Sunday, November 18, 2007

Why the Media Hates Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich

Say the names Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul to the average American and you'll often hear a snicker, a laugh, and most likely, some derogatory statement. But why is that?

It's not like Kucinich or Paul go around making bizarre comments, such as "the Constitution is just a piece of paper," or, "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family," or even, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

No, neither Dennis Kucinich nor Ron Paul made any of those statements. Instead they get portrayed in the media as "crazy," "goofy," "reckless," or "a nutjob" for saying things like, "I think it's inconsistent to tell the American people that you oppose the war and, yet, you continue to vote to fund the war. Because every time you vote to fund the war, you're reauthorizing the war all over again"(Kucinich), or, "Cliches about supporting the troops are designed to distract from failed policies, policies promoted by powerful special interests that benefit from war, anything to steer the discussion away from the real reasons the war in Iraq will not end anytime soon" (Paul).

Which of those sound like the rantings of a crazy person? Which quote sounds reckless?

It is true that most American media go out of their way to intentionally deny air time to people like Kucinich and Paul. Before we discuss why, it's important to hear a few other quotes from these two "nutjobs." See if you can find an underlying theme to these quotes:

"Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers." (Paul)

"This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans." (Kucinich)

"I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card." (Paul)

"Bush is going in the wrong way. And I dare say, that is what the strategy of his administration is, is just to wipe out government's purpose for any social and economic justice at all. And I'm going to take the country in an opposite direction than he's taking it." (Kucinich)

"When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans." (Paul)

"Everyone should have health insurance? I say everyone should have health care. I'm not selling insurance." (Kucinich)

"War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures." (Paul)

Did you notice a pattern? Both Paul and Kucinich are against the influence of lobbyists, war profiteers, deficit spending, and big government, to name just a few.

It's understandable why other politicians would be nervous about either Paul or Kucinich becoming President. But why would the media care who is president, or even who is running for president?

The answer is simple. The media are the lobbyists, war profiteers, insurance companies, and financial institutions that would be impacted by new policies and laws. For those companies, common sense is the enemy, and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are full of it - common sense that is. They don't talk like politicians, they talk like successful businessmen. They can see where the fat is and are not afraid to speak up and vow to cut it if given the opportunity, and that scares the hell out of the companies that own the media.

So who owns the media?

Fox News is openly owned by Rupert Murdoch, a hardline supporter of the Republican Party, but the other major media corporations are in the same boat, affiliated if not directly owned by companies that make their living doing business with our military. In effect, the major media in the United States makes a good portion of their income from war.

No wonder these companies use the scare tactics of terrorism, scarrorism as I like to call it. They are business partners in the same secret club. A scared citizenship afraid of the phantom bad guy is good business when you make a living killing people. And anyone who threatens their business is labelled "a nutjob" and denied airtime.

Want proof?

The Nightly News, Presented by Halliburton

NBC is owned by General Electric, who also owns MSNBC and CNBC. GE also owns Bravo, Telemundo, USA Network, and the Sci-Fi Channel, among others. GE was awarded $2.2 billion in military contracts in 2005, and according to the War Profiteers website:

"General Electric is one of the world’s top three producers of jet engines, supplying Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other military aircraft makers for the powering of airplanes and helicopters."

CBS is owned by the former Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, a division of Westinghouse. WBC purchased all of CBS in 1996 and dropped it's name in favor of the less ominous title, CBS Company, which was in turn purchased by Viacom. Besides making the appliances and household electronics we know them for, Westinghouse used to own Northrup Grumman, who makes nuclear powered aircraft carriers, military airplanes, smart bombs and nuclear bombs, and is one of the largest military contractors in the United States. Despite the sale of Northrup, Westinghouse still makes nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines as well as electronics for the military and manufactures arms. Those same arms that are used to kill Iraqi's and Afghani's.

