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Ending the Media Prejudice Against Ron Paul

The 2008 Ron Paul Campaign was effectively sabotaged by media bias.

The 2012 campaign is starting out the same way, with most discussions of GOP candidates simply ignoring Ron Paul.

We must change this. But we can't do it by simply complaining. I think we need to fight back in a way that the media conglomerates will understand. Dollars.

Boycotts4Paul.com allows Ron Paul supporters to report newscasts and shows that fail to fairly cover Ron Paul. Once the shows are identified, their sponsors can be contacted with the promise of a lifetime boycott of their goods and services.

Imagine that you are a sponsor of the CBS Evening News. A story about the GOP field runs ignoring Ron Paul and the next day you receive 1,000 e-mails from Ron Paul supporters who promise to boycott your business for life unless 1) CBS News makes immediate corrections or 2) The advertiser pulls its sponsorship of CBS News. This might be followed up by picketing of businesses that don't see the light.

Most businesses assume that for every complaint they get, there are 10 or even 100 people who haven't written. 1000 emails in a day would set their hair on fire. One reason this tactic can be particularly effective is because most businesses are operating on the razor's edge of ruin as a result of the economic collapse. Even a small change in their gross income can make the difference in success or failure. In other words, we have leverage.

At this point, the web site is up and running - but not all features are implemented.

So what do you think? Would you commit to boycotting sponsors who support biased shows/newscasts? Do you think this is an effective approach? How many emails/letters are you willing to write each week to make this happen? I can imagine other tactics - such as dropping off receipts from competing businesses with a note saying, "I would have spent my money with you, but you support unfairness in campaign reporting". I'm sure the Ron Paul community can come up with even better ideas.

I invite discussion here. And be sure to sign up at http://boycotts4paul.com

Thanks!

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Addendum

At this point, it appears this topic has been fairly thoroughly covered. Many of the recent posts are simply rehashing items already addressed and are generally of the form of:

1) That won't work. (No reason given - just a negative opinion.)
Response: You're entitled to your opinion. Now go away - you're not helping.

2) Media has unlimited money and cannot be hurt by boycotts.
Response: That's why they have entire departments to round up sponsors and why they run so many ads. Because they don't need the revenue.

3) Why don't you do X instead?
Response: Why don't YOU do X? Seriously, if it's such a great idea, go ahead and DO it. We can get hundreds of people to stand around and say, "Somebody ought to do X" and they're collectively not worth the powder to blow them up. You want to count for something? YOU go do something.

4) This is a really great idea! I love it! Let's do it!
Response: Thanks. Just remember to follow through. And tell your friends.

5) I have a question about how this works? or I have an idea to make this even more effective.
Response: GREAT! Please let me know at kurt@boycotts4paul.com I can use all the help I can get!

Any further inputs of types 1-2... Save your virtual ink.
Type 3? Write up all the details of your idea, get people involved and get the project working - on another topic thread.
Type 4-5: Welcome aboard! And THANKS for the help!



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I already do it on my own.

I'm all in favor of expanding it.

However when it comes to the big networks and big corporate sponsors, the corruption and collusion is so tight that they don't care what happens, they are going to fund the network out of their pocket if they have to, because it is their means of propaganda.

But anything that can at least help put pressure on would be good.

Purchasing Power is one of

Purchasing Power is one of the most effective means to sway. I think it is RP main point in a free market (don't buy bad, dangerous, products, etc.) - govt does not need to be involved, let the market decide. It is working; look at Kelly Clarkson, Rush Limbaugh ratings, etc. I just signed up.

On the flip side, report which shows treat RP fairly...

and reward them.

Have you forgotten?

And you don't think it's going to happen again?

http://runronpaul.com/campaign-trail/flashback-remembering-h...

http://boycotts4paul.com

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Boycotts4Paul.com continues to grow...

The Christian Science Monitor apparently changed their story due to public pressure. I'm not sure it was a "clean" win (they seem to be equivocating), but we'll take it. Our numbers are still too small to send publishers screaming into the night - but we're getting bigger!

Keep up the good work - and remember - tell your friends!

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My feedback

Your idea is good but it is based on an untrue assumption.

The assumption that the media is controlled by advertising dollars. This is what they want us to believe but it is simply not true.

The media is controlled by the same elite that has taken over our Governments and the media's main and in effect only purpose is to brainwash, mislead and indoctrinate the people to follow the elite's idea of centralised controlled Government (controlled by them).

