Guest Post: Be Honest CNBC - You Are Biased Against Ron Paul

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt Market

Be Honest CNBC-You Are Biased Against Ron Paul

Those of us who have supported Ron Paul since his presidential run in 2008 (and some who supported him long before that) have come to expect an astonishing array of mainstream media tricks, lies, and censorship when it comes to the “journalistic” examination of the good doctor. This doesn’t mean, however, that we have ever or will ever come to ACCEPT this consistent trend of deception and disinformation as a forgone conclusion of our political lives. We will never throw up our hands and walk away from the mess the MSM has deliberately created, because that is exactly what they would like us to do; give up, shut up, go home, vote for Romney (an establishment crony with the creepy grin of a pedophile), and watch him lose to Obama (yet another establishment crony) in 2012.

With this stated up front, it was brought to my attention that CNBC was running a poll asking readers who they thought won the recent Republican Presidential Debates in Michigan. Now, as in many polls in 2008, the name “Ron Paul” has been rising to the top of the charts in 2011 despite all efforts by media lapdogs to dissuade the public from even considering such a candidate. CNBC did not fail to play its roll this time around either. Ron Paul won by a substantial margin, and of course, their response was to take the poll down! Here was the explanation given by CNBC Managing Editor and all around bottom feeder, Allen Wastler:

Gamed Poll...So We Took It Down

We had a poll up from our Republican Presidential Debate asking readers who they thought won. One candidate was leading by such a margin that it became obvious the polling wasn't so much a reading of our audience, but of the Internet prowess of this particular candidate's political organization. We have therefore taken the poll down.

Yes, we've gone through this exercise before.

Wastler then provides a link to a rather patronizing statement he made back in 2007 to explain why CNBC dumped polling results then as well:

First of all, let’s be serious, folks! Regardless of what you might feel personally about Ron Paul or his political position, it has become painfully obvious to even the most oblivious subsections of the American populace that the MSM, from supposed “right wing” outlets like FOX, to supposed “left wing” outlets like CNBC, have gone WAY out of their way to ridicule, suppress, or completely ignore him.

Now, you really need to ask yourself, why is that?

If Ron Paul is such a “fringe” candidate with “no chance” of winning, then why all the trickery and subversion? If his political methodologies are so ridiculous or out of sync with the American people, then why not plaster his face on every TV screen in the country and let him destroy his own career? Why hide him from public view?

The answer is simple; because he IS a threat. His position is one of government transparency, limited power, and financial independence. He predicted the credit crisis and the mortgage bubble implosion long before they ever occurred. The guy wants to shut down the Federal Reserve and the cartoonish brute squad otherwise known as the IRS. He wants to end the costly and fraudulent wars in the Middle East and bring the troops home (really bring them home, not make fake statements about bringing them home and then keep them on the ground for another few years). Of course the MSM, a corporately controlled monopolistic sham, is working overtime to keep Paul down!

Think about it. Sit back and consider. If Ron Paul was actually allowed to stand on the same stage as Barack Obama in a fair debate, there would be no half hearted girly-slap pansy sparring going on as there would be in a match between Obama and Romney. Ron Paul would destroy Obama! It would be a massacre of historic proportions! The establishment, which represents a minority of elitists in this country and not the citizenry in any capacity, will not let this happen.

Allen Wastler would call the above statement “conspiracy theory”. All I have to say to Wastler is; prove me wrong! Give Ron Paul fair coverage. Leave your own polls to represent the actual results regardless of whether you like the outcome. But first, answer me these questions, Allen:

1) If your poll was “gamed”, or in other words “hacked”, then I imagine that you and CNBC have some kind of proof of this. Please, do show it to us, so we can better understand your suppression of the poll results. I continuously hear from the MSM that Ron Paul supporters are all master hackers, and that there are only a dozen of us huddled around basement computers posing as millions (and I thought they didn’t believe in conspiracies…), but I have yet to see any concrete evidence to support this notion. Do you have any, Allen?

2) If CNBC’s poll is so easily tampered with, then why continue to run it at all?

3) If Mitt Romney had won the poll by a landslide, would CNBC have suppressed the results then? Or is it only farfetched when Ron Paul prevails in the final calculations? (This is a bit of a rhetorical question, because we all know Mr. Wastler would have danced a jig and sung the glory of Romney over Paul if the roles had been reversed).

