Brian Wilson on how the media work their voo-doo against Ron Paul.
Scam and Sham
How the Media do that voodoo that’s doo-doo
by Brian Wilson
Center stage for the “news media’s” regularly scheduled kabuki: The Presidential Debates. These 60-90 minutes of low-grade drama and high-grade farce would have the viewer believe serious inquisition is going on here. In fact, all but the script is laid out in advance. Even the candidate placement is calculated to foment drama and entertainment, not a substantive “debate”. The entire format is designed to embarrass, confuse, distract and entertain rather than provide honest, insightful answers to serious questions about governance and a vision for America’s future. While serious formal debating always has a “timed” component, it is generally ample to allow serious presentation of position or fact. Not so much with these laughable Network Events. The “rules” require the candidates to force 10 lbs of You Know into a 5 lbs bag. Despite politicians’ congenital desire to filibuster, it is ludicrous to expect conscientious voters to reach a well-founded decision on whom to support based on a 2 minute sound-bite response to dramatic, rhetorical, loaded “gotcha” questions, cleverly crafted to hog-tie the respondent. That’s not an excuse for any candidate who steps in it with a poorly presented answer, but a level of awareness must prevail considering who asked what question of whom and how and what’s heard in response.
Many have appropriately objected that Ron Paul is not asked substantive questions; that he is ignored in favor of anyone else on those rare occasions when serious issues are introduced. A large part of the explanation lies in the self-fulfilling fairy tale the MSM tells you: Polls show Romney, Perry and Bachman are the front-runners; voters, therefore, want to hear from them more than the Also-Rans. They conveniently leave out the part that those polls are of their own making. They pick and pay the polling company, pre-determine the response, dictate the questions, and see to it the methodology secures the desired results. They can then tell you with straight face: “This is what our polling data shows; this is why we ask more questions of the Front Runners.”
The truth is Ron Paul’s answers do not fit the Party Line. Every Paul position contains a reference to the United States Constitution, Constitutional authority, Constitutional principles. The unanswered question remains: what is so wrong with a Constitutionally obedient government that gives the other candidates hives? Put another way: what stands in place of a Constitutionally obedient government? The answer can be read in everyday’s headlines. And, as noted in previous LRC scribbling, the Shooting Stars in the News Media Firmament can’t handle such answers because they thoroughly debunk the currently approved and accepted narrative. They can’t be trumped or demagogued without insulting the Rule of Law (which fortunately still has a serious fan base across the country). During the 2008 cycle of these “Presidential debates”, Ron Paul was actively mocked and marginalized. This time, the media is pushing its patented “Ignore Button”. To paraphrase the song lyric, “Ask him no questions/he’ll just tell you truth”. And we can’t have truth and the Constitution mucking up a good ole media kabuki.