The State Column
October 21, 2011

Anderson Cooper, the host of CNN’s “AC 360,” responded to Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s media blackout comments on Thursday night. Cooper hosted the CNN/WRLC debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night.

In an email to his supporters on Wednesday, GOP candidate Paul slammed Cooper and CNN for failing to give him enough time to speak during the CNN/WRLC debate. “At one point in the first hour of last night’s CNN Republican debate, blacking out almost took on a whole new meaning,” Paul wrote. “You see, it can be awfully hard to be on stage for nearly 40 minutes between speaking. Yes, 40 minutes,” Paul added.

Cooper, who has hosted Paul seven times on “AC 360″ in 2011, defended his moderation of the CNN/WRLC debate. “Now, candidates are welcome to whatever views they may have on the issues or opponents and the media. But facts are facts, and in this case, the Paul campaign is simply wrong on the facts,” Cooper said. Cooper went on to point out that Paul never waited to speak for more than 19 minutes and 16 seconds. “It’s certainly nothing like the 40-minute gap that Congressman Paul claims in his fundraising letter. It just didn’t happen,” Cooper said.

Paul’s email also slams Cooper and CNN for failing to give him a closing statement. “Closing statements? Well, some of the candidates got them. I will give you one guess who didn’t,” Paul argued. […]

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Ron Paul Launches ‘Black This Out’ Money Bomb

The State Column
October 19, 2011

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, launched his latest money bomb on Wednesday. The “Black This Out” money bomb has raised more than $1 million as of 3pm EDT.

In a email to his campaign supporters, Paul urged his activists to donate to his campaign. “None of our hard work matters unless I can raise the resources to break through the media blackout and take my message of liberty straight to the voters,” Paul wrote.

[…] Paul’s “Black This Out” money bomb is named after his lack of coverage in the national media. “Despite polls consistently showing me within striking distance of first place over the past few months…a recent study confirmed the national media’s all-out blackout of my campaign,” Paul professed. According to a Pew Research Center study, the Texas Congressman has been the main focus of a mere 2 percent of news stories on the 2012 presidential race.

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