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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ron Paul, Jeremiah Wright and The Corporate Media (with video)

Bob Cesca points out
If the corporate media had been as diligent about watchdogging President Bush as they have been about watchdogging Reverend Wright, it's very likely we wouldn't have invaded Iraq.

If the corporate media had spent as much time exposing the obvious flaws and grotesque inequalities of Reaganomics throughout the last 30 years as they've spent on Wright, we wouldn't necessarily be staring into the maw of another depression.

If the corporate media were as diligent about debunking the lies surrounding Iran's so-called nuclear program as they've been about Wright, there wouldn't be such a sense of inevitability in terms of attacking -- or entirely obliterating -- Iran.
He chides the media for "beating this nothing story to death." Cesca doesn't stop there. He goes on
The reality is that only one of the candidates is being attacked for their connections when, in fact, all three candidates have controversial and embarrassing relationships. The difference, as near as I can tell, is that only one candidate has an angry, shouting black connection. And -- bonus! -- there's videotape of this angry, shouting black man suggesting that America is partly to blame for the attacks of September 11!

Wait, wait. That claim sounds familiar. Who else besides, you know, the 9/11 Commission has claimed that American foreign policy in the Middle East was partly to blame for the September 11 attacks? In other words, who else has basically said -- and repeatedly so -- that America's "chickens have come home to roost"?
To answer the question, Cesca posts video (08:03) from Ron Paul being interviewed by Blitzer on CNN where he talks about American foreign policy in the Middle East and the September 11 attacks. Cesca then quotes Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Pat Buchanan, Ronald Reagan, Joe Scarborough, Bob Novak and John McCain, who all praise Ron Paul lavishly. Tongue in cheek, he predicts
With the exception of President Reagan of course, I expect all of these Republicans politicians and pundits will step forward and declare their intentions to sever all ties to Congressman Paul, and to subsequently retract all praise for the Congressman.
He ends his critique of the media by decrying their "race-baiting spectacle," and their convenient blindness towards Pastor Hagee and as well as Senator Clinton's promise to "obliterate" Iran with nuclear weapons. He concludes with two questions, which also comprise the title of this commentary on The Huffington Post: "Have you no sense of decency at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"


Blogger reggolb said...

Here's something I don't get from your post... You say "all three candidates have controversial and embarrassing relationships" obviously leaving Ron Paul out of the candidate equation but when someones getting blamed " shouting black man connected to Obama" (not a quote)you find a way to lump Ron Paul in. Come on, there's alot of difference between Ron Paul giving his point of view of the events leading to 9/11 and Obama being intimately connected to Reverend Wright and the Reverend spewing out why he believes 9/11 occured. Obama is all alone in chosing to attend Wrights services and connect himself with such people who would throw him (Obama) under the bus just to make a name for themselves. I mean, no one ever heard of him until Obama decided to run for President. Any attempt to compare Ron Paul to Obama's friend Reverend Wright is ignorant. Well, sell ignorance somewhere else, the US is full up.

April 30, 2008 12:50 PM  
Blogger Howard Martin said...

"The most honest man in Congress." --Senator John McCain

Do think McCain should denounce/renounce Ron Paul for his comments he made in the video about the causes of 911? Did you watch the video?

April 30, 2008 4:35 PM  
Blogger reggolb said...

You must be joking right? Whatever, the sooner he pops a gasket the better. Who cares what he denounces and yes I've seen the video. Good luck with that.

April 30, 2008 5:11 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Actually, there are four candidates in the race, not three. Ron Paul is still running and very much in the race. So please don't mimic the mainstream corporate media by excluding him or acting like he doesn't exist.

May 1, 2008 9:23 AM  
Blogger George Dance said...

Hello? You didn't know that Ron Paul has also been hit with the same 'racist' smears (for probably the same motivations)?

Please take a look at:
The "Newsletters" FAQ
ver. 1.2

May 3, 2008 6:54 PM  

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