So the media will go against the message of freedom and liberty at any cost. They will always have enough money to continue their propaganda as they are owned by the people who also own the money system.

I do like your idea though, but for a different reason. All the emails would be noticed by employees working in the media and that may help them to wake up to the false reporting they are part of. I do think there are more effective ways, like becoming a delegate, take a role in vote counting and generally educating people you meet and know about the facts.

One would think this to be

One would think this to be very obvious.

The only way dollars will help in the media is if we spend it on national ads. newspaper, mail-outs and other forms of media we can directly pay for. The only media attention we can count on to be fair and unbiased, that isn't paid for will be the the alternative outlets that aren't controlled by MSM.

The best things I believe from a marketing standpoint to spend your time and energy on is contacting your local meet up group for Ron Paul and getting involved, donate money, form your own groups and so on.

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Once again...

... some good ideas. Please pursue them elsewhere. As I have said so many, many times before, this is a narrowly-crafted project requiring only 20 minutes a week of your time. With the remaining 10,060 minutes of the week, you can still go be a delegate, count votes, educate people, raise money and take tap-dancing lessons. Please let me know when you have one of those projects up and running.

As for the media not being controlled by advertising dollars - I think you're simply wrong.
Everything I've seen indicates that media is desperate for advertising dollars. Newspapers, already in decline due to obsolescence, are the hungriest. Next is probably local newscasts which always seem to be trying to find a reason to exist. And so on. The loss of sponsorship is always a big deal. If revenues did not matter, networks and news stations would not have entire departments dedicated to finding and securing sponsorship.

As I've already pointed out, the billionaires who have an opposing agenda are welcome to replace lost ad revenues with money out of their own pockets. After a while, they will be millionaires. Then they'll be broke. At some point it will occur to them that there are some battles they'd rather not fight.

I also, once again, invoke Hanlon's Razor. If you wish to edify yourself, find the reference elsewhere in this discussion.

I'm certainly open to fact-based counter argument - off line. But bring FACTS, not unsubstantiated opinion. kurt@boycotts4paul.com.

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Sorry about the input

I hope it works out for you.

I am for all ideas to promote the message of peace and liberty and more importantly I encourage everybody to follow their hearts and minds.

All the best and good luck.

Had the same idea

I have been thinking about the same thing KurtA. I was also thinking about taking it a step further and having people watch out for Ron Paul at speeches, debates, etc.. as in, watching for suspicious activity. Keeping eyes and ears open at the events. We need to watch out for the man that we want as our President. I started a facebook page about all of this a few days ago if you want to check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Ron-Paul-Security-Agency-RPSA/196210070431329

Let me know what you think or have any suggestions?

I also have no problems helping out with your site.

Remember the Rand Paul Head "Stomping"?

Let's be careful not to be overzealous with this. Remember the Rand Paul supporter who lightly tapped the lunatic who attacked Rand on the shoulder with his foot and the media turned it into a "head stomping" that caused a "concussion"? We can't go there. Even with Dr. Paul's pristine reputation they try to smear him. Imagine what would happen to his campaign if something like that happened again. Just please be careful with this, guys.

I Was Thinking - Does Dr. Paul Have a Smartphone App?

What better way to connect with young voters then for Congressman Paul to have his own portfolio of Iphone Apps?

How about Ron Paul Liberty Apps?

1. What is money App.
2. Why the Federal Reserve makes us all poor App.
3. Why the value of housing collapsed App.
4. Why jobs are scarce App.
5. Why big government is bad for the economy App.

These are just some ideas for those of us that are technologically savvy with writing smartphone Apps (I'm not).

I haven't heard of the other candidates doing this so maybe Dr. Paul can be the first one. We could market this as "Rock along with Ron Paul and learn the truth about what is going on in the nation" (or something like that).

What do you guys and gals think about this idea?

I think it's a great idea.

Could probably use a little polish. Don't know that an entire app to answer each question isn't overkill. But there's no doubt that there are people we could reach with something like this.

At the risk of being a killjoy, I have to say most of the idea has no application HERE on this thread (this being an intentionally highly focussed effort). But it does raise the possibility of different modes of communication. How many people would prefer to be notified of boycott info via text message? Is there something we could do along the lines of an app to make writing complaint letters easier?

What you've described would seem to be in the vein of informational presentations to help people understand how they've been screwed over, and by whom. Getting out that kind of information - and how to fight back - is always good.

