Ron Paul supporters are used to getting shortchanged by the media.
Take the debates for example. In one of the South Carolina debates, Paul was given only 89 seconds by CBS to speak — out of an entire hour.
|Ron Paul addresses what appears to be many more than 40 people.
Paul had just come in second in the New Hampshire primary and was leading all other contenders, including President Barack Obama among independents.
In another debate, NBC gave Brian Williams as much time to speak as Paul. NBC’s own poll showed Paul tied with Mitt Romney as leading the pack in a head-to-head contest with Obama.
There are reasons why the pundits and the mainstream media exclude Paul. He is taking on the establishment. He is seeking to reform the monetary system, including changes that would make the Federal Reserve more transparent.
He wants us all to know how much money they are "printing" and to whom it is given.
A partial audit Paul obtained in 2008 showed trillions of new dollars being loaned out — interest free — to banks and major corporations, including corporations that own companies, that own companies, that own television networks.
It also showed money being loaned to companies that advertise on those networks — but mostly to banks that loan the money that allow those big companies to make their dreams come true.
Whatever happened to "in the interest of full disclosure?" The network talking heads trudge on, never saying a word about the fact that the news they are reporting is impacting their own companies and their own careers.
Of course, there is nothing conspiratorial about most journalists. They follow the herd, running when the herd runs and relaxing when the herd stops.
God help the poor journalist that strays too far from the pack. His or her greatest fear is not to be wrong about a story, but rather, to be different.
Paul supporters come via the internet. That's why so many are young. They don't watch television news. They do their own research.
Paul doesn't convert them. The facts do. They simply match up the facts to the candidates. Many are even shocked to find that the old man has it right.
Some are Democrats and independents surprised to find they agree with a Republican. And they are loyal because they have experienced the pride of authorship, the pride of self-discovery.
So here is another little story for the Ronulans. something to add to the collection:
According to an Associated Press report that was published by the Chicago Tribune and carried worldwide by the wire service, "about 40 people lined up to enter the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville (Michigan) where Paul was speaking Sunday afternoon."
The AP claimed in its story that the report originated in the Detroit News, but I couldn't find it there.
The campaign called AP and asked for a correction based on the fact that there were not 40 people there. There were more than 2,000 people at the event.
Fortunately, Adam de Angeli, Paul’s Michigan State Director, had photos — or corroborating evidence as the case may be.
Maybe we should print T-shirts that say, "I was one of the 40 at Hudsonville."
If everybody buys one who attended the event, we might be able to convince AP to run a correction.
Doug Wead is a presidential historian and a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush. Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.
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