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Old 2012-04-26, 03:38 AM   #481
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It's now down to the only anti-romney, Ron Paul, or the flip flop romney himself. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/3333...itt-romney.htm
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The question for me is: How does ALL the media form a coalition against Ron Paul?
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Yes, this is a good question. Sorry it took so long for me to answer. All I can say is look at the incentives in the media and the limits that government imposes on the media. That explains most of it without getting into any conspiracy theories.

For a few examples, consider:
  1. The wireless spectrum is very limited to use by the free market. In fact, there is no free market in the radio spectrum. The US government claims to own all of the spectrum, and even though they "license" some of it to the media and other large corporations, they keep a very large majority of it to themselves. Since government licenses the spectrum and controls how it can be used, just think of how limited it is today, and imagine the technology we could have today that could take advantage of all three dimensions (mimo, diversity, compression, etc). If we had directional wireless usage of the spectrum, there really is little limit to it, compared to how it is used today. See more below on how the FCC/government restricts what is available on the mainstream media.
  2. This restriction in spectrum use and the media results in less media companies, which means it becomes easy for the elite to control them all. They end up being huge corporations, which are fueled by the banking system, which has a monopoly on the creation of money. Since they can create money at little cost, at all of our expense, they can have ownership over these media companies and have control over them. Going further into the monetary cartel (created in 1913) is a whole other topic.
  3. How are individual journalists successful? Other than doing reporting consistent with the above, how do they really be successful? Since the major news items are created, or can be gained, from government officials, to be successful, as a journalist, you need to be close to these government officials. Reporting favorably as a result of the information you get from them will allow you to get even more from these government officials, and therefore you will have future success. This means that those journalists favorable to government are the ones that excel and are promoted to the higher positions in journalism.

Though this is from a while ago, Rothbard's, For a New Liberty (available for free, which is a good read), has the following regarding the media:
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There is one important area of American life where no effective freedom of speech or the press does or can exist under the present system. That is the entire field of radio and television. In this area, the federal government, in the crucially important Radio Act of 1927, nationalized the airwaves. In effect, the federal government took title to ownership of all radio and television channels. It then presumed to grant licenses, at its will or pleasure, for use of the channels to various privately owned stations.

On the one hand, the stations, since they receive the licenses gratis, do not have to pay for the use of the scarce airwaves, as they would on the free market. And so these stations receive a huge subsidy, which they are eager to maintain. But on the other hand, the federal government, as the licensor of the airwaves, asserts the right and the power to regulate the stations minutely and continuously. Thus, over the head of each station is the club of the threat of nonrenewal, or even suspension, of its license. In consequence, the idea of freedom of speech in radio and television is no more than a mockery. Every station is grievously restricted, and forced to fashion its programming to the dictates of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Because every station and every broadcaster must always look over its shoulder at the FCC, free expression in broadcasting is a sham. Is it any wonder that television opinion, when it is expressed at all on controversial issues, tends to be blandly in favor of the 'Establishment?'

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A recent act of the FCC was to threaten nonrenewal of license of radio station KTRG in Honolulu, a major radio station in Hawaii. KTRG had been broadcasting libertarian programs for several hours a day for approximately two years. Finally, in late 1970, the FCC decided to open lengthy hearings moving toward nonrenewal of license, the threatened cost of which forced the owners to shut down the station permanently.
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Old 2012-05-12, 11:58 PM   #483
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It may be too late to stop Ron Paul’s strategy

Most of the news is ignoring Ron Paul, but now that is probably a good thing. Ron Paul has won 11 states so far, when you look at the delegates, which is really all that matters, and most states still have to elect their delegates to the Republican National Convention, so it's still wide open to those still seeking the nomination (now only Ron Paul and Willard Romney). Romney is definitely concerned about Ron Paul's chances. I've been getting emails from the Romney campaign encouraging me to go to the Minnesota state GOP convention, and even postcards as well. They are sending these to all delegates hoping that the majority is on their side and will show up. They did this in Nevada and Maine, yet Ron Paul won both of these states. If Ron Paul is mentioned in the mainstream media, they usually say something about how he can't win, but these media pundits are clueless about how the primary/caucus works. Using the delegate strategy that Ron Paul is using has in the past been successful. Obama won against Hillary using it, and even Reagan won on it.

For those of you in California, if you support Ron Paul, you need to register republican (yikes!) by May 21, 2012 to vote in your primary.
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"Ron Paul knows he can't win..."
http://moneymorning.com/tag/republican-delegate-count/
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Got a quote from him that proves that?

That article states:
"The sticking point is that convention delegates are bound by party rules to vote according to primary or caucus results on the first ballot. That means many of Paul's hard-won delegates will have to cast their first vote for former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney."

However, that really is not the case:
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Romney moves within 200 delegates of nomination
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Good case on how the mainstream media reports the delegate counts. They are using the straw poll to determine what the delegates for each candidate are, but that's simply not an accurate way to do it.
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He sure doesn't sound like he believes he can't win in this message:
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Yes, this is a good question. Sorry it took so long for me to answer. All I can say is look at the incentives in the media and the limits that government imposes on the media.
This has nothing to do with the FCC. There is one incentive in today's news media that trumps all others, $$$. In the past this wasn't the case for news coverage, but apparently that went away (in the TV industry) around the same time that cable TV went mainstream. Now it's all about ratings and ad revenue.

Which doesn't explain, to me, why Ron Paul gets so much less coverage. I think he's interesting, but apparently the media outlets don't. They could be wrong, but they probably aren't.
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Ron Paul effectively ending presidential campaign

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Old 2012-05-15, 01:39 AM   #491
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Ron Paul effectively ending presidential campaign

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...,5865484.story
It's interesting on how the press misinterprets the email that was sent out. He did not end his campaign, but is simply focusing his resources to where he'll get the most bang for his buck: getting delegates.

http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/05/1...-his-campaign/
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Ron Paul got huge wins in MN the last couple days at our State GOP convention. Yesterday, we endorsed Kurt Bills for US Senate, who was endorsed by Ron Paul. Then today, we elected 12 out of 13 delegates to the RNC. The 13th delegate would have been elected on a second round of voting since only 12 got 50% or more of the vote the first round. This second round would have been against a Ron Paul supporter, and Rep. Michele Bachman herself. The Ron Paul supporter conceded that spot to the congresswoman. All 13 alternates elected are Ron Paul supporters.
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Are you trying to say that a Ron Paul endorsed candidate did not get nominated for US Senate, and that Ron Paul delegates did not get elected?

I was there. There is no way to deny the facts. Even the local paper reported it:
http://www.twincities.com/ci_2066327...weep-minnesota

You do know that the Ron Paul Revolution is not just about getting Ron Paul elected. It's about taking over the GOP and electing candidates that support Ron Paul's platform: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/05/1...pauls-endgame/

After all, it is a revolution.
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I should say, four years ago, the MN GOP showed how corrupt they were, and I don't doubt that many other states will show us this year how corrupt they are... however, this year, the MN GOP followed their rules quite well, in my opinion. They have gone under a huge transformation as a result of a lot of scandals in the party.

As for the Ron Paul movement, you probably need a reality check:
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