!!!!!

Go Ron Paul !!!

BTW, thanks for adopting "Paulunteer". It's about time someone in the media used a term that actually comes from us rather than our detractors. Respect begets respect.

I wonder if there's some kind of documentary going about HOW the poll numbers are pulled together each election?

I mean, honestly, how many fingers can there really be in this pie?

We need a better way to poll candidate popularity. Or maybe we should forget about polling, and find another way to "weed out" lesser candidates than media-funded popularity contests.

What's the problem FOX? Let the man debate.

If you don't know who Ron Paul is or, what he stands for then check out the issues:

Forget what FOX news tells you and make up your own mind.

Democracy to survive needs a protected market place of political and economic ideas and the more the better. Political and economic monopolies and oligopolies can not survive in the nurturing soil of democracy where the more diversity and freedom of choice opportunities given can only strengthen it to optimum health. Murdock, a pro- monopolist of world communications and billionaire fom Australia - a loyal entity of the British Empire, which we successfully fought from 1776 on till independence, and now the Commonwealth of Nations, by denying Ron Paul and the American electorate their right to hear his pro-US Constitution ideals, has placed FOX NEWS as an enemy of Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Expression, the Bill of Rights, and the US Constitution. America wants to make the world safe for democracy but we must practice what we preach by making democracy real and viable in America so that other nations can follow our example. If you love the US Constitution boycott all the sponsors of FOX NEWS and make them know it and spread this tactic of nonviolance to all your relatives, friends and the internet. According to our official foreign policies, America and its allies in WWI, WWII, and the other wars after them, sacrifed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers and millions of people who died in those wars to carry out our goals. FOX NEWS has committed sacrilege against their sacrife to make the world safe for Democracy. Murdock is a hypocrite against the Democratic ideals of Mankind and those who work in FOX NEWS should resign in protest if they have any patriotism left.

I for one would like to say that I pray every day that Ron Paul will get more press, more publicity, and more fair reporting on the big media outlets. Every time I see anything about him on TV it's either "those crazy Ron Paul supporters did it again with fund raising", or someone publicialy slandering Ron Paul as some sort of racist, isolationist, "hitleresqe" crazy man. I am currently an unemployed mortgage professional (due to the "credit crunch") and I for one want Ron Paul for PREZ because nobody else will do anything to stop the run away inflation and devaluation of the dollar. If we dont stop these crooks from spending our country into oblivion, we will all talk about how great America once was to our grand kids, and I for one don't want to have that conversation. It has happened to every empire in history, and the USA will be no different if we dont do SOMETHING to stop it. How about you, want to tell your grand kids about what they could have had, and how good it could have been?

P.S. this article was very fair reporting, thank you for that.

Yupper, you're right, Dr.Paul's supporters are an odd mix but I would think it safe to proclaim that we are united by a love of our country and the freedom we have enjoyed here. I have been aware of Dr. Paul's remarkable commitment to the Constitution for over a decade now and have long hoped that he would run for president one day. Here's a link for you that may help you understand why many of us are so passionate about our candidate:

We know that the hour is late and if we are to remain free in our own country, we must break the power of those who have already decided that American pursuit of freedom is now finished. This election must be a show of unity by the people or our current leadership (read all candidates except Ron Paul) will sell us out to the new world order.

Come on Malcolm you know darn well Dr. Paul is getting treated like dirt by the msm and throwing us a couple bones in the form of six mouse clicks to prove your point is a slap on the knee or across the face depending on the mood of us Ron Paul descending insects out here in cyber world. But we insects are the new problem you have Malcolm that is not going to go away because you see we want out country back and we have the nerve to believe in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Ron Paul. We are sick of treasonous politicians poisoning every aspect of our lives while the corrupt media covers for them and silences dissent. Your job Malcolm along with every journalist is to get the facts and share it through equal opportunity reporting where every voice is heard equally, not manipulate public opinion with tabloid garbage. The Ron Paul campaign and his millions of supporters are ushering in a new era in American politics that is no longer totally controlled by newspaper and television media, we insects can now go through the back door to find truth and enpowerment on the internet. Does this anger or perhaps frighten you Malcolm, well it should and does doesn't it.