You might want to look into developing web pages for smart phone formats. Putting together such pages is probably easier than you think. Get together with some tech people to develop a "push" approach to delivery, and you could be developing "Ron Paul News for Smartphones"!

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i am more inclined to believe

That a station like Fox Business or one of the networks would be more inclined to cover Paul if we reward support with our own advertisement. What if instead of a boycott we begin to reward stations by funding RP ads on tv and radio? One we expose we exist. Two we offer the network a new revenue stream. Three we combat bias and show our numbers. Best of all, the other campaigns will have a hard time competing with our dollars and will lose the battle of attrition if they make a similar attempt. Prove our support with great ads not an under the radar boycott.

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Already addressed...

See the comment thread beginning with "Voting with Dollars".

Media has all the loyalty of a heroin addict. If you give them $1 million today for ad buys this week, next week you'll need another million or their attitude will be, "What have you done for me lately?" In my gut, there's something inherently wrong with having to bribe media to obtain balanced coverage.

On the other hand, once a paying sponsor drops them, they will see a danger that is real and repeatable. Which makes a greater impression on you? Someone handing you $20? Or putting your hand on a hot stove?

Media knows what it is doing when it reports unfairly on Ron Paul. They are not innocent. What they need to learn is that irresponsible actions have consequences.

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please read

this great and helpful article

The Resistance of Mainstream Media and GOP Insiders to Ron Paul
http://www.dailypaul.com/168695/the-resistance-of-mainstream...

On Freedom Watch

The Judge just made a very profound statement that as the presidential campaign unfolds, it will become crystal clear who will be the only one to subscribe to the constitution. He probably has to be careful coming right out an endorsing a candidate, but he made a statement that said there will be no mistaking who is true.

The stars are lining up...

beephree

RON PAUL needs to WIN BIG!!!!

And we all need to MAKE it a "Randslide" of votes!!!!

When that day comes, close to his election.....The Militias will march into D.C. They will serve a foreclosure notice on the Federal Reserve. We will demand an utter end to the FDA and DHS & get our wishes. The major departments will be closed, bankers arrested.

We will get out of the U.N and finally tell the "International Federal Reserve", to step away and stay out of our way!

steps to fight MSM

1. Turn off Television

2. Do not purchase products that advertise on MSM that contradict your political principles.

3. Order tri-folds, bumper stickers, and signage for Ron Paul 2012.

4. Talk to everyone about Ron Paul.

5. Register Republican and get friends to do so as well, for the primaries.

6. Donate to the campaign.

7. Get trained as an activist at C4L.

8. Participate at your local republican caucus.

9. Become a delegate.

10. Ignore the media.

11. Ignore the media.

12. Ignore the media.

13. When $$$Dollars and Straw Poll Votes and Polls start showing Ron Paul is blasting his competitors, then:

14. Stroke the nice MSM ego and congratulate them for the good coverage.

It is good and effective to write editorials, blogs, responses to media, but ineffective to argue, coax or blast them. Be positive, but don't let them take your focus off of the prizes that will help get Ron elected: MONEY and VOTES.

This is a simple project...

... and what you propose is out of scope. Please take it to another thread.

While some of the things you've proposed are possibly useful on some level, I don't think ignoring the media is our best strategy.

ENGAGING the media is a better approach, and the most effective way to do that is to hammer their funding. Simply ignoring the media is the equivalent of an ostrich sticking its head in the sand (which I realize they don't actually do, but it's still a useful metaphor).

Just because you choose not to see the media doesn't mean it doesn't exist, nor does it mean that other people who don't yet support Ron Paul are going to fail to see it. Because media is so influential, we would be better served to influence media than to ignore it.

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and my simple point is

the only way to garner positive media attention is to win straw polls, gain delegacy, raise money and spread the good message.

engaging the media without the foot-work is fruitless. MAKING them have to report that Ron has raised $5 million dollars, won three straw polls, had a showing of 10,000 at one of his events - THAT is engaging the media.

