Corporate media engages in mass public deception as Congressman receives just a third of the questions given to Romney and McCain
Paul Joseph Watson
January 31, 2008
Ron Paul was cheated for the umpteenth time last night, this time by CNN, as the corporate media once again engaged in mass public deception by advertising their spectacle as a "debate" when in fact it was nothing more than a staged punch and judy show.
CIA trainee Anderson Cooper directed just five questions at Congressman Paul as well as two half-questions, the answers to which he interrupted on both occasions.
In comparison, Mitt Romney fielded 17 questions and John McCain got 15, not including the time the two spent bickering with each other about their past statements.
Again, just as with the previous MSNBC debate and numerous others before it, Ron Paul was given less than a third of the questions as the other candidates.
The primary definition of a debate is, "A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints."
Since Ron Paul is the only candidate expressing opposing viewpoints, the corporate media's deliberate ploy to relegate, marginalize and restrict his opportunities to speak amounts to overt public deception. These farces should not be referred to as debates because they are merely PR stunts that are conducted with a deep-seated bias towards the establishment candidates.
As we have repeatedly emphasized, this is how frontrunners are created, this is how the establishment promotes its own candidates at the expense of others. The only solution is to continue to strike at the root of America's corporate media monopoly by creating our own forms of media and eventually eclipsing their influence which, slowly but surely, is beginning to happen with the aid of the Internet.
Here's the breakdown of Paul's participation time courtesy of the Lew Rockwell blog.
Question 1 on the economy: 1:19 minutes
Question 4 on the environment: 41 seconds, because Anderson cut him short and assured him "2 minutes, in 2 minutes we have a question for you. I promise"
Question 5 on income tax rebates and "make work" schemes: 49 seconds
Question 11 on Sandra Day O'Conner: 9 seconds, I kid you not. Cut short by Anderson
Question 15* on McCain's "100 years in Iraq" statement: 1:39 minutes (only question directly asked to Dr. Paul)
Question 18* on how he (Paul) would handle the military as commander in chief: 1:50 minutes
Question 19* on a Reagan endorsement: 46 seconds
The highlight of the night came when Ron Paul slammed the punch and judy spat between McCain and Romney over Iraq, both of whom fully support endless occupation, with the Senator making it clear this week that a McCain presidency would mean more wars.
Watch it below
Here is a montage of all Dr. Paul’s responses