(No, not at all, Erik. We're on the internet and you found us just fine.)

Andrew, phenominal article thank you. There is hope for freedom and liberty!


Fox is talking from both sides of their mouth. Ron Paul's numbers in New Hampshire is higher than both Thompson and Guiliani. What's up with that??? Let's face it they want five clones on the podium for the War in Iraq and the typical spend and tax neo-conmen. Power corrupts and absolute power by Faux News corrupts absolutely.

I am not a locust, I promise. I'm an average American who doesn't have corporate backing. I am not a lobbyist. I find it interesting that I would be labeled a Paulite, because you don't see any Huckites, Giulites or Thompsonites, now do you? Of course not. They are backed by the Industry, not by normal, average everyday people.

America is waking up at last, from the bottom up, and nothing the current Industrial Complexes, be they Military, Corporate or Medical, can stop it now. First, they ignored us. Then they laughed at us. Now they are fighting us. And yes, in the end, we will win.

Why? Freedom, baby! I have heard some media talking heads on CNN and Fox, say that Ron Paul is quirky in his ideas, that he's a little out of it, and his followers are rabid. You know what? Wanting our Freedom back that was stolen by the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, stolen by Kelo vs New London and stolen by the Real ID Act, wanting our rights as human beings to think and care for ourselves; if that is being quirky to the ones in charge now, I am guilty.

People forget what it was like to actually live free. I haven't, and neither has anybody else who wants the value of our system, be it currency or freedom, fixed back to the way we used to be. I'm voting for Ron Paul because he represents America from the bottom up, not from the top down.

Our current system is of the money, by the money, for the money. With Dr. Ron Paul in office, we would go BACK to being Of the People, By the People, and For the People.

Thank you for your fine article! Maybe it was a good thing that Fox (or NH GOP??) is trying to exclude Ron Paul; there is more discussion about Paul, and hopefully some sleepy people will wake up and start to wonder WHY Fox/NH GOP is trying to prevent Ron Paul's message from being heard.


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It is wrong to exclude candidates from any debate whether it be Gravel, Kucinich, or Paul. Those debates can really matter when it comes to reaching out to new voters, I mean ask Ross Perot how much those debates helpped him out in 92'.

And if they're even lucky enough to get on the debates they get limited on how many turns they get to speak, the only fair way to conduct a debate is the way PBS does it where everyone gets to answer the same question going around to each person so everyone gets an equal turn.

Let's hope the new age of the of the internet medium will eliminate the need to be on those TV debates to have an impact for this could be excellent for 3rd parties seeking additional support since they're not allowed on the debates either (ask Ralph Nader). Wednesday will tell us how powerful this internet medium is when the Iowa Caucus begins.

Thompson didn't even get enough signatures to get on the ballot.
Thompson is not a real candidate.
Why is Thompson in the debate?
Thompson is there to frame the corporate puppets.

Dear All,

We need to remember a few things.

We believe in private property. Therefore, we support Rupert Murdoch's right to exclude anyone from his studios. What we denounce are his subterfuge and pretexts.

Murdoch should state openly why he is excluding Dr. Paul, without obfuscation, qualification, or lying, so that we all could see and evaluate his reasons.

If 1960's general election had been conducted squarely, Richard Nixon would have won it. He lost because political machines did immoral things, like pretending that dead people had voted for John F. Kennedy. We need to do everything possible to see that Dr. Paul gets a square count in every primary.


Gordon F. Corbett


This blog may mention Ron Paul once in a while, but the main paper (
is still marginalizing Ron Paul.

"GOP field is splintered"
Two long pages about how the GOP vote is split and not a peep about Ron Paul!???
Is he not part of this splintering? Would he not benefit from it? Voters want to know.

(But thought no one cared anymore about the tired, old, dying msm newspaper? Everything good and new was online, like blogs, where everyone can get their own information free of an editor's control?)

Wow…Bravo to our government masters. Look how many people do not want to accept the truth when its right there in front of them. Its like the movie the “Matrix”. Thank you, Lord for opening my eyes and not being like the blind masses.

