Thursday, February 17, 2011

FOX News Needs to Apologize More to Ron Paul

FOX News anchorman Bill Hemmer excused the Network's "honest mistake".

To set up an interview with Ron Paul after he won the 2011 CPAC straw poll for president, FOX aired a clip of Ron Paul Being booed after winning at CPAC in 2010, instead of the clip from 2011 when he was not booed.
The video below explains it all.

Additionally, it has been said that the reason FOX News's film from 2010 has so much booing is that FOX had their sound equipment set up amid a hoard of Mitt Romney supporters. Many argue that a comprehensive sound bit from 2010 would have displayed better than a 50/50 ratio of cheering to jeering.

Whether FOX News really did just make a mistake in airing its 2010 booful clip is questioned by many and doubted by others.

But FOX News has many more things to answer for in terms of their barbaric treatment of Ron Paul over the years.

FOX's first apology would be for their constant smearing of Ron Paul as a 9/11 Truther during the 2008 election. Despite the fact that he is avowedly not a Truther, FOX purposefully cast him as one, and even sicked Michelle Malkin on him that she might absurdly allege with much vitriol his Truthership. Okay, maybe it's not known whether FOX "sicked" her on him, but her lurid display of errancy would have been pulled by a network concerned with journalistic integrity.

It is not known why FOX News has allowed such a display of ignorance to color their coverage of Representative Paul. Any journalist ought to know that Ron Paul has not "come out of nowhere", that it's false that he has "no business being on stage with other Republicans," and finally that he has his fair share of "electability."

One would at least expect FOX to be "fair and balanced" toward a Republican.

Paul has had a long and storied political career. A longtime supporter of Austrian Economics and freedom in general, he has dined with esteemed intellectuals such as Nobel prize winner F.A. Hayek, and has had an important role in questioning and debating with Fed chairmen since the days of Paul Volcker. Moreover, he has voted strictly with the constitution, an old, old Republican platform that lost popularity in the 20th century. Ron Paul needs no truther hype; he already has things he's famous for.

Others besides FOX News have found other excuses not to like Paul. In 2007, then writer for National Review Peter Suderman took the route of criticizing Paul for being "rigid." (He may have changed his mind since then as he now writes for the Libertarian outlet Reason.) But, to contend with his past point I propose that in an age of rampaging Fabian Socialism and flaccid RINO rulers, wouldn't a little "rigidity" or backbone desirable?

As for Paul's lack of Hawkish ambition, being a Republican should not entail supporting a proactive instigatory foreign policy. If it does, then the Republican Party could be said to have in place a form of psychological draft that it imposes on its members to make them into an army of chickenhawk voters, and this is a conscription which is rather aggressive and not indicative of a small government mentality.

Anyway, FOX News needs to apologize for everything it has done to Paul. Yet many chumps view FOX News as a bastion of conservative morality. "How could our noble, conservative network be wrong about Paul?" they ask. But remember, FOX News is a subsidiary of Newscorp which profits from Pay per View porn channels via its part ownership of DirecTV. Perhaps these sorts of associations explain the rising skirt levels of FOX News anchorwomen.

Some morality.

FOX News has many good hosts such as Judge Andrew Napolitano, and their reporting is reliable for liberty issues such as Net Neutrality, but the network has much to apologize for, and the first person they need to see is Ron Paul.

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