4) Why is it that whenever Ron Paul wins a poll, MSM pundits claim the results are unscientific, or that they really don’t represent the true position of the general public? Why is it that a Romney or Cain win brings resounding words of vindication for the nature of the democratic process?

5) What margin of success does CNBC consider “realistic” for a presidential candidate? I mean, is it really necessary for you to punish Ron Paul for being a popular candidate, or to punish his supporters for being well organized and showing up for the vote? Do you not see the half-assed absurdity of your claim that Ron Paul won by “too much”?

6) Isn’t it conceivable that Ron Paul is doing well in the polls because his ideas and views are shared by many Americans? Who are you to claim this is not possible, Mr. Allen?

7) Do you really believe you and CNBC will not be held accountable for misinforming the American people and hiding information pertinent to their political knowledge? The last time I checked, CNBC’s viewership has been in pitiful decline since at least 2009.

8) When are you going to man up, Allen, and admit that you dumped the poll because you are biased against Ron Paul? It’s not as if it is a big secret. Hiding behind superficial excuses such as “hackers” and “poll gaming” is at bottom pretty cowardly. Why not embrace your blatant disapproval of Paul and the considerable movement of Americans surrounding him so that we can have a real discussion, instead of putting on a pretentiously counterfeit smile and talking down your nose at us? Wouldn’t that be more fun?

Let’s bring some honesty, and perhaps finally some true competition, back to the presidential race, and say what is actually on our minds for once. This goes for the staff of CNBC! If Allen Wastler or any other MSM lackey wants to bash Ron Paul, then he should do it openly as a private citizen, not use the CNBC media apparatus as a Hearst-like yellow journalism weapon for misinforming the public, or for indirectly slandering a candidate or his supporters. This should not be a problem for him at all, unless, of course, the corporate owners of CNBC over at G&E play a much greater role in the actions of their news subsidiary than is readily admitted. Then, Allen Wastler’s apprehension in laying out the truth plainly would make a little more sense…

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the not so mighty maximiza's picture

They are scared of something

wang's picture

but ZH readers continue to tune in to CNBS

that is sick

jayman21's picture

Yes - to take the other side of what ever they are pumping and entertainment.  Keep friends close, keep enemies closer.

Pladizow's picture



Ex's: CNBS, CNBSlezz, etc.....

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Forget the Ron Paul revolution - the younger generation is waking up and realising that Ron Paul is just supporting the corporations. The Occupy Wall Street movement is breaking new ground against libertarian bigotry by pioneering the PROGRESSIVE REVOLUTION. We have been warning about the lack of welfare spending, jobs bills, and government controls for decades, and now that we are finally being vindicated, the Ron Paul campaign is trying to co-opt the movement. The real revolution is the compassionate SOCIALST revolution and we have a few simple demands:

1. Ban ALL derivatives, including options, futures, CDS's and SWAPS

2. FREE education, healthcare for all Americans

3. A guaranteed government job for all unemployed Americans

4. Triple the minimum wage to boost living standards

5. BAN all imported goods that compete with AMERICAN exports to boost our manufacturing base

We are fearless because we have the truth on our side, and the Ron Paul campaign better get with us or get out of the way.

WonderDawg's picture

MDB, your satire is truly genius.

DeadFred's picture

Or maybe he forgot and used the big spoon instead of the little one for this morning's drug supply.

trav7777's picture

Ron Paul won, ergo the poll was hacked.

Results or evidence that show Paul in the lead are assumed to be spurious

This is them telling YOU who your fuckin candidates are gonna be, capiche?  People talk about how the system selects two shitpiles, one from each camp, and here you can see its function.  The MSM has already decided who the GOP candidate pool is.

WestVillageIdiot's picture

You got that right, Trav.  The other day I was reading about some bullshit poll that the fish wrap known as The Wall Street Journal had done.  The only names mentioned were Herman "I can run anything into the ground" Cain and Mitt "thank god my daddy got me where I'm at since I'm such a colossal zero" Romney.  The name Ron Paul was not mentioned a single time.

And these fucking media outlets blame the Internet for their lack of readership or viewership.  It is not the fact that they peddle bullshit 25 hours a day.  The Fourth Estate is truly in wretched shape. 