Look how angry the people get when you try and wake them from their coma. We have Ron Paul, who wishes to decimate the CIA militarist global empire and end this misery that supports resource theft and slave labor markets for corporations.

Who will the media make fun of? Who will the media smear?

What I find the saddest, is that Liberals and Progressives, who’ve I’ve worked side by side with in anti-war and human rights causes . . . will bleat like sheep, and parrot all the character assassinations the CIA plants in their corporate media lackey’s mouths. AKA..RACIST, Nut job…yada,yada…yada….

It will be liberals and progressives who will turn on the last greatest hope we have of saving our democracy and ending the brutal CIA run global corporate empire. After 9/11, when the Democrats were licking the boots of Bush and the neo-cons, there was one shining knight who stood tall against them. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney demanded to know what happened to the $2.3 TRILLION Rumsfeld said the Pentagon “lost.” She demanded to know more about the connections between Bush and the Bin Laden family, and she demanded to know who ordered the mysterious war games to be held coincidentally on 9/11/2001, and why they were not called off when the attacks began.

For her courage her own Democratic Party leaders turned on her or turned away from her as the CIA controlled media hounds were unleashed upon her. This brave woman is now the Green Party Candidate, and if she garners the kind of support Ron Paul has, the CIA controlled media will turn on her again. And as before, the Democratic leadership will parrot the media’s attacks on her.

Suddenly, I wake up and can hardly believe that I ever knew these people in the first place. It’s like invasion of the body snatchers, and they are all screaming their alarms at Ron Paul, the one candidate who has not been replaced with the soul of a CIA militarist pod.

On NBC’s Meet the Press last week, Ron Paul shook the foundations of the illegal war mongering power structures of America. He’ll have hell to pay. His only hope is that the people he is standing up for, the average peace and justice loving American, will stand up for Ron Paul.

I really like this piece, however, please don't assume that Ron Paul supporters have never voted. I have voted in every election since 1976, no matter how disgusted I am with both the Republicans and Democrats. Our country is near bankruptcy and Ron Paul is the only candidate brave enough to speak the truth about the how the Federal Reserve is a Private company that prints money that is backed by nothing, how we borrow money from countries like China and then turn around and give money to countries like Egypt and Israel so that will not fight each other. This is a poor way to spend our hard earned capitol. Would you borrow money to give to your next door neighbors to not fight each other? Of course not.

Thank you Andrew for being fair. It is something unusual these days. Most of the MSM is controlled by the criminal neocons. I am glad that there are still some reporters like you that report facts not fabricated "news". I hope yo do not lose your job for not having followed the orders of the neocon controlled Fake Media Factory.
Fox News is one of the most abusive and perverted of all the major media outlets. They are very afraid of Ron Paul for speaking the truth. It is outrageous to exclude one of the most important candidates from the debates. Their license should be revoked since they ara propaganda tool for the neocon barbarians, not a news outlet.
Some of the other MSM discriminate against Ron Paul but in a more subtle way. Not Faux News. They are openly discriminating against him because they are really desperate.
Ron Paul is an honest man who speaks the truth and the neocons know that once he is elected president their choke on the country will be over.

Ross Pero.., err, uhh, Ron Paul! Eerie the same initials, huh?

I would just like to point out that Ron Paul supporters are not as few as some would have us think!

If you want an end to these criminal and unjust're a Ron Paul supporter!

Opposing the war does NOT mean you're against the Troops!

''And the wars go on with brainwashed pride!"

Well blow me over that is a lot of opinions on a not very well polling contentender being excluded.
It strikes me Andrew that you are writing these stories to get a lot of attention.... bonus for most replies etc...? Because you still have a snide attitude to paultards.

Ron Paul should be given the chance to speak during the Republican Forum in NH. No doubt about it!