But it's much worse than you think. One of the longstanding members of the board of directors for Westinghouse was Frank Carlucci. Carlucci served as Secretary of Defense before Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor before Colin Powell, and also as the CIA Deputy Director. Carlucci also served as chairman of Carlyle Group from 1992-2003 and as Emiritus Chairman until 2005. The Carlyle Group is an investment firm with ownership in multiple industries, but some of their defense contracts have been widely criticized. Former employees of the Carlyle Group include George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and James Baker.

We can go on and on, but let's give one specific example of how lobbying works. When Viacom bought CBS, they broke U.S. laws concerning media ownership that is meant to protect the public from media manipulation by giant corporations. Within a week of the purchase, Senator John McCain proposed a change to U.S. law allowing Viacom to complete the purchase. Not coincidentally, Viacom is the fourth largest donor to John McCain's campaigns over his 25 year career in politics. (Why isn't that brought up when McCain takes questions from citizens at debates?)

Knowing this, it's no wonder why NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and other mainstream media so eagerly jumped into bed with Fox to consistently report lies and planted stories as news, and stop asking the hard questions journalists are supposed to ask. And it's equally no wonder why war profiting media attack people like Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, people they perceive as threats to their income and way of doing business.

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Resources:
George W. Bush Quotes
Ron Paul Quotes
Dennis Kucinich Quotes
Media Ownership Chart
Who Owns The Media?

Want to know more about the media? Read The Media ARE the War Profiteers.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Massive one-day donation for Dennis on Dec 15 - the day the Bill of Rights took effect in 1791.

www.december152007.com

dav3.tv said...

Maybe both should abandon the mainstream parties and team up for a Paul - Kucinich ticket in 2008.. then again, maybe that's been Plan B all along. In many ways they're so similar as to be eerie.. they could only compliment one another in office.

Anonymous said...

"GE was awarded $2.2 billion in military contracts in 2005."

2.2 Billion is less than 1.4% of GE's annual revenues - it's not like US DoD business makes or breaks them. GE would also benefit more from policies that Bush will never endorse than it will from the war. A strong push for alternative energy would be worth more to GE than anything they can sell to the war effort, as they're one of the biggest players in nuclear, wind, and solar power generation.

Anonymous said...

2.2 Billion is less than 1.4% of GE's annual revenues - it's not like US DoD business makes or breaks them

...and that makes it all right?

yeah.

.001% dirty is still dirty.

I want industry to lead in bringing new tech to the consumer and drive us to green. but call the spade a spade, not a heart...

Anonymous said...

Weekly donation drive occurs every week for Ron Paul (www.ronpaulmoneybomb.com)

One big massive blowout drive for Ron Paul on the 16th of December, anniversary of the Boston Tea Party - to the protest the oppressive and unconstitutional inflation tax - which has enabled a flawed foreign policy, a costly war and the sacrificing of our liberties here at home.

www.ronpaulmoneybomb.com

Ebony Ghost said...

They would make a great ticket. Of the many places online where people are gathering to create a change, Unity08 has geared up to nominate one candidate from each party. They can be elected and it can be done without the aid of major media. We only have that little problem of trusting the vote counters.

Anonymous said...

There are two parties, the Republican-Democratic party and the Imperialist party.
The Republican-Democratic party aims to create a strong republic by democratic means and accepts and tolerates dissent. The imperialist party aims to expand the power and influence of American companies and needs a sheepish public to go along, pay for their wars and fight them.

underground said...

Some of the comments here are dead-on that GE would make more money if they could just find a pro-war Democrat who would support "green" subsidies and increased medical spending (GE medical equipment is expensive...)

That said, I don't think its a coincidence that Hillary Clinton is the media favorite.

If you want some more info on exactly who GE is donating to and what sort of platforms those politicians are using to get elected, follow the money and read about GE's military and media empire.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it weird that the most moderate and fundamentally democratic (not the party) candidates are going to be shunned by their lack of cooperation with corporate interests? Americans outnumber corporations, we should follow France's recent example and shut down the nation's economy.

Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled. Give your money to Ron Paul. There is no way Dennis has a chance against Hitlery or Obama. Ron Paul on the other hand is the only Republican candidate who can beat them. Besides, Kucinich's voting record doesn't stand up to Ron's. Dennis also consistently supports legislation which threatens our Second Amendment.

http://teaparty07.com/

Anonymous said...

"Manufacturing Consent" by Noam Chomsky. A must read.

Anonymous said...

gepxbI initially supported Ron Paul, but after finding out about his anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage stances (kind of odd for a Libertarian) have decided to support Dennis Kucinich instead. Kucinich isn't perfect (he would like to ban handguns in the U.S.), but I doubt that type of legislation would get very far. However, I can easily see social conservative rallying around Paul and allowing individual States to ban abortions.

Rose said...

Forget about Kucinich and Ron Paul, what about John Edwards? He's not as radical as Kucinich, but he is passionate about getting rid of lobbyists, getting the money out of politics, and putting the power back into the hands of the people. He's more electable than Hillary or Obama too...

Zee said...

Rose, stop trying to talk sense to a bunch of lunatic morons. I mean, how bonehead stupid do you have to be to post such a shallow topic, not to mention to actually promote a Kucinich-Paul ticket...although the goose-step nonthinkers all belong together with such a ticket. And to think Buzzflash is front-paging this crap. Mark Karlin needs to beg $100 k from cult Constitutionalist gun nuts who would support racist Ron Paul...no thinking person would support the demise of his once important website.

Zee said...

Oh, and for the entire low-down on the White Supremacist Ron Paul, here's an expose from kos:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/5/15/124912/740

For the hypocrisy of media whore Kucinich (whom the media is soft-balling for sure) go to Rosemary Palmer's site http://www.rosemarypalmerforcongress.com/
and see how the anti-democracy hypocrite Kucinich has let the Gold Star mom running against him languish for 3 months without an answer to her request for a debate while he prances around like a fool on the Colbert Report.

Zee said...

"One big massive blowout drive for Ron Paul on the 16th of December, anniversary of the Boston Tea Party"

Yes, you too, can join the White Power people in supporting their favorite candidate! Morons.

Anonymous said...

To the person who wrote:
2.2 Billion is less than 1.4% of GE's annual revenues - it's not like US DoD business makes or breaks them. GE would also benefit more from policies that Bush will never endorse than it will from the war. A strong push for alternative energy would be worth more to GE than anything they can sell to the war effort, as they're one of the biggest players in nuclear, wind, and solar power generation.

Ever heard of Capitalism? This is where people capitalize on the need for economic goods and services as long as possible before serious innovation is implemented. GE will eventually play that hand, but not until the microchip is in your child's skull. So, I will not be voting for the skull and bones this primary thank you very much.

The Freewheeling Socrates said...

But if you are white, which I am, what's wrong with promoting your race? Ever hear of "La Raza?" The Mexicans yell loud and proud, "Everything for the race."

I am beyond self loathing because I am white.

White power seems like a great way to counter the illegal invasion of 14 million dumb, uneducated, dirt poor Mexicans and Latinos.

Jesse said...

Zee - You need to do some homework to realize that while Ron Paul is endorsed by White Supremacists, he doesn't endorse them or their ideology. Kucinich & Paul are the best political hopes for America, and it doesn't look like the mainstream Democrats will pickup on this.

Bottom line: Check your sources next time before you start throwing mud. Here's a place to start looking Captain Clueless:

http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=41822

Anonymous said...

When candidates are looked at solely for issues, Kucinich is very often the choice of Dems, Liberals, Progressives or any name you want to give us as well as a fair amount of independents and even republicans.

Anonymous said...

massive one day donation for ron paul, too. on december 16th, the anniversary of the boston tea party. contribute to the campaign to stop overtaxing! teaparty07.com

also check out firstchurchofatheism.com - it's quite interesting

Anonymous said...