Citxmech's picture

They put Ron way at the end podium and didn't even include him in the wide-angle shots.  I was actually looking for a poll to vote on and all CNB$ had at that point was a poll titled "What topic dominated the debate?"  Seriously?

Looked to me like the topic of the evening was how best to marginalize RP - too bad that wasn't an option.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

The coordination is truely amazing, more than anytime in history.  It can't be explained from just the "dumbness" of individual reporters either, because, and here is the kicker, Ron Paul would be making the media money if they featured him prominantly.  That's right, if they gave hi more time, more people would tune in, and thus revenue would increase.

Corporations are always all about the money.  This is why Ron Paul's shunning is amazing.  Never before has the main stream had a political agenda that runs counter to making them money.  Big Brother is truely watching us, and trying to mess with our opinions.

Ron Paul- Taxes and the Fed:

RiverRoad's picture

The MSM aka their advertisers are scared to death of Ron Paul.  The Fortune 500/Banksters will have a much harder time victimizing the American people with Ron Paul in the Whitehouse.

redpill's picture

They didn't like the poll results so they took it down. What a bunch of pricks. I'm not even going to watch CNBC for perverse entertainment anymore.

DaveyJones's picture

that's the old world when journalism existed. The new world is an ever decreasing number of ever growing media corporations which dominate and control the information you receive in vertical monopolies and co govern the people. A little different than the framers' vision.   

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Usually they kill two birds- Dancing with the Stars makes money and it keeps the masses on the status quo drug that is TV and its mezmorizing capability).  The 2000 and 2004 elections gave the same effect; people were either on the blue team or read team.  Now, like when Perot ran, we have an alternative the the media's Hegelian Dialectic, and so the media will throw away revenue just to keep their agenda in line.  It is a truely amazing phenomenon.

logically possible's picture

Trav, Exactly, and last election it was the MaCain pile.

Dr. Acula's picture

Hmph. McCain the TARP supporter. Basically no different from Bush or Obama.

"We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself" -



DaveyJones's picture

McCain, the S&L immunizer

RiverRoad's picture

McCain, the navy guy defense industry shill.

RiverRoad's picture

Actually the MSM's advertisers  (Oligarchy/Banksters) who control the MSM have already decided who the GOP candidate will be.  Or they think they have...

DeltaDawn's picture

MDB, please note our country is broke. We cannot afford to support you and your sorry-assed friends. My advice to you: marry a farmer's daughter and hope they don't ask you to help around the place and that their crops don't fail. Learn to hunt, no free meals without tools, skills and lots of effort. Yes, we have all been screwed by the globalists but socialism is for weanies.

Pladizow's picture

Its called sarcasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KinorSensase's picture

I miss your old avatar already.

Tsunami Wave's picture


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

That's not true. America is NOT broke. If we just raise taxes on GREEDY corporations to 90%, we will be able to pay for ALL of the welfare spending and more. Do the math!

Troy Ounce's picture


Yeah..yeah..and a free BMW for all. Bitches!

FEDbuster's picture

It will be a re-born Chevy Chevette Hybrid from Government Motors in blue (no other colors available).  Price fixed at $2,999.  All other imported cars (no domestic competitors) will pay a 1000% excise tax and will be unable to fill up at the price fixed government filling stations which offer a corn alcohol fuel that powers only GM Chevette Hybrid at a subsidized cost of $1/gal. (true cost with farm subsidies $10/gal).

optimator's picture

It won't be a re-born Chevette,  It'll look like a Trabant and you had better remember to add the oil to the gas! 

FEDbuster's picture

The new Chevette will be Government Motors answer to the Trabant.  It will be a hybrid with a fucked up electrical system designed by a former English automotive engineer.  The batteries will come from China, safety equipment from India, body and frame Mexico and assembled by former Ron Paul supporters in a FEMA re-education camp supervised by drunk and high UAW workers.

Spastica Rex's picture

Eat the poor: they taste just like chicken.

DaveyJones's picture

with just a hint of spotted owl

RiverRoad's picture

And better do it quick before they all come home to roost....

DeltaDawn's picture

90%tax => corporations leave => no jobs => no tax base => no government handouts.

