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Jon Stewart On The Ron "13th Floor In A Hotel" Paul Media Blackout

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Over the weekend, following the Iowa straw poll result, we posed a simple question: why does the media continue to ignore Ron Paul (on both the left and right)? We followed up with none other than Paul's own response to this curious status quo. A few days later, it appears that the media itself has finally caught on to this ironic 'house of mirrors' effect, and while Paul is still not a household name, the self-effacing sarcasm this topic has garnered, has been captured best by none other than Jon Stewart in this entertaining clip that mocks the established mindset of the legacy media to not dare disturb the status quo, confirming that everyone, left and right, are really all just the same. For those who have not seen it yet, this is a hilarious must watch.


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Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:35 | 1566054 Uncle Remus
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Could make an intersting campaign poster


"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you,

then they fight you, then you win."

Ron Paul 2012

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:35 | 1566685's picture

How about:

"Ron Paul 2012

You're not the only one who secretly agrees with him."

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:15 | 1565961 High Plains Drifter
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ron paul, out of the light into the darkness.....

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:19 | 1565997 Rodent Freikorps
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Isn't Alex Jones the televangelist for conspiracy nuts?

Good work if you can get it.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:26 | 1566019 TruthInSunshine
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It's always easy to spot the people, like RP, that would actually shake up the system. How?

Look for those who get attacked by everyone (left, right, socialist, ubercons), because these people stake their position around something that's bedrock, like the constitution, and won't betray that bedrock for the sake of creating or saving alliances.

Some things are too important to sacrifice, no matter the repercussion.

Sacrificing these thngs is how we here in Amerikranski got the TSA molesting us and our kids, the UNpatriotic Act, soldiers and even mercenaries (non-U.S. citizens, too - post Katrina, foreigners w/fully automatic weapons and armored SUVs were guarding utilities, etc) conducting armed activities on domestic soil (many of which clearly violate Posse Comitatus), the modern Federal JUGGERNAUT that crushes states' rights & individual sovereignty, trillions of debt in idiotic military 'police actions' overseas (with dead U.S. troops and foreign citizens (aka human beings), etc.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:32 | 1566676's picture

It's always easy to spot the people, like RP, that would actually shake up the system. How?

Look for those who get attacked by everyone (left, right, socialist, ubercons),


Calls to mind my departure from DailyKos when everybody including Kos himself turned on Cindy Sheehan and started trashing her. That lady really laid it on the line and she had more to do with waking folks up to the reality of war than any Kossack could ever hope to do. On the contrary, many of them seem to like war now that a Democrat is President.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:30 | 1566031 DeathCabfoKulaks
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Ronnie will have the last laff.

"You wanna play ruff?  Well meet my litole Fren, Bondzilla"

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:30 | 1566032 John Law Lives
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Ron Paul: Why Stop Iran From Getting Nukes?

Brilliiant foreign policy strategy, Dr. Paul...


Ron Paul = will not win GOP nomination

Ron Paul = probably could not defeat Obama in general election

Ron Paul = get behind Rick Perry and give the GOP a real chance to win the White House

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:43 | 1566090 jomama
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lol, you buy into the partisan shell game too?  fail.

who gives a fuck about the GOP.  seriously?

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:06 | 1566599 John Law Lives
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Ron Paul is a member of the GOP.  If he has a winning platform, let him run as a Libertarian.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:27 | 1566661's picture

Mainstream Republicans used to promote peace and liberty. Now I guess they like war and tyranny.  That's why they need a good doctor.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 17:46 | 1566843 Caveman93
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So what are we currently doing that's halting Iran's ambitions besides assasinating their scientists? Get real gang, lived through the cold war just fine. Let them have them. They know there would be severe consequences if the ever pulled the trigger. We did Nuke Japan ya know...twice.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:37 | 1566063 lunaticfringe
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Thanks for posting this piece, Tyler. As usual it made me stop and think. I expanded on my own Ron Paul experiences here.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:40 | 1566075 baseball13
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Why again does the United States have to be the policeman of the world?...

(I heard a rumor that policemen have a life outside the job and some even attempt to take care of their homes...first.)

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:45 | 1566101 jomama
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because according to some people, it's our policing the world policies that have kept a dirty bomb from going off to date. i'd say it has more to do with luck than anything else.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 13:52 | 1566139 High Plains Drifter
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Six retired Jewish Floridian fellows are playing poker in their condo clubhouse when Meyer loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table.

Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five continue playing, but standing up. At the end of the game, Finkelstein looks around and asks, "So? Who's gonna tell his wife?"

They cut the cards. Goldberg picks the low card. It's up to him to bring her the news. They tell him, be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation worse.

"Discreet? I'm the most discreet person I know. Why, discretion is my middle name. Leave it to me."

Goldberg goes over to Meyer's condo and knocks on the door. The wife answers through the door and asks what he wants. Goldberg declares: "Your husband just lost $500 in a poker game and is afraid to come home."

"Tell him to drop dead!" yells the wife.

"I'll go tell him." says Goldberg.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:36 | 1566689 JohnFrodo
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very funny

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:00 | 1566178 -Michelle-
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Well, that's that.  This inspired me to pore over Ron Paul's 2012 campaign site.  I'm in.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:01 | 1566179 Trifecta Man
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MSM - Guilty of Premeditated Bias.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:04 | 1566186 DaveyJones
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Jesse's Cafe: In Case You Were Wondering Who the Mainstream Media DOESN'T Support...

Crouching Corn Dogs, Hidden Agendas: The Coverage of the Iowa Straw Poll

Management of the news by the vested interests and status quo could not be more obvious in this case.

The problem with Ron Paul is that agree or disagree with him, he is honest, consistent, and he doesn't sell out his opinions for lobbyist money.

I don't care for some of his positions on civil rights, and the other 'intrusions of government' to protect the rights of people against majorities.

Not every crook carries a gun, and not every man and woman carries their dignity in their wallet. There is such a thing as an overly narrow interpretation of the Constitution. Paul may have moderated on these positions, but I have not yet heard it, and he needs to weave that into his overall philosophy to be credible. But on the economic front he is better than most on several points.

Ron Paul has 'third party' written all over him. The status quo of the powerful and their demimonde in the media fear him, and will do all that they can to stifle his message. Given the chance, they will do a 'Ross Perot' him. What was done to Perot, the real threats to harm his daughter, and then the media circus painting him as 'a nut' for going public with them, was disgraceful.

As you may recall a credibility trap is when an organization cannot perform effective change and reform because it would require them to admit the corruption that exists, thereby placing the powerful insiders who are complicit at risk. So this sort of systemic distortion continues until there is an 'unavoidable crisis' like a war or a domestic event, and the past offenses can be swept under the rug for the sake of expediency in a swell of patriotic fervor.

Ron Paul is one of the few politicians who apparently "didn't take the money." And that makes him dangerous.

"The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity...

We can holler and shout, but we also have to light the lamps that show the corruption, injustice, ineptitude and abuse of power. When we do, you will see the villains scurry into the woodwork the way roaches do when you turn on the light.”

Frank Serpico

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:09 | 1566201 cranky-old-geezer
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Ron Paul could win everything right up to the republican convention and he would still lose the nomination.

Why?  Because the ruling oligharchy doesn't want him to be president.

It's that simple.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 15:30 | 1566514 g
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It would appear that he can not be bought and I bet he can not be bought. Ron's political history is consistent and unwavering. We need more Ron Paul types in government, one man can create the spark but until there are more like him the status quo will remain intact.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:10 | 1566210 A Dutch on Meth
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We have an animal rights party both in congress and senate that gets more airtime than Ron Paul.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:57 | 1566376 PulauHantu29
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MSM hates Ron wonder, he is a "thinking man."

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 15:30 | 1566496 g
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The media is bought and paid for, so are the majority of the American people for that fact.

Ron Paul is one of a handful of honest politicians,if you can even use that phrase in this day and age.

Go Ron!!!!! the fact the media does not and will not acknowledge you gives credence to your message.


Tue, 08/16/2011 - 16:00 | 1566573 Moe Howard
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Who is Ron Paul?


   I like it.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 17:21 | 1566800 Religion Explained
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Ron Paul is a lovely man, right on the money when it comes to sound money policy, the FED, etc.

HOWEVER (and why he gets the crazy uncle treatment) his position on allowing "twelvers" to get a nuke is, well, just nuts.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 23:21 | 1567790 honestann
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Nobody I know "wants" Iran... or ANY country... to "get a nuke".  That's not the question.  The honest question is, do you individually or we collectively have a right to murder untold numbers of people because "we don't like someone", or "we don't want something to happen that may or may not happen"?

