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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Seer's picture

Sad how "enlightened voters" think that they're awake when they're really just programmed to believe they are (and to pull the appropriate lever).

All gets old, listening to the same broken record as to how the liberal/conservative media is manipulating things and that if people only run to the other side of the trap, er a, boat that all would be corrected.

Fucking tools!

I really like Ron Paul (supported him in the past, and do so in spirit today [my new-found religion doesn't permit me to engage in politics]), but he's NOT PTB material, he's therefore not going to "save" us all: yup, we're doomed to rinse and repeat up until we get it that it's the fucking System! (that's where power is, and where power will control us all until we get it through our thick skulls that power doesn't compromise, that our only options are to either become that power we hate, or we disallow the formation of power outright [NO GOVT]).

mahalopamala's picture

As a constituient and supporter of Dr. Ron Paul, I strongly believe in his message.  I appreciate the viewpoint that he is not our "savior".  I am not ignorant enough to believe that one person could be elected and change the way the big boys/ control freaks run the corrupt government. 

 The biggest strength Dr. Paul gives us is his truthfulness and consistency of his message and beliefs.  When folks wake up and start listening to truth and common sense and realize we are being strangled by federal gov/corporate cabal- and work to end the corrupt system- then that is when Dr. Paul has WON!!!!


Ben Dover's picture

Maybe that could be their new slogan - 

"America's Two Party System
A Leisure Time Service of Your Financial  Services Industry"

longonSpam's picture

Ohmagawd my eyes have been opened to the evil of the Communists at Comcast! Thank you thank you thank you!!

I need better drugs

Kina's picture


Azannoth's picture

I only know what the 'MSM' is saying when I read posts like this on ZH :D

doggings's picture

best contrarian indicator out there, plus it's soooo fucking funny. 

Taterboy's picture

But, but, Becky cumming back tomorrow and and she'll show us the bathtub ducky Uncle Warren gave her!

Beatscape's picture

Speak for yourself. I turned off CNBS about 6 years ago--makes me puke. I never watch it--it screws up my trading. I just watch my charts and streaming quotes, and read ZH (#1),, Bloomberg, Investors Village, Google Finance and I do read the WSJ.

The only way I would watch CNBS is if it was the 'Rick Santelli channel', and he was the only commentator.

holdbuysell's picture

Remember: it's important to keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

monoloco's picture

The useless corporate media ignores Ron Paul yet reports every word that comes out of the mouth of the completely irrelevant Michelle Bachman.

paarsons's picture

I'm fucking crazy.

But Cain, Perry, and Bachman have completely shit the bed.

Furthermore, most Americans aren't going to vote for a Morman.  They'd rather have a black man.

So Paul and Gingrich REALLY have a shot.

One's a sincere genius.  The other is an evil genius.

Either way, they're both better than Obama.

Things are looking up.

disabledvet's picture

what's a Morman? Is that kind of like Piltdown Man?

Kilgore Trout's picture

I think they're the weird cannibalistic underground dwellers in 'The Time Machine'.

Gavrikon's picture

I don't think his Mormonism is the problem.  I believe it is because he is an asshat.

kaiserhoff's picture

Romney can't get above 25% in the polls.  That's because he is a RINO.  Republican in Name Only.

RiverRoad's picture

Romney should try going "through the eye of a needle" and save himself some dough.

Ruffcut's picture

I'd vote for the geico caveman. At least when they want to write stoopid bankster side laws, he would have to scratch it into a wall of rock. That would keep him busy as to not fucking up so quickly.

pupton's picture

"Mermen are mythical male equivalents of mermaidslegendary creatures who have the form of a human from the waist up and are fish-like from the waist down."

Comay Mierda's picture

the stupid polls dont matter. its the electronic voting machines we should be concerned about. the results can be hacked very easily

SilverIsKing's picture

A real concern but not necessarily hacked, just falsified.

Seer's picture

And who owns the code to these things???

Anywho... I had some involvement in nixing these things in my State.  Funny that the campaign to protect this obvious point of manipulation came by way of getting people to believe that a "paper trail" could protect voters.  You could program a machine to report a different vote but you couldn't have it alter a printout?  People just aren't very smart: and I'm talking about hardcore political folks (yeah, now I know better- I detest them in all their shapes and sizes).

