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    Who is manipulating the reporting of poll results at FOX NEWS?


    I was following the reporting of the Iowa straw poll results and noticed something odd this morning at FOX NEWS.

    Tommy Thompson’s results were reported at — 7 percent

    Fred Thompson’s results were reported at – 1 percent

    Ruddy Giuliana’s results were reported at 1 percent

    But Ron Paul, having over 9 percent of the vote and beating out the above three was absent in the alleged fair and balanced straw poll reporting at FOX NEWS. His name was not even mentioned during the segment at 8: 45 am Sunday morning. What’s up with this. Can anyone explain this un-fair and un-balanced reporting?


    Complete poll results are as follows:

    1. Mitt Romney –32 percent
    2. Mike Huckabee – 18 percent
    3. Sam Brownback – 15 percent
    4. Tom Tancredo – 14 percent
    5. Ron Paul – 9 percent
    6. Tommy Thompson — 7 percent
    7. Fred Thompson – 1 percent
    8. Rudolph W. Giuliani – 1 percent
    9. Duncan Hunter – 1 percent
    10. John McCain (less than 1 percent)
    11. John Cox (less than 1 percent)




    JWK

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnwk View Post
    Who is manipulating the reporting of poll results at FOX NEWS?


    I was following the reporting of the Iowa straw poll results and noticed something odd this morning at FOX NEWS.

    Tommy Thompson’s results were reported at — 7 percent

    Fred Thompson’s results were reported at – 1 percent

    Ruddy Giuliana’s results were reported at 1 percent

    But Ron Paul, having over 9 percent of the vote and beating out the above three was absent in the alleged fair and balanced straw poll reporting at FOX NEWS. His name was not even mentioned during the segment at 8: 45 am Sunday morning. What’s up with this. Can anyone explain this un-fair and un-balanced reporting?


    Complete poll results are as follows:

    1. Mitt Romney –32 percent
    2. Mike Huckabee – 18 percent
    3. Sam Brownback – 15 percent
    4. Tom Tancredo – 14 percent
    5. Ron Paul – 9 percent
    6. Tommy Thompson — 7 percent
    7. Fred Thompson – 1 percent
    8. Rudolph W. Giuliani – 1 percent
    9. Duncan Hunter – 1 percent
    10. John McCain (less than 1 percent)
    11. John Cox (less than 1 percent)




    JWK
    I hate those guys.

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    Fox is indeed not news. Not only are they biased against opposing parties, but they are biased against opposing viewpoints within their own Republican party, as this suggests.

    I can't wait to hear Fox try to excuse itself to its audience, saying that is was an 'accident' that led to the absence of a(n apparently) major Republican candidate in a crucial poll.

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    Falsifying the news? Is that what reporters do?

    Doesn't the guy who owns Fox also now own the Wall Street Journal?

    Why not falsify stock reports?






    (Oh, the Right is so crooked ... !)

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    Arrow Paul Levinson, Fordham Univ Prof giving a free talk about MSM bias

    Hey - a heads-up for everyone in the New York area, with an interest in the mainstream and Internet media coverage of the 2008 Presidential election, and its current percolating campaigns:

    Paul Levinson has been invited to talk to the New York City Ron Paul Meet-Up group at 7:30pm this Tuesday - in particular, about the media's misreporting and in one case outright attack on Ron Paul, and what can be done about it.

    He'll be talking at the Village Pourhouse on 11th Street and 3rd Avenue (southwest corner) for 30-45 minutes, followed by 15-30 mins for questions and answers.

    The meeting room will be spacious. The general public is welcome. Admission will be free.

    The media coverage of our election campaigns thus far should be of concern to anyone who values our democracy.

    Ron Paul and his supporters, in particular, have received less than truthful treatment from a variety of media. ABC News and its affiliates has had the greatest confluence of misreporting, and Prof. Levinson be talking in particular about ABC's posting of misleading photos, reporting of Internet poll results which left out Ron Paul's standing, and, in the case of ABC radio talkshow host Mark Levin, about his urging listeners to call Ron Paul headquarters with hostile comments. In short, he'll be discussing the many abuses he'e been loudly blogging about for the past weeks.

