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Sunday Debate Stacked Against Ron Paul?

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Manipulative questioning, unusually high amounts of booing from the crowd, and a non-partial moderator raises the question: Was yesterday’s Fox News GOP debate stacked against Ron Paul?

Liberty Alliance further examined this question yesterday:

The marginalization began early, before the debate had even started. Frank Luntz, the noted Republican political pollster and operative who has so mastered the art of ideological manipulation that he was featured in the PBS Frontline documentary The Persuaders, was tapped to “moderate” a focus group of twenty-five preselected people (the methodology of their selection was not revealed in the broadcast). Luntz is someone who is not exactly an impartial fellow; according to cited references in his Wikipedia article, he has been “accused of skewing research results to reflect more favorably on specific clients.

Paul was further hindered and marginalized by the makeup of the crowd in the auditorium. It actively booed him on many issues, which had not happened in earlier debates, and he implied in the Post-debate interview that the organizers purposely limited the number of Paul supporters in the hall by issuing each candidate the same number of tickets. With pro-war supporters outnumbering anti-war supporters 7:1, the crowd was guaranteed to be hostile to Ron.

It also needs mentioning, as Ed Morrissey wrote today, that the dramatic MLB game 7 between the Red Sox and Indians started about 20 minutes into the debate. Only top-tier candidates were asked and responded to questions for the first 15-20 minutes of the debate. This effectively minimized the amount of exposure that Ron Paul got, assuming many viewers flipped the channel to watch the game. Very clever.

Its clear that there is an effort to single out Paul as a candidate to be discredited. Ron Paul is now a GOP threat with a lot of campaign support, and the media can no longer passively ignore or nonchalantly ridicule him. Many people are already aware of Fox News’ manipulation tactics, and hopefully more will start to open their eyes. The gloves are off, and its time for Ron Paul supporters to step forward.

In Spite of all the political spinning and propagandizing, Ron Paul won the post debate text poll easily, as he always does. A highlight in the post-debate interview was when Alan Colmes asked Paul, “How does an anti-war Republican win the nomination?”

Paul’s reponse was quick and sharp, “We’ve never had a warmongering president running on that [Republican] program.”

Toward the end of the interview Sean Hannity attempted to shrug off the poll results as unreliable, but Ron Paul shot back by saying, “You mean your own poll isn’t any good?”

Nice try Hannity.

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5 Responses

  1. Unbelievable! – NY Post Removes Ron Paul results from published poll rankings.
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Unbelievable_NY_Post_takes_out_Ron_Paul_poll_totals_from_published_results

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  3. But how clever was that little weener piss ant, Chris Wall ass, when he gave credit to,(no chance to win John McCain)by misdirecting the powerful responce Ron Paul Gave to Mitt Romney’s comment in the last debate, “I’d first consult my lawyers”
    Ron Paul cleaned Mitt’s clock yet pip squeak WWall ass asked loser John McCain to say more aabout the exception HE took to Loser Mitt’s Comment. Add a mike in the canned boos section, Ron Paul left out of the who really is the most conservative (on record) question and text message polling and it starts to pile high and stink pretty bad. Would that it was only Fox that that is a sham fest.

  4. Perhaps the silencing of truth, and the replacement of honest reporting with propaganda might put an end to our freedoms. Suppose we lose. Now, what is left for the winners? More lies and noisy spectacles for the biggest “winner”, and for all the slavish followers the sick rewards of whores and whiskey. A bad bargain for them. I’d rather lose with Paul than win with them.

  5. Well said L. Step. They will suffer the biggest loss should this election go their way. The biggest deception they’re playing is really on themselves.

    Its no mystery to us, however, that the election is going to be about more than just one man. Its about finding out who is awake and still fighting for liberty and truth. Ron Paul can most likely do a lot of good as president, but the country needs a vast body of support from like-minded citizens, each doing their part, if the goodness of our country is to survive.

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