It will take both

Trust me if one of my employees was causing my customers to make a statement such as "I will never come here again",It would be addressed immediately and soundly.More than a couple of times and this employee would be looking for work.The last thing I need is for one of my own creating a better business for my competitor.I know for a fact this will work,I have been doing it all my life.I cannot think of a reason why to not support this unless it will affect you directly in some way.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Media

But haven't you noticed, the media likes to downplay any straw poll victories Ron Paul runs away with (and most likely any future primary/caucus victories)? Last election ('08), the media spent loads and loads of time talking about 'front-runners' Giuliani, McCain, Clinton, Obama, and company...heck, anyone running for president as D or R...while avoiding at all costs talking about Ron Paul. Do you recall the complete and utter media blackout of Paul around and during Super Tuesday? This time around, Paul has been polling much much better (2nd or 3rd in some cases) and yet the media continues to mostly ignore him when possible.

Remember when we raised $6 million on one day last election? Well, the short-lived media attention didn't seem to help out Paul's candidacy too much...

And that's what this project boils down to...

When the Ron Paul campaign does something extraordinary, it should get the same coverage any other campaign would get for the same achievement. When Ron Paul has been arguing that the Iraq War is a bad idea from 2002 or before, having some Johnny-come-lately handed credit for the idea with no mention of Ron Paul reaching the conclusion 9 years earlier is simply wrong.

When Ron Paul wins a straw poll, pulls in a few million in campaign donations, wins an on-line poll - he should get the same coverage as any other candidate.

And when he doesn't, our options are limited. This project serves to amplify one of the more effective options: Punishing the people who have engaged in slanted coverage.

The incident that makes my blood boil was FOX excluding Ron Paul from a candidate round table while including candidates (Thompson) who were polling behind him and using the excuse that "there wasn't enough room in the studio."

One can look at the Republican field and tell some won't be there this time next year. Huckabee is already out. Trump was never in. Palin will either never enter, or exit early. Gingrich will be leaving shortly. Pawlenty will be on his last legs, if not already out. Bachman will have racked up enough negatives to make her campaign look tired. Huntsman won't be able to shake his affiliation with Obama. Santorum may still be around, but he'll be wobbly. Cain will be gone. Ultimately, the race will come down to Romney versus Ron Paul. Who wins depends on YOU!

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Become a Delegate!

That should be number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.

Winning this is easy! You occupy the roles needed to make the real decision! BECOME A DELEGATE! Get others that support Liberty to BECOME DELEGATES!

ON POINT

I am a delegate ;-)! and wrote about this in a post the last few days.

In 2008 I was in the thick of it...attended events, gave money, ghost wrote a few articles, passed out flyers, was on an email basis with several MSM wonks (Buchanan, Stossel, Harwood) and several magazine journalists. In addition, I was an am a moderator on two media-blog sites (on liberal and one conservative).

My observation and experience is that engaging the media has distinct limiting affect on the outcome of Ron Paul's candidacy. It is only becoming a delegate, financially supporting the campaign, winning polls, attending events, and specifically - targeting ripe voters that love freedom (regardless of party affiliation) that will gain the coverage. It is then that we need to engage the media, or now; IF there is a positive report.

Congratulate them, applaud them, thank them. MSM survives on two things: advertisement and ratings.

It is naive to think that bad-mouthing an article or attacking an author will result in something positive for the campaign. We will simply be labeled "fringe", "kooks", etc.

Some of really enjoy writing, debating, preaching. My humble suggestion is to try and put your ego aside, swallow your pride, have low expectations when it comes to the media, and use all of your love of freedom and Dr. Paul's message to focus on winning: 1. become a delegate (if it suits you), 2. Donate what monies you can 3. Purchase campaign materials and flood your area with them 4. Spread the message, 5. Attend events, 6. Vote

The rest is ancillary (but fun).

BP just wrote me back

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We appreciate your feedback and sincerely regret if our advertisement offended
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We need more people doing this, hold the money providers feet to the fire. Get it together!

I got something similar.

But to be honest, I felt kind of bad about sending them such a harsh message just because the show they sponsored didn't cover all the candidates like they should. There are more biased and unfair shows out there than this one (Bill O'Reilly anyone??)!

No doubt...

you are correct.

Still, if you think about the topic and what they actually covered, it's pretty clear they intentionally ignored Dr. Paul and that's what this is all about.

This project is still in its early phases, and there are features that are not yet implemented on the site... like submitting candidates for boycott and voting on boycotts. Once that's up, I expect there will be more submissions and probably better ones.

We'll also have more people participating. I'd rather smack O'Reilly's sponsors with 1000 emails than 200... but we have to start somewhere.

Thanks for sending an email. This project will only work if we get large numbers of Ron Paul supporters to actually make that 20 minute a week effort.

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