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    The coverage referenced in the following article revolves aroung McCain's purchase of television advertisements "in the state."
    Original WMUR broadcast here: http://www.wmur.com/video/14222012/index.html

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    No Ron Paul, but WMUR-TV Cover McCain Without Single Backer?

    Monday, October 01, 2007 - FreeMarketNews.com

    NEWS ANALYSIS

    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex) held a Family Walk in New Hampshire joined by hundreds of supporters - but it wasn't covered by WMUR 9 state-wide TV, even though the station covered GOP candidate John McCain, despite his apparent inability to draw a single backer.

    According to Ron Paul supporters, this is an open-and-shut case of news bias - one that favors other GOP candidates at the expense of the campaign's only libertarian conservative Ron Paul (R-Tex).

    FMNN feedbacker GigiB writes, "I was in New Hampshire this weekend. I saw John McCain interviewed by TV twice. There was NOT ONE John McCain supporter to be seen. As a matter of fact I counted 20+ Ron Paul supporters and 0 John McCain Supporters in two restaurants where McCain was interviewed for TV."

    See feedback: http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=49633

    For months, through dozens of reports, FMNN has covered the emerging story on the lack of mainstream news coverage of Ron Paul's increasing success as a libertarian-conservative candidate for president. The situation with WMUR in New Hampshire is increasingly problematic for the Ron Paul campaign, as the TV station, an ABC affiliate, is the state's largest and most authoritative dispenser of news.

    Following several reports by FMNN, and a letter-writing campaign, the "conservative" the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state's biggest newspaper, has begun to cover the Ron Paul campaign more closely, but all reports indicate that WMUR is a much harder case - close to openly hostile to Ron Paul coverage.

    See related FMNN coverage: "WMUR NH TV to Ron Paul: 'Drop Dead'?"

    http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=49633

    Feedbacker GigiB adds, "According to news sources there were between 500 and 1,500 in Veteran's Park in New Hampshire for Ron Paul though the MSM did not carry this rally on TV....while Ron Paul was speaking he managed to raise $1.2 million on the internet. How much did McCain raise this week? We shall soon find out. ... Personally I've taken to reading blogs, Free Market News and YouTube to find my news these days. And that's where Ron Paul is. In the REAL WORLD!"

    WMUR's difficulties regarding coverage of the Ron Paul campaign are especially puzzling given the station's apparent expertise in political coverage. Sources such as Wikipedia have noted that WMUR has received high honors for its political coverage in the past.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMUR-TV

    During election seasons, WMUR is well-known for organizing and producing some of the higher profile candidate debates for ABC News, as well as CNN, before the first United States presidential primary. On March 9, 2005, as a result of its coverage of political events, the station won the "USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism" for the third consecutive time.


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    Paul Levinson's blog, mentioned in my previous post references the above article.

    comment @ Levinson's blog:

    "...isn't the Republican candidate drawing the biggest crowds worth assigning a full time reporter to? Isn't the fact that the candidate with the biggest crowds is at 3% in the polls a remarkable story in itself?"

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    With the Republican/Libertarian movement feeling firsthand the despicable nature of our mainstream news media, perhaps they will finally accept what Progressives have been saying all along: that we have a big problem in this country when it comes to media consolidation and accurate portrayals in the news, especially at election time.

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    I'm progressive, maybe a bit left of liberal, and I like Ron Paul.

    Corporate candidates get covered on TV - no one else. If you see them on the news constantly, it is because they are paid for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    With the Republican/Libertarian movement feeling firsthand the despicable nature of our mainstream news media, perhaps they will finally accept what Progressives have been saying all along: that we have a big problem in this country when it comes to media consolidation and accurate portrayals in the news, especially at election time.
    Surprisingly enough, most of the Ron Paul supporters I know (and that is a lot) blame that 'liberal media' for his coverage problems.

    Ignorance runs rampant still.

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    This thread may now be dead, for it seems that Ron Paul's campaign is finally speaking in the only language that the mainstream media understand, - MONEY!

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    Paul Raises Jaw-Dropping $5 Million

    October 03, 2007 1:16 PM
    ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf Reports:
    It dominated headlines yesterday when Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, announced her campaign juggernaut hadnoutpaced all rivals in the campaign fundraising horse race with a $27 million haul in the third quarter.