Regardless, this publicity about him not being in the forum has given him more clout.

the only trash you can talk are about Ron Paul's supporters. did you know that there's a guy running for President, who's actually NAMED Ron Paul? he has these things, they're called "views" on these other things called "issues". Maybe someday, just one of your write-ups will be about your position on an issue Ron Paul has taken. but then again, it's possible that during your many hours in front of the mirror trying to convince yourself that you're a journalist and not colonel sanders, you've realized you have no rebuttal for any of Mr. Paul's views.

(But some of his supporters get so angry and draw attention away from their candidate to themselves that it's a much more interesting story. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.)

I have been watching very closely each development of this presidential campaign for the past year. I was disgusted as I watched in horror your mass media basically provide its approval, with very few exceptions, to (what was obvious to the rest of us in the world) an illegal 'preemptive' invasion of Iraq that had everything to do with oil and nothing to do about security. It was rather shocking how easy it was to scare the people of the richest & most powerful country ever in the history of mankind into supporting such a foolish & hateful venture. Your media did an excellent job at disseminating the lies and propaganda of the neo-cons. The American people deserve the leader they currently have because it has been the American people all along who have been so willing to exchange their freedom for security (google 'naomi wolf end of america' to get a better understanding). There is only one presidential candidate (Ron Paul) who has shown integrity and honesty beyond measure, who truly represents what is decent and honorable, and who has made a firm commitment to stop this insanity called war and occupation quickly. Yet the majority of American people are still afraid and still willing to support killing innocent people (over 650,000 Iraqi women and children to date) all in the name of 'security' and spreading 'freedom and democracy'. Your media's obvious bias against Ron Paul speaks volumes. The hypocrisy is staggering!

a fair analysis, overall. ron paul's supporters do not always claim that the coverage we get is negative. but, in general, the mainstream media does appear to be afraid of dr. paul. they challenge his views with an aggression that is almost never seen amongst this rather impotent group of "journalists". each july in northern california, the elite in the republican party and their friends in the media gather at bohemian grove to participate in the re-enactment of a human sacrifice. this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of their bizaare behavior. ron paul would be wiling to point this out, and perhaps this is part of what these powerful people are afraid of. what is your take on this, andrew?

(Heard of Bohemian Grove but the human sacrifice part is new to me, Ted.)

Gorden F. Corbett,
I'm a Democrat voting for Ron Paul, and I hope he wins. But enough whining from Republicans about the election of 1960. The elite at Bohemian Grove were just as active then as now in their Jim Crow practices and their deceitful power grabs. Republicans should spend a little more time atoning for the staggering number of facists they have willingly and knowingly supported over the past 40 years, and a little less time trying to avoid taking responsibility for the horrors that their bullying and selfishness and ignorance have wrought upon the human race.


Ted Tyson

20 years ago, Ron Paul tried to get his message out. 20 years ago, WE THE PEOPLE, did not have the internet. 20 years ago Ron Paul was silenced. 20 years ago Ron Paul was ignored. - 20 years from now, President Ron Paul will be heralded for being the greatest American President Ever. 20 years from now, President Ron Paul will be remembered for saving our country. 20 years from now, President Ron Paul will be remembered for saving our personal liberties.

Ron Paul 2008 !!!!
Live Free or Die!

BTW, is no longer a valid email address. I didn't do it. I swear. It stopped working all on its own.

The re-enactment of a human sacrifice at Bohemian Grove, called the "Cremation of Care" ceremony, has been going on since about 1892. Right wing radio talk show host Alex Jones infiltrated the grove in 2000 and filmed the strange and, at times, disturbing ceremony. It can be viewed in the documentary "Dark Secrets of Bohemian Grove", available at google video. Thanks for responding.

(But some of his supporters get so angry and draw attention away from their candidate to themselves that it's a much more interesting story. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.)

Indeed it is a STORY.

The TRUTH is a bit more boring isn't it?

Because the truth is the vast majority have been respectful, articulate, and civil.