It's a shame such truth in this Blog is being corrupted by the likes of folks like Zee. Thank you for your factual account of politics and the MSM today.

thirdeyetc said...

"But if you are white, which I am, what's wrong with promoting your race? Ever hear of "La Raza?" The Mexicans yell loud and proud, "Everything for the race."

I am beyond self loathing because I am white.

White power seems like a great way to counter the illegal invasion of 14 million dumb, uneducated, dirt poor Mexicans and Latinos."

Wow. How to respond. Well I could start by saying that we sort of invaded this land to begin with, killed the Indians that used to be here, and set up shop. I could also mention that one of the main reasons Mexicans come here is because NAFTA has totally fucked up their economy, and that corporations are dependent on their black market labor.

Another great way to stop all that immigration, if it really bothers you so much, you racist fuck. Start prosecuting the white guys who own the corporations that give them jobs and end bogus "free trade" agreements, and help make their own nation self-sufficient.

I laugh in the face of such xenophobia coming from the ancestor of genocidal colonists from Europe that built a nation on the back of slave labor.

No point to repeat what I've said more eloquently elsewhere, so I'll post a link:

The Melting Pot Calling the Kettle Black

thirdeyetc said...

I'd also like to say that Ron Paul and Kucinich running together seems comical. Ron Paul would do away with all environmental regulation. Basically if you wanted to buy a slave from Wal-Mart that'd be none of his business.

He also is pro-life and seems to not think much of the devision between church and state.

About the only thing they have in common is their anti-war anti-patriot act stance.

Do you really want a world where Corporations can do whatever the fuck they want without any oversight whatsoever, even if it means trampling on the rights of individuals and communities? Then vote for Ron Paul!

Don't forget there's a little something called third parties too.

Rebel against the two party system and vote Green, Libertarian or the like. A vote for one of the two major corporate sponsored parties is the only sure way to waste a vote.

John said...

Great article!

One slip up is placing Fox news in the same category as CBS, NBC, ABC ie.'main stream media'.

A rare Fox slant is hardly comparable to reckless and relentless main stream propaganda.

The Freewheeling Socrates said...

Hello thirdeyeetc! Thanks for responding to little ole’ me. Even though the internet is bursting with posters and a million messages, everyone seems to be self-absorbed enough not to talk to others. It’s a million monologues.

Ha!

Please allow me to answer your response to my message. I figure you won’t like my answers, but they represent the truth as I know it, and at least we can talk, right?

You said, “we sort of invaded this land to begin with, killed the Indians that used to be here, and set up shop.”

Yes, might makes right. The world is a jungle. The strong survive and the weak ones fade. I’m not saying that is my policy. I’m saying it’s the way of the world.

“ I could also mention that one of the main reasons Mexicans come here is because NAFTA has totally fucked up their economy, and that corporations are dependent on their black market labor.”

When Al Gore debated Ross Perot on the CNN Larry King Show, Perot stated, “If NAFTA passes you’ll hear a flushing sound of millions of American jobs going south.” He was right. NAFTA has contributed greatly to the decline of the American middle class. Chinese people get paid 11 cents an hour to stock Wal Mart and others with cheap goods. Corporations could be pressured to rebuild the American middle class if Ron Paul can set us up on the gold and silver standard again and if the labor unions are allowed to gain strength again.

”Another great way to stop all that immigration, if it really bothers you so much, you racist fuck.”

I am racist and you are too. I have yet to meet even one individual who loves another race more than their own. This is bottom line human mentality. Why deny it?

“Start prosecuting the white guys who own the corporations that give them jobs and end bogus "free trade" agreements, and help make their own nation self-sufficient.”

I believe I have a better idea. Revoke the North American Union directive Bush signed in 2004, reestablish the traditional United State of America borders, and cancel all American social services at the federal, state, and local levels for nonAmerican citizens.