Anyone who says "yes" to that is a predator, utterly unethical, completely evil, and massively destructive of many of the core principles of "civilization" (if such a term can even be understood by average people any more).

I don't want Iran to have a nuke.  I am atheist, and find all religions to be utterly and completely insane, most certainly including religions common in the middle east.  However, I don't want to harm any of those people, I don't want to kill any of those people.  But sure, if they attack me, I'll pull no punches, and I mean that.  The fact is, I am perfectly willing to have good relationships with people who disagree with me on important and fundamental issues, as long as we both agree not to harm each other or impose our beliefs on others.  And I find this to be a most honest, ethical and practical philosophy.  If others wish to avoid others who disagree with them, I defend their right to do so.  However, I do not defend the right of power-crazed predators bribed by money-hungry executives of military-industrial-banking-medical complex to start killing people.  And anyone who does is a massively evil bastard in my book.

And BTW, as RonPaul himself observed, Iran with a nuke isn't about to nuke Israel, because they know Israel has about 300 nukes themselves and their action would cause immediate and complete vaporization of all their population centers and military bases.  But "facts", principles and honest reflection don't bother people who want others to go kill people for them.

Which brings me to the final observation.  Ron Paul gets more donations from active members of the US military than ALL other republican candidates combined, and also more than "Nobel Peace Prize" Obama gets.  Think about that for a few minutes.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 17:41 | 1566834 natty light
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Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, and Barry Sanders are the only real people in House/Senate.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 22:27 | 1567660 TruthInSunshine
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Barry Sanders was also a helluva running back - maybe the best ever, given that he racked up so many yards behind a weak offensive line and with weak quarterbacks.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 03:54 | 1576132 natty light
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A true scholar athlete.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 18:24 | 1566980 zombiebank
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The mainstream media sucks.  Ron Paul is awesome. 

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 18:26 | 1566987 The Heart
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The people are pissed off and the lanterns of liberty are lit. The double edged sword of truth and justice is unsheathed. They will make the first move.

Are there false flag Events planned to stave off the rising tide of anger that is building against the babalonic media, banksters, wall street, and the horribly corrupted politicians?

When it is so obvious how this evil empire operates as we all saw in how they totally obscured the Ron Paul win in that debate in the media, and everyone knows it, they are ready to fall.

The nation is waking up and the banksters and corrupted politicians are all being fitted for neck ties!

Hang em high, then lets see them all drug around town as a message to the rest!


Tue, 08/16/2011 - 19:06 | 1567113 jkruffin
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Why don't we just prepare and enlist Ron Paul for the leader of the REVOLUTION!!!!  That is the only way!!....MSM is doing the same thing again that they did with Obama,  get one man famous enough in the stupid Americans' minds and they will think of nothing else because they are so short-sighted and ignorant.  Unbelievable, how embarrassing this country has become.  And for those who don't think a revolution is coming, just wait until the welfare stops rolling in!

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 19:25 | 1567158 mkkby
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Ron Paul can't save this farce of a democracy.  Right now, behind closed doors, the bankers are conducting interviews.  By next fall you'll know who they picked because he or she will get a billion $ to go against Obama and his billion.  Anybody not so anointed will be run over by mud slinging, dirty tricks and false advertising.

The bankers don't care if it's a dem or repub, because both will have pledged allegiance and taken the money.  Ron Paul is allowed to speak out because he has zero chance against this.  He won't even have enough money to get on all the ballots.  And he's retiring after this term expires, so we'll be seeing the last of him soon.

Sorry.  That's just the hard reality.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 21:30 | 1567230 Plumplechook
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As a result of Stewart's piece it looks like some commentators in the MSM are starting to pick up on the deliberate ignoring of Ron Paul.    See article below from today’s Guardian:

Ron Paul exposes media bias

By Paul Harris

For the last few days, the American media and political classes have been debating the fallout from the Ames straw poll: the Iowa ritual that marks the first real hurdle in the Republican nomination race. There was much to say. Michele Bachmann won, cementing her as the Iowa frontrunner. Tim Pawlenty came third and instantly pulled out. Herman Cain's fifth place burst his bubble. Rick Santorum's fourth place gave him a lift. Even some who were not taking part – such as Sarah Palin – were endlessly analysed.