(Absolutely. I'm sure not complaining. That's why I said "some." I was answering Clark, the angry person. See, that's the nature of news. People don't talk about the happily-married couple making their mortgage payments on time nor is it news or interesting to read about the 400,000 airplanes that land safely every day. It's the ones that stick out that attract the attention.)

i may not agree with dr. ron pauls decisions
but i will vote for him in the primaries and in the general election

i have read ron pauls books and even though i might disagree with other policies of his, i appreciate his logical economic reasons on why he strongly uploads the constitution

and let's be honest, in all other perspectives, the constitution is a brilliant document, it is one with few rules, the best kind. it's more of a philosophical construct and an evaluation of our lives rather than a dictated set of beliefs which i think forces those who understand it, to appreciate the beauty of it and inherently, respect it for what it is.

of course, this idea has been lost. i can't remember a time where politics was about those ideals, but then again i'm only 19. glad to see dr. paul inspiring lots of folks my age getting out there and actually taking a step towards understanding more than just 1960 - present US history (thanks to our lack luster public education).

good day, ron paul 08!

Thanks for another Ron Paul article Andy!

They don't want him debating because as it sits hes probably going to come in 3rd...with more exposure they are afraid he will climb even more. I live near NH on the east coast andk now people campaigning there right now, people are going to be shocked at how well he does up there. They handing out lawn signs by the hundreds per day. Of course there is always the issue of the voting machines, which is no conspiracy theory either.

More then 1,200 meetup groups? Try more then 100,000 meetup groups around the World. When is the media going to stop downplaying the facts.
Ron Paul has won More Official Straw Polls then any rival. Straw polls are proven in history to be most accurate. Ron Paul IS THE FRONTRUNNER. Keep up the great work. The media might report the fact of WHY so many people are heart and soul behind Ron Paul. Hopefully enough will wake up to the fact it's our chance to restore our once respectfull nation.

Mr. Malcolm:

Why are media personalities like you not outraged ? Why do I not see vociferous objections to this travesty by media elites and editorial page writers throughout the country? As self-professed defenders of free speech, why is there not a long and loud outcry from all of them about this blatant attempt to censor one voice with which most of the media disagrees? Reporting on it as an observer is not the same as speaking out against it. First you (the old media) told us that he did not have a chance- that he was just a fringe candidate. Then you told us that there were just a few spambots on the internet that liked him- not real people. Then, when he received $4.2M in donations on Nov. 5th, you said that , yeah, okay, but that's just the internet, and it won't translate into votes- like people who care enough about a candidate to give money to a campaign won't go out and vote. Then you tout the antiquated polls, which clearly don't measure the depth of his support, and say that he still doesn't have a chance. Now that that hasn't worked, and there are whispers that he is going to do far better than the polls indicate, media panics and tries to silence him completely, hoping they still have some power to make people see it their way. It's completely contradictory to say that he has little support, then complain that you are swamped by his supporters when you write about him. Do you think I send in multiple posts, from various computers, under assumed names? He has plenty of support, from regular people- the media just doesn't want to believe it.

(Who do you think wrote this item and stirred up the hornet's nest on New Year's Day? Gimme a break!)

I say Andrew Malcolm gets a front row seat at Paul administration press conferences. :-)

(Now, there's another interesting story to tell.)

I intend to support Dr. Ron Paul throughout the primaries, and, after he is nominated, in the general election as well.

That said, I think all of Dr. Paul's supporters should (if they don't already) recognize that ABC and FauxSnooze are (more or less) privately-owned and operated (if overregulated and oversubsidized) institutions that have every right to include or exclude any potential participant to any debate they sponsor.

It is up to us to remonstrate with these institutions and to try to convince them that they are wrong to exclude Dr. Paul by appealing to their self-interest and whatever public-mindedness that may motivate them to alter their position. This appeal, of course can and should include some threat of withholding that which is ours: our viewing preferences and possible boycott of those sponsors who support ABC/Fox programming.

We should also continue to write respectful and thoughtful letters to other media outlets urging them to publicize the unfair and/or capricious treatment of Dr. Paul by ABC and Fox.

We should also recognize that the media has been politicized to some degree; that is, they are pandering to a certain, select ideological position. After all, Keith Obermann and Bill O'Reilly are on the same time slot on competing channels. It might be that Fox and ABC have simply made a considered, if not rational, economic choice to speak only to those people who hold the neocon, welfare-warfare state ideology as sacred.