The “white guys who own the corporations” affected a coup de taut in the USA by murdering President Kennedy. Since then they have been untouchable, they are pulling the strings at every level, and in fact have bankrupted the USA with their global war and genocide. Do you think Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich can defeat THEM?

”I laugh in the face of such xenophobia coming from the ancestor of genocidal colonists from Europe that built a nation on the back of slave labor.”

OK, but what’s happening is no laughing matter. Our country and the world is turning to a form of totalitarian fascism that plans to enslave 5 of the 6 billion people, you and me included.

You talk as though you have only recently discovered the historical events you mention. In time you will season with age and gradually see the larger picture.

Nice talking with you.

Ronald Withrow said...

Zee wrote that Dennis Kucinich is a "media whore"? Please. If he has to wave his arms and use what would be seen as drama and grandstanding to get attention, so be it! Everything he has done to draw attention to the true issues extant in this nation has been marginalized by the MSM propaganda machine to make him look bad, so more power to him! Rosemary Palmer is doing the same by exploiting her Gold Star Mother "status" and what else? That Kucinich is ignoring her? If I supported the monstrous bill D.K. voted against on the Enhanced Patriot Act, I'd ignore her too!
Kucinich consistently votes for the rights and well-being of the constituency...what has Palmer done except piss and moan that Dennis isn't paying attention to HER? Who's really the "media whore"? Check the voting records of both and tell me what you think, if that's what you call it. Seems like you picked a convenient and emotional peg on which to hang your hat.
You come across as another Repugnantlan Troll Against Truth with your Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich rants and ostensibly offer proof with propaganda links to bolster your dubious arguments. As stated before, you need to do more homework on other than "talking point" Web sites to make your ill- defined case.

andy said...

you're questions about these particular politicians would be more effective if you didn't reveal who said what right after noting the particular quote.
listen... they're still saying the same things any politician would say. Ron Paul is still a phoney. he opposes gay marriage (what 'libertarian candidate' would do that??) and Denis Kucinich is still a pussy.
When will we find a candidate who is actually intelligent enough, in his or her own right, as opposed to some idiot who needs to sink down to the lowest common denominator (which, especially in 'America,' can be pretty fucking low), to be a decent human being?
I guess [i know it is too fucking late and too fucking low to expect anything worth while.]

BellyDance Girl said...

excellent post. The truth is not profitable.

Anonymous said...

And it's even more no wonder that fat Americans WENT ALONG WITH IT over the last TWO-THREE DECADES.

They ridiculed and poured contempt onto anyone who spoke out, calling them whack left extremists.

I can't say that you Americans didn't deserve it. You deserve every penny of this corruption. That is what greed, ignorance and gluttony gets you.

Zee said...

Zee - You need to do some homework to realize that while Ron Paul is endorsed by White Supremacists, he doesn't endorse them or their ideology. Kucinich & Paul are the best political hopes for America, and it doesn't look like the mainstream Democrats will pickup on this.
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You and all the Kucinich-Paul nutcases need to do your OWN homework. Did you read my well -sourced link to Ron Paul's LONG TIME racist rants? Thought not.

Anonymous said...

It is not about the media or the lobbyists, it is all about Israel and which candidate that can support Israel more and help Israel to further its Zionist agenda to enslave mankind. Please wake up people before it is too late. Stop getting all your information from the media, because with some research, you'll find out that is owned by the Zionists and their sympathizers.

May God have mercy on our souls.

Anonymous said...

My respect for Paul is falling as I read allegations about him being a creationist and racist. However, I've always favored Kucinich more than Paul anyway. And there isn't any dirt on Kucinich AT ALL. Ok he hasn't responded to a debate request (referring to the website posted by Zee)...um that's jack shit to the allegations other candidates are facing he's got bigger fish to fry and did I mention he's running for the friggin' presidency? He's got shit to do!!!! Kucinich is the real deal; I don't think he will win, but I'm still voting for him b/c I won't go for second-best. I'm not giving my vote to anyone else.