Only the crony corporations don't pay taxes. Most do.

bankruptcylawyer's picture

i was laughing all the way.

banning cds however is not satire cds, or other bets on failure are part of how the securitization bubble got out of hand .

im not arguing for banning cds, which is essentially an unregulated corporate life insurance policy, but i think you need mark to market accounting and 20% reserve requirements and a maximum cap on the size of banks and of course, glass steagal.

there is meaningful work to be done in this area so the satire of # 1 would be lost on most people.

FrankDrakman's picture

Sorry, your solution is worse than the disease. More regulation, more bogus accounting, more artificial and arbitrary restrictions.

It's really simple: LET THE MOFO'S WHO MAKE TOO MANY OF THESE BETS FAIL WHEN THE BETS GO WRONG. Nothing would get firms to manage their books more carefully, make sure they're actually hedged, and keep their leverage down to manageable levels than knowing that they WON'T be bailed out, that they WILL be sued, that they WILL lose their jobs and bonuses, and that they MIGHT go to jail.

In other words, LET CAPITALISM WORK, and throw out this wretched crony system where the connected can thumb their noses at the rules, and the rest of us pay for it.

bankruptcylawyer's picture

yes, this is what greenspan said. and then warren buffet said unregulated derivatives were weapons of mass destruction. 


while no one will argue with you about letting failure take its course

you have no basic understanding of the incentives and nature of financial instruments. you do not allow people to possess rockets with guidance systems ( missiles as theyre known)---because they are a huge threat . this is why the possession and supply chain of missile parts fuel, and designs are tracked and regulated by the military. 


you dont need missiles as an american who wants to protect himself from the government. you need a gun fine. same reasoning goes for atom bombs, etc.....

you see, this is why the life insurance industry is also regulated. you cannot go around selling and cheating people by taking their money with no real intention or possibility of ever paying them back. that is why life insurance is SUCH a shady financial instrument, that and it provides an incentive to kill someone. google some stuff about the vatical 3rd party broker business in life insurance you'll learn something about 'unrestrained capitalism'-----unrestrained social behavior leads to the promotion of anti-social abusive behavior by those willing to use it to deceive their fellow man. and while i'm a liberty minded person, you're naive if you don't think the first thing the hucksters will tell you is that there is no need for you to worry about them. it is a chicken and egg game--an arms race--a prisoners dillema---

the only society that functinos is one where honest people are trying to stop the dishonest sometimes and where the psychopaths are stopped from 'regulating' everything. it's a tough balance. but if you think derivatives in their current form can be part of this balance, you're nuts. 

read your history , learn about securitization and the history of the 30 year mortgage. certain financial products are almost fraudulent by nature. just like certain medicines are actually poisons but in small doses can cure certain problems.. 

Pladizow's picture

You continuously forget to end with "Sarcasm off".

FEDbuster's picture

If these "goals" were in the form of a questionaire or poll of #OWS people, I bet you would get a 70-80% agreement.  That is the reality of the "occupy movement".  The Country is on the verge of going full retard, if  something drastic doesn't happen soon to change the economy.  We may get the re-boot that people have been predicting, but what comes on the other side is anyone's guess.

Fazzie's picture

He dosent forget, the sarcasm is always "on"!

smiler03's picture

But [at this time] 139 ZH ers haven't realised the sarcasm is always "on". They either don't remember MDB's posts are default /sarc on or don't understand sarcasm. Some re-education is required I think.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY!!! , they don't have a candidate yet

LawsofPhysics's picture

You forgot a few;

6) Gaurranteed infinite growth of all economies and endless availability of cheap energy resources.

7) Make it illegal for rain to fall on weekends.

8)  Make plate technonics and evolution illegal, no more bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics or cancer cells becoming resistant to chemotherapy agents.

9) In general outlaw all acts or limitations imposed by Nature and the laws of physics on general well-being of humanity.

Love the sarcasm/satire, keep practicing.

DOT's picture

 Congress must repeal the Laws of Physics; free energy for the people!

KinorSensase's picture

hehehehe.  thank you for that comment.

Citxmech's picture

Isn't there an app for that yet?

Bwahaha WAGFDSMB's picture

Energy would be free if oil companies were not suppressing the breakthroughs in perpetual motion and water burning engines, and government keeping the alien energy technology they have at area 51 secret.

XitSam's picture

Don't forget to have them repeal the Laws of Mathematics. Think of how simple things will be when Pi = 3.