Oh well . . .

Ha-ha! I loved your story. You rock. Go Ron Paul!!!

Good article. I woud wager to say that regadless of where you stand on Dr Paul, he isn't really the larger issue here.

I think there is probably enough circumstantial eveidence to allude that Fox News is actively trying to de-promote (if I can make up a word) Ron Paul in this election. The issue then, is, should a major media outlet be allowed to effectively shape an election by marginalizing the amount of coverage a viable candidate receives.

I can appreciate the basic reasoning behind it, but it becomes apparent with a minimal amount of research, that based on most accepted criteria for being considered a viable candidate that Dr Paul is still, theorectically, very much in the race. We haven't even voted on the first primary yet, and they want to dismiss the top fund raiser??? They need a lesson in subtlety if they're going to be biased (which it seems they are).

This is a troubling development to the Republic, like Ron Paul or hate him, no one should like this one bit. It does nothing but reinforce the average (disenfranchised) voters belief that we are becoming an oligarchy, and that the decisions on who becomes President never rests in the hands of the voters, but in hands of the elite, power brokers, and party bosses.

Paul's grass roots popularity is a symbol of people looking to take back (some of ) that power. Fox News move on this debate issue, is just a symbol of that establishment saying, "Nice try kids, but we still pull the strings here".

It is undemocratic to prevent candidates to participate in a debate. How can we "make up [our] own mind" if we can't even hear the opinions of all the candidates!? This just shows that FOX news can not be trusted to be a democratic free press. FOX has shown it is un-American and unpatriotic, by smearing the freedom of choice and falsely advertising an openness to freedom. They must think that we Americans will not see behind the spin; we are not ignorant.

Live free or die.

re(attention to themselves)
So the story now is partially removed from Ron Paul because it is full of opinions from ppl who care ...? Seems similar to the comments posted at BBC after it was discovered that they had reported the collapse of building 7 a half hr BEFORE it had actually happened. That had a lot of opinions and big comments too..

However the story is also unfolding before our eyes as the vote happens...
If RP gets lower than third i suspect (based on my new media perusals) that the paulunteers will go conspiracy nuts and we'll get into the liebold angle....

I work in the centre of a msm hub previously owned by Murdoch, and I know the msm machine pretty well.... So to those of you who think that there is a lot of ppl in cahoots over not giving Ron Paul his proper dues, that is not so. The msm use trusted tools to provide what is hoped and assumed is the best and most correct answers possible, regardless of what Rupert says and regardless of what happens at an owners club (Bohmian Grove).

The military are powerfull and know how to apply the msm to their ends, and rightly so too, control of ap and reuters is enough probably, but the new media like my post here unedited is an issue that stretches control.

Now have those paultards gotten out and let their voice of constitutional law be heard in Iowa yet? I bloody hope so, and I can guarantee that the World Editor in my neck of the woods hopes so too, we've run 3 print articles on Ron Paul last year, every one has mentioned that he can't win, but... at least some msm does try... and fox will be onto RP like a rash once they recognise his pull... it's all about the surrounding ads. That was the official story from Rupert when he owned me.

The only reason for including RP in the '08 debates now would be to allow other candidates to grill him about his wacked out Libertarian, revisionist opinions on one of the country's great presidents. RP's statements about Lincoln and the Civil War earned him the moniker "a kook" from Ret. Col. Jack Jacobs in Morning Joe's grueling interview of him last week. Along with blaming the U.S. for 9/11 (a typical leftist and pro-Muslim position)...

I dont listen to the other station that will not allow Ron Paul BUT FOX NEWS-
You just ended my relationship w/your station. I thought in America we were free & our elections were free. It seems to me you are telling us who we can and cannot hear in the debates. So I no longer will listen to any of your
figure heads. Iam a Lou Dobbs girl and will change to an independent. We no longer live in a free America. Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter have every
right to be in the debates. You must want to destroy our country along with
the congress and senate and President. It no longer matters which party you belong to - since they are both the same. You along with they plan to destroy our country and force us to be the NAU AND THE SPP.

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