    Today's fundraising announcement by Rep. Ron Paul, the Republican Libertarian ob-gyn from Texas, doesn't involve quite as much money, but is downright jaw-dropping.

    His campaign is revealing today that in the 3rd quarter Paul raised $5,080,000. This is more than double his 2nd quarter figure of $2.4 million and no small sum for an insurgent campaign.

    Comparatively, Paul's Q3 figure is five times what was raised in the same period by GOP rival former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is often given a better chance at the party nomination by political pundits. It puts Paul in the same fundraising neighborhood as top-tier Republican candidates like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

    Paul has become the buzz candidate with his hearty and vocal supporters, omnipresent on the Internet and at campaign events. But Paul's strict Libertarianism -- he is as vocal in his opposition to the Iraq war as he is in his support for the 2nd Amendment -- could hurt him with the GOP base who will ultimately choose the Republican nominee.

    ABC's affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire caught Paul at the airport Wednesday. To watch Paul's reaction to his third quarter fundraising success,
    click HERE.

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    Yesterday ABC World News Tonight flew a crew to New Hampshire to interview Ron for last night's show (video).

    Probably the most honest and fair national coverage to date. George Will's statement takes the cake.

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    DC forum sounds the music on Paul

    Posted: Friday, October 05, 2007 11:10 AM by Domenico Montanaro
    From NBC's Andy Merten


    Six GOP presidential candidates are taking their turns addressing the Americans for Prosperity "Defending the American Dream Summit" here in Washington, today. They are targeting government spending and taxation. Casually watching the forum from our offices, we at First Read noticed some unfair time allocations to different candidates.

    After Giuliani spoke for nearly 25 minutes, Ron Paul, who may have earned his time to speak with this quarter's fund raising, took the stage. Speaking for just over 10 minutes, Paul was then cut off by the stage music -- a tactic usually reserved for an emotional Oscar-winning actress (or one that gets a little too political) to wrap it up.

    We'll have more about the forum, later, but thought this was an interesting tidbit.

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    Ron Paul, who may have earned his time to speak with this quarter's fund raising, took the stage.
    a disgusting summary of American politics. $$$

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    Washington Post and Ron Paul: The Soviet Press in America
    Posted by Daniel McAdams at October 6, 2007 08:45 AM

    Here's a quiz:

    Upon reading this headline, which appeared in the Washington Post this morning:
    Looking Past the Elephant in The Room
    GOP Contenders Keep Distance From Bush Legacy

    who is the first Republican candidate for president that comes to mind?

    You see where this is going already, don't you? Yes, astonishingly, nowhere in an article that one would assume is all about the Paul candidacy do you see Ron Paul mentioned by name or by inference. They even reach down to mention Huckabee, whose campaign is on life support, noting, erroneously, that he "laments the growing income inequality in America, a topic his fellow Republican candidates will not touch."

    Other tortured avoidances of Ron Paul are almost comedic:

    "To be sure, all of the leading Republican candidates are emphatic about winning the battle against terrorism. But the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism are among their few areas of agreement as they look beyond the Bush years."

    This is how a state-elite supporting press looks. This is how the press operates in totalitarian societies. It is the virtual psychiatric hospital of the Soviet Union, whither Ron Paul and others like him who challenge the system are relegated. Unseen. Unheard. Disappeared. This is how the press operates in countries the US euphemistically targets for "democratization" because of an unfree press. Freedom House? Don't they do a world survey of freedom of the press? Are you there? Oh, that's right: much of their budget comes from the very same elites who run the US government.

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    Ron Paul Treated Unfairly at the CNBC Debate - Proof From the Transcript

    10/11/07

    Some of the lower tiered candidates and their supporters have complained about the presidential debates thus far -- complaining that they favor those that are higher in the polls.

    The justification given for this is that the voters are to see those candidates with a legitimate shot at winning the nomination, something that is measured by polling data and fundraising numbers. So before we get into the polling data and the fundraising numbers, let's see how much each of the candidates were allowed to speak.

    Our methodology for this is actually quite fool-proof. We take a transcript of the debate and parse each of the words spoken at the debate and count who spoke how many words.

    This is what we got.

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