Ah, the good old days in which I actually thought that the System was fixable (didn't realize that it operated just as always intended).

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

he will break up the status quo and current system....thats what the powers that be want the current manipulated system even if gold is revalued whoever will keep the system as is as much as possible and yes MSM is handpicking the candidates. Who knows maybe Goldman Sachs is hiring these women to come out against cain. Who knows...

Unprepared's picture

Yesterday, after I voted in the poll and the result was displayed, RP was first at 33% followed by Romney at 22%.

CNBC however had a serious issue with the visual presentation. The bars indicating % for both candidates were exactly of the same length while every other candidate's % bar length was proportional to Romney's. Example:

R. Paul   ------------------------------ 33%

Romney ------------------------------ 22%

Cain      ----------------------------   21%

malalingua's picture

Here is a screen shot of Ron Paul at 66% before they took down the poll.

mahalopamala's picture

I certainly like your handle and your profile picture is very handsome!


malalingua's picture

"I am very complimented".  Derrick Zoolander

The pic is of Dr. Paul

pupton's picture

@Unprepared - MSNBC did the exact same thing!  Paul with 29.7% has a line equal in length to Caint and Romney at 22%.  The rest are all proportional.  What gives?

Ron Paul   29.7% (11,686 votes) Herman Cain   22% (8,642 votes) Mitt Romney   21.8% (8,576 votes) Newt Gingrich   15.2% (5,963 votes) Jon Huntsman   5.4% (2,132 votes) Rick Perry   2.8% (1,119 votes) Michele Bachmann   1.7% (651 votes) Rick Santorum  
nedwardkelly's picture

They are scared of less airtime for 'front runner' rick 'GWBIII' Perry

Dumbass doesn't even know his own platform

Whoa Dammit's picture

The MSM are definatley scared of Ron Paul.

But so is the GOP-if the GOP wasn't scared of him, the rest of the talking buffons on stage would not constantly be co-opting his ideas.

You can even see Romney watching Ron Paul closely when Ron Paul actually gets to answer a question. Then Romney will later rephrase Ron Paul's response as if it was his own idea.

The GOP knows that Ron Paul's platform is what the people want, but the GOP also knows they can't control him.

SwingForce's picture

Well, when only 6,000 people watched the show, then........

HedgeFun's picture

+1 gazillion.  Great post

RemiG2010's picture

I hate Ron Paul! He will never be a president!

Now counting all vortes down!

Pig Brotha's picture

Hey nitwit, if you are going to show your political stupidity by making such a statement  you may want to spell check before doing so.

vortes - dumb fuck

RemiG2010's picture

He is too old for the job! He has no political expirience at all!  He has no clue about economics, how FED really works! He has no clue about fractional reserve system and his argument about M1 during debate was laughable.  He will never be a president! NEVER!!!

disabledvet's picture

6' 4" if you include the afro, eh?

RemiG2010's picture

.... but he has real chance of becoming THE President!!!

tarsubil's picture

I can imagine some shadowy oligarch screaming this desperately at one of his underlings.

RemiG2010's picture

Just twenty two votes down? You are as pathetic as RP is! Is that all you can do?!!!

s2man's picture

First good laugh, this morning. Thanks.

RemiG2010's picture

Ok! You passed my test! You people are LEGIT!

Jayda1850's picture

wow a troll that gives milliondollar bonus a run for his money.

Jayda1850's picture

wow a troll that gives milliondollar bonus a run for his money.

Max Hunter's picture

You're funny.. for a second.. I thought you were serious..

JPM Hater001's picture that you.  You crazy old dog you.

Someone get the gun.  Let's shoot this one and then cling to our religion.

PaperBear's picture

Ron Paul knows full well that the privately owned non-Federal non-Reserve is all about stealing wealth from the general public.

RemiG2010's picture


@Pig Brotha

Sorry for that typo, but my first post shows how big and broad support even here at ZH Paul really has! All other GOP candidates should take that under consideration.


PS Second entry "expirience" - dumb unicorn. That's the negative effect of multitasking. I promise to improve!