O'Reilly's "No Spin" Spin on Ron Paul
(The New American) -- by William F. Jasper --
As reported here yesterday ("Lame & Lamer: Media Excuses for Ignoring a Surging Ron Paul") the "lamestream" media appear to be making efforts to salvage a modicum of credibility by giving some coverage to Rep. Ron Paul's presidential race, after a severe media shellacking by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart went viral last week. Stewart's satirical rant effectively used clips of various media takes on the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll to expose the uniform policy of the major media to treat Ron Paul with unique contempt by simply pretending he doesn't exist.
The blatant media blackout of Ron Paul is eerily similar to the Stalinist technique of obliterating all mention of those who have been declared to be non-persons, as chillingly documented by David King in The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia. King's 1997 book demonstrates the power of Soviet censorship under Stalin, showing example after example of famous Communist leaders who had once been considered heroes of the revolution but then, sometimes virtually overnight, disappeared. Not only were they arrested, tortured, and killed, but even their images were removed from all photographs and their names expunged from all documents, news stories, and history books.
Ron Paul has not been arrested and tortured, and by all accounts he is still very much alive, but he has definitely been the victim of a Stalinist-type effort by most of the lamestream media to airbrush him out of existence. One of the worst examples of the media airbrushing highlighted by Stewart is a post-Ames analysis of the straw pool results by Fox network talking heads Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and others. Their efforts to talk about everyone except Ron Paul, who essentially tied in a dead heat for first place with Michele Bachmann, are farcical.
While some media mavens, chastened by Jon Stewart's broadside, are acting a bit more responsibly, Bill O'Reilly at Fox seems to be doubling down against the Texas congressman; when he isn't attacking Rep. Paul with snide remarks, he is continuing the media charade that pretends Paul doesn't exist, a takeoff on the Stalinist practice that might be called, "The Congressman Vanishes."
In his August 24 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Fox's top gun went after Rep. Paul, with a headline asking, "Why Is Ron Paul Dodging 'The Factor'?" The subhead for the program reads: "GOP presidential candidate claims the media is ignoring him but won't respond to invitation to appear in No Spin Zone." (Sidenote: As The New American has reported, the Pew Research Center has issued a damning report verifying that Ron Paul has indeed been shut out of most of the major media coverage.)
O'Reilly charged that Paul was "whining" about not getting media coverage but then wouldn't accept O'Reilly's "generous" invitation to appear on his "No Spin Zone." We don't know the precise details of O'Reilly's offer, but according to Rep. Paul's campaign chairman Jesse Benton, Dr. Paul was traveling and campaigning in New Hampshire but would be happy to appear on the O'Reilly show at a convenient time. It appears that O'Reilly preferred to report a scheduling conflict and bad timing as "dodging" by Rep. Paul.
Ignoring, Butchering the Evidence
But that was just the warmup. O'Reilly brought on former Clinton campaign manager and adviser (and prostitute toe-sucking fetishist) Dick Morris, now a regular Fox contributor, to help misrepresent and traduce Paul's stands on foreign, domestic, and monetary policy. Among the many absurd comments made by Morris was the disingenuous claim that Ron Paul won't come on the O'Reilly Factor because he doesn't want to face tough questioning. Whether one loves or hates Ron Paul, likes or dislikes his political and economic stances, it is ridiculous to say that he fears questioning, especially from a lightweight such as Bill O'Reilly, who confessed on one recent program to not even having the remotest idea who Ron Paul was talking about in referring to John Maynard Keynes...MORE...LINK
Yet another pseudo-conservative, Judeofascist neocon authoritarian attempts to dictate conservatism, expel Ron Paul from GOP, tea party leadership