But what of Ron Paul, who came second? The Texan congressman, outspoken libertarian and Tea Party idol got a mere 152 votes fewer than Bachmann. Where was the analysis of his campaign chances or – better still – a debate over his policy positions.

As usual, Paul was mostly ignored. The Washington Times declared him a "loser" even as it said Santorum, with 3,014 fewer votes than Paul, was a "winner". The blanking given to Paul was best summed up by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, who showed news anchors and analysts laughing at Paul and treating him like a geek in high school being teased by jocks.

If Paul had got an extra 153 votes and actually won, I bet the analysis would have stayed the same. Paul would have been dismissed as a "no hoper" and Bachmann's second place would still have been hailed as the real breakthrough. Politico summed up the reaction best in a rare piece outlining its unfairness. But even it could not resist a dig at Paul's opinions. "I do not fully understand Ron Paul and his beliefs," wrote columnist Roger Simon, but then he added: "But I do understand when a guy gets shafted and Ron Paul just got shafted."

All of which, begs the question: why? Despite Simon's protestations, Paul's beliefs are easy to understand. He is a libertarian who believes in small government at all costs. That extends to social policy, as well as foreign policy. So Paul wants to scrap the department of education and end the war on drugs, at the same time as condemning the invasion of Iraq and warning against threatening Iran.

Unlike other candidates from both parties – who tack left and right as the polls tell them – Paul has held his beliefs for years and does not change them to suit a focus group. He has principles and stands by them. This makes Paul admirable even when you disagree with him (as I mostly do). It also makes Paul the one thing that American media and political elites of all stripes can't stand: a genuine outsider.

This is especially true for foreign policy. Paul's outspokenness on America's wars abroad and troubles with Iran are a prime example. During the last GOP debate, Paul spoke angrily in favour of leaving Iran alone and played down the threat of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. He also made reference to the US-backed coup in Iran that overthrew democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq in 1953. "We started it in 1953 when we sent in a coup, installed the Shah … it's been going on and on because we just plain don't mind our own business. That's our problem!" Paul said, showing he knew his Middle East history.

But, of course, no politicians or journalists are interested in that history. That – like Paul's opposition to the war s in Iraq and Afghanistan – is seen as unpatriotic and that is a cardinal sin. Whether Republican or Democrat, mentioning the idea that other nations around the world might have good cause to be annoyed at the US is a no-go area. Mentioning events like the 1953 coup in Iran – backed by the CIA and Britain – triggers a collective cultural response of putting hands over one's ears and shouting: "La, la, la, la!"

It goes against the idea of American "exceptionalism". Paul's positions question the country's very role in the world. He even calls America an "empire". That is simply too much for the system to take. Far better to debate familiar topics like gay marriage, abortion rights, taxes and welfare cuts. Or ridiculous side issues like flag-burning.

Meanwhile, Paul is portrayed as the crazy uncle at the family party. Which is a tragedy. Paul likely won't win the 2012 nomination. His support is solid, enthusiastic, but hard to see growing very broad. But to cast him as a fringe weirdo says far more about the biases and idiocy of the media and his political rivals than it does about Paul.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 00:12 | 1567939 dark pools of soros
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there's a lot of lockstep zombies roaming zero hedge...  hopefully they click thru ads and make tyler some easy cash

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 13:09 | 1569371 The Gooch
Tue, 09/27/2011 - 18:00 | 1716464 wolfgang0007
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Anyone that makes fun of the only candidate that makes sense in this country , has to be an ASS....

And I state that with the sense of someone who has daughters , and nieces that will have to deal with a utterly corrupt government, and

a substandard bunch of asses that will entertain an ASS like Stewart.





Tue, 09/27/2011 - 18:03 | 1716469 wolfgang0007
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Anyone that makes fun of the only candidate that makes sense in this country , has to be an ASS....

And I state that with the sense of someone who has daughters , and nieces that will have to deal with an utterly corrupt government, and

a substandard bunch imbecils that will entertain an ASS like Stewart.





Tue, 09/27/2011 - 18:04 | 1716480 wolfgang0007
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RON Paul should be the next president, but people in this country have facebook and twitter to worry about .

simply no common sense, it's a shame.





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Thu, 02/16/2012 - 13:47 | 2166373 Overdrawn
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Why isn't the video available in the UK?  s'not fair.

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