A Chronicle of Dirty Tricks Against Ron Paul

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A Chronicle of Dirty Tricks Against Ron Paul

The establishment is terrified that the liberty-driven Congressman has entered the 'top tier'
By Paul Joseph Watson

Now that the establishment media has been forced to concede that Ron Paul is a top tier candidate for the Republican nomination, having initially tried to ignore his campaign altogether, expect the smears, dirty tricks and hit pieces against the Texan Congressman to intensify.

In this article, we're going to take a brief look at some of the attacks on Ron Paul that we have documented over the last several years.

  • The most recent example occurred earlier this week. The corporate press attempted to portray Ron Paul as anti-American simply for pointing out the fact that having military bases and occupying armies in foreign countries increases the risk of terrorist attacks. Despite the smear, reality shows that Ron Paul has received more money in donations from active duty military personnel than all of the other Republican candidates combined and more than Barack Obama himself, and his views on foreign occupations are supported by the very U.S. troops that neo-cons constantly invoke to support maintaining such foreign occupations.
  • Even as Ron Paul won every debate poll and performed well in national polls, the mainstream media admitted that there was a deliberate talking point to exclude his campaign from discussion. After pointing out that Ron Paul only lost to Michele Bachmann by a tiny percentage (and that after accusations that Bachmann's campaign attempted to rig the result by buying 4,000 votes), and that the Ames result was virtually a "tie for first," Politico's Roger Simon said the reason for him being ignored was that "the media doesn't believe he has a hoot in hells chance of winning the Iowa caucuses, the Republican nomination or winning the presidency, so we're gonna ignore him." CNN host Howard Kurtz even admitted that, "We are in the business of kicking candidates out of the race".
  • In February, Fox News claimed that a technical error was responsible for them playing old footage which contained audio of booing as Ron Paul was announced as the winner of the 2011 CPAC poll. In a shocking act of mass public deception, Fox News attempted to skew Ron Paul's 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year's CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result and Paul supporters had been absent due to a Campaign for Liberty meeting running late

Indeed, Fox News has a history of smearing and sidelining Ron Paul, but this editorial policy is routinely passed off as a "mistake" of one kind or another.

Was it another mistake" to omit Paul's name entirely from a Fox News survey that asked who would make the best president? Was it a "mistake" that relative nobodies like John Thune and Jon Huntsman were included in the Fox poll and yet Paul was blacklisted entirely despite his CPAC success two years running?

Was it another "mistake" on behalf of Fox News to exclude Paul from a January 6 2008 presidential forum event because they saw the prospect of anti-war opinions being voiced by the most conservative member of the House as a "threat"?

Was it a "mistake" for Fox News to claim that their own May 2007 presidential poll, which Ron Paul won, was unreliable, because online Paul supporters had skewed the result, despite the fact that the survey was conducted via cell phone text messaging and no online votes were taken?

Was it a mere "mistake" for Fox News host Sean Hannity to deride the Texas Congressman's runaway success in the text messaging poll as nothing more than "Paulites" flood voting, when in reality only one vote per cell phone number was allowed? Hannity's contention that Ron Paul supporters were simply dialing in over and over again was nothing more than a brazen lie intended to dismiss the Congressman's widespread popularity. No one at Fox News bothered to correct Hannity and no retraction was issued.

Was it another "mistake" when Fox News started editing Ron Paul's name out of Associated Press stories they syndicated before the 2008 presidential campaign?

Was it a "mistake" for Fox News to denigrate the fact that Ron Paul received the most campaign donations from members of the U.S. military by attributing it to "libertarian mailing lists"?

Was it a "mistake" when Fox News attempted to smear Ron Paul for having the audacity to appear on the Alex Jones Show and the nerve to merely converse with people who commit the thought crime of not completely trusting the official government version of 9/11?

Was it a "mistake" when Fox News rigged the structure of their entire May 2007 presidential debate and used it as a vehicle for all the other candidates to viciously attack Ron Paul, while Fox's pre-screened audience rapaciously applauded calls for torture and warmongering?

Was it a mistake when Fox News directors conspired to censor Ron Paul supporters from appearing in camera shots during the Mackinac Republican Conference on September 22, 2007, when they were caught on film stating, "I don't want these Ron Paul people, but I need shots of audience"?

Was it a "mistake" for Fox News to ignore a story every other news outlet was obliged to report, the record-breaking $4.2 million in campaign donations that Ron Paul achieved in a single day, while instead choosing to obsess about a man in Texas who sat in a bath tub full of snakes?

However, smear attacks against Ron Paul have come from both the phony right and the phony left.

This list of smear attacks is likely to grow much larger the nearer we get to the Republican nomination in 2012. However, now that the establishment is so discredited, their dirty tricks against Paul are having less and less impact, while the Congressman's national polling figures continue to improve week by week.

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