View Full Version : CNN smears Ron Paul supporters, misrepresents Dr. Paul's positions

06-10-2007, 02:34 AM
June 8, 2007
The Ron Paul phenomenon?


CNN started this "The Ron Paul phenomenon?" piece off by painting Ron Paul grass roots supporters as spammers due to message postings in their post debate discussion page even though there were under 200 unique total message posted, a minor total considering the debate viewership. Here are the messages CNN removed:

CNN continued to claim that their actions to remove the sub-200 posts were the result of a "strain on [their computing] resources". While CNN's current web server solution is unknown it is of note that a 2001 Sun Microsystems press release stated that their iPlanet Web Server Software Server was used to power CNN.COM as it "recently broke online records as it served up 150 million page impressions and accommodated more than 6.3 million visitors during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election."

Many of the comments we received were supportive of the Texas congressman, while others registered frustration that the flood of Paul posts impeded the general online discussion, likening them to spam.

The comments section is intended to be informal, of course, but the strain on resources that night prompted us to take down the “Who won the GOP debate” question

CNN continued to mislead its reader by saying that Ron Paul supports were adding comments to the “Who won the Democratic debate?”, while true, CNN failed to note that the URL link from their original “Who won the debate?” for the GOP was redirected to “Who won the Democratic debate?”.

Here are the two different links, the first redirects to the second now:

(though that didn’t stop Paul supporters from commenting; they started adding comments to the “Who won the Democratic debate?” post). The intention was not to censor Ron Paul supporters — right now, you’ll find hundreds of Paul posts on the site.

CNN continued by discrediting all new technology metrics in favor of a outdated polling system that relies on the use of land line phone technology and people who don't use caller ID.

Given the volume of submissions, we do not post every comment. That said, we will always try to post as many as possible. We know how frustrating it can be to write something thoughtful and never see it published.

Right now “Ron Paul” is among the top-searched terms on Technorati, the popular site that tracks blog posts. According to the community Web site, Eventful, there are more than 16,000 outstanding “demands” for Paul to appear in cities across the country – that’s up 11,000 from just one week ago, leapfrogging him over Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York. Ron Paul video clips get plenty of play on YouTube and there is no shortage of blogs devoted to his support.

What do these numbers mean? How do you reconcile that support with the national poll numbers? In virtually every scientific national poll — generally regarded as the best measurement of public support for a political candidate — Paul registers, at most, between 1 and 2 percent. Do the debate numbers reflect something different than the national polls? Is it too early to tell?

CNN continued the piece by misrepresenting Dr. Paul's position on abortion stating that he "opposed abortion rights" which is untrue for the federal government position that he has held and is seeking based on the limited Constitutional government principle in that the federal government has no power on the matter. To quote:
"Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but not because the Supreme Court presumed to legalize abortion rather than ban it. Roe was wrongly decided because abortion simply is not a constitutional issue."

Paul opposes abortion rights

CNN also misrepresented Dr. Paul's position on gay marriage saying that he "defines marriage as between a man and a woman" while his position is that marriage is not a federal issue since the power is not enumerated in the Constitution. To quote:
"Marriage is first and foremost a religious matter, not a government matter. Government is not moral and cannot make us moral. Law should reflect moral standards, of course, but morality comes from religion, from philosophy, from societal standards, from families, and from responsible individuals. We make a mistake when we look to government for moral leadership.

Marriage and divorce laws have always been crafted by states. In an ideal world, state governments enforce marriage contracts and settle divorces, but otherwise stay out of marriage. The federal government, granted only limited, enumerated powers in the Constitution, has no role whatsoever.

Congress could statutorily remove whole issues like gay marriage from the federal judiciary, striking a blow against judicial tyranny and restoring some degree of states’ rights."

defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

CNN concludes their hit piece by questioning if Dr. Paul is a "true conservative" without providing any supportive evidence and in disregard for his voting record which reflects strong conservative values.

Is he a “true conservative”?

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Michael Varin
06-10-2007, 04:36 AM
Last night I watched about 15 minutes of a recap of the debates on CNN. Wolf Blitzer was "enlightening" us as to where the candidates stand on various issues. If I was a person with little knowledge of Ron Paul who hadn't watched the full debates, I would have been led to believe he stands with the Republicans on Iraq, may use tactical nukes on Iran, and is against gays, and that the Democrats take the opposite stance on these issues. It wasn't explicitly stated, but they way it was edited, Wolf's commentary, and what was left unsaid. Very misleading.


06-10-2007, 06:24 AM
It was sickening, why do they give Rudy so much time?