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December 12, 2007

John Stossel Interviews Ron Paul

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

What to make of the fact that ABC's execs won't be broadcasting an interview that John Stossel has done with Ron Paul on TV, but will release it on the web only? Have they made a wise, considered, and responsible news judgment? Or are they demonstrating once again what enemies of freedom they truly are?

Watch the first part of the interview here; read an opinion about what seems to be turning into a controversy here. Links thanks to Andrew Sullivan.



UPDATE: I, Squub thinks Ron Paul is great -- but maybe only in theory.

posted by Michael at December 12, 2007


It was kind of a softball interview, but I've seen liberal journalists throw them much softer to their favorites.

Posted by: wph on December 12, 2007 6:38 PM

i'm gonna get registered to vote in the primaries and vote for him.

Posted by: t. j. on December 12, 2007 8:25 PM

Media coverage of Ron Paul keeps reminding me of those words of Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." A lot of them are still at stage #1, but I seen a lot of stage #2 as well.

Posted by: Lester Hunt on December 12, 2007 10:14 PM

Just out of mischief and indignation, I'm thinking of registering as a Republican, putting in a vote for Ron Paul in the primaries, and then re-registering as an Independent ... It is a wee bit shocking how determined the party's mainstream (and the mainstream media) seem to be to keep him on the margins, isn't it?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on December 13, 2007 11:15 AM

Ron Paul is Taboo! Ron Paul is the forbidden fruit! Stay away from Ron Paauuuulllll!

The fact that Ron Paul is the most popular candidate on the internet means that he is the best candidate in the race. The internet is the only place you can go for information and debate that is censored in the government/corporate media, that gets at the truth, and truly represents all angles.

The internet is also exposing the mainstream media for what it is--controlled, top-down information that is just propaganda. That's why the TV, magazine, and newspapers are losing so much readership, because we all see what they are now--paid-off shills.

Ron Paul is the expression of a growing revolution in the United States against government and corporations. It is necessary for the Powers that Be to maintain censorship of Paul in the media they still control. But it won't work. Ron Paul supporters are moving out from behind their computer screens and taking the revolution out into the streets. They are reaching the people who aren't on the computer or who don't have time to do a lot of research on the internet.

Ron Paul is anti-Iraq and anti-Iran war
Ron Paul is for restoring sound money backed by gold
Ron Paul is anti-surveillance society
Ron Paul is for securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration
Ron Paul is going to elimiate the IRS and CIA, and the bogus Federal Reserve
Ron Paul is for cutting taxes, putting people to work, and cutting welfare
Ron Paul is against surrendering our sovereignty to the North American Union, the UN, the WTO, GATT, and NAFTA

On every issue, he is pro-freedom and anti-government. Ron Paul is the man of the hour.

The Ron Paul Revolution is a focal point for freedom loving people everywhere to coalesce and network that has ramifications far beyond his campaign--a real movement that will carry this freedom message forward in great number of ways and on a variety of issues.

Finally, the Revolution is here. Its a peaceful one, and a strong one. And its just beginning to swell into a tidal wave.

Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul! Freedom, freedom, freedom! It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Join us for the December 16th money bomb at!

Posted by: BIOH on December 13, 2007 11:38 AM

And he's against the NAFTA superhighway! Whoo-hoo!

Ron Paul is cranky and fun. But any day they don't give airtime to that dishonest hack Stossel is a good day for the mainstream media.

Posted by: Steve on December 13, 2007 12:16 PM

he is pro-freedom and anti-government.Ron Paul is the man of the hour.

Except....most Americans are not anti-government and strongly pro-freedom. Most Americans are not libertarians. They are fine with more government when it comes to getting the things they want. They are ambivalent about freedom, especially the freedoms of those they disagree with and when they are afraid.

Posted by: Linc on December 13, 2007 2:22 PM

My comments were just a little too unwieldy, so I put them on Squublog. Here they is if you're interested:

Posted by: i, squub on December 13, 2007 2:28 PM

Linc and I squub,

You have no idea how wrong you both are. Ron Paul is a republican whose ideas resonate with people from all areas of the political spectrum, democrat, republican, libertarian, and independent.

I guess real freedom is scary, isn't it? Well, cower behind your desktops while the rest of the population takes the country back from the politicians and corporations.

I would waste more time on you, but I'm going to be out talking to people and posting signs this weekend, with tens of thousands of others, while you guys whisper your weak objections into the infinitude of cyberspace, to the enlightenment of no one. Bye!

Posted by: BIOH on December 13, 2007 3:07 PM


Wow. "weak objections"? Care to answer any of them? Oh, sorry, guess I'll have to go find you and your signs and talk to you in person. You go, girl!

I'll tell you what. When Paul becomes President, I'll buy you a beer. Assuming, that is, I can make my way to you through all of the dancing in the streets when the part of the population (apparently a majority??) who want small government that's anything BUT socially conservative but for some reason voted Bush into office last time get out there and start celebrating.

Posted by: i, squub on December 13, 2007 3:24 PM

i squub

Hey loser, I don't give a crap about your opinions! The internet debate is over. People are in agreement on the majority of issues, and when they find out about Ron Paul and his slate of positions, he will win.

Does it really hurt so much that I, nor anybody else, will read you dumb link? I don't care about your opinions on any issue. You are a conceited windsack who will never get off your ass and make anything positive happen.

I will reitierate--tens of thousands of people will be out making things happen this weekend and many more in the months to come.

So I wish you a swift recovery from the lobotomy and hope you make a couple of friends to interfere with your overly abundant computer time. Bye.

Posted by: BIOH on December 13, 2007 5:27 PM

There's no doubt that when it comes to finding the quintessential Ron Paul supporter, BIOH is the man!

Posted by: James M. on December 13, 2007 6:11 PM

Oh, okay, cool. I understand your objections now. Thanks for the cogent explanation of your views! I've changed my mind, if this guy's got people like you canvassing for him, he can't lose.

Posted by: i, squub on December 13, 2007 6:17 PM

i'm also gonna vote for ron paul but i also think that most people are not libertarian. most people have a one or a few libertarian stances on certain issues but not an overall one. most people want the government to come in and fix this or that. i wish it weren't the case but i'm just observing other people and that's what i see.

Posted by: t. j. on December 14, 2007 9:18 AM

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