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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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Just checked...

Google appears to be reporting correctly through May 25. Presumably they've not posted May 26 because it's not over yet?

But the video is a great reminder of what Ron Paul is all about!

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Thank you. Jon & I noticed a technicality about quote usage.

Without quotes Ron Paul & Ran Paul reprot all three categories: 1) web trend, 2) media web trends & news links.

With quotes, (1) & (2) disappear.

Other candidates show all three categories irrespective of quotes. Something is amiss.

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what!? no!

quotes == only search index
No quotes == all indices

This may have been said before the help was read. Anyway. I'm pretty sure it's always been this way.

Just saying it here too.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Ah, the parentheses for multiple token (multi-word) strings.

After reading the Google/Trends help you linked, all clear.
http://www.google.com/intl/en/trends/about.html#6

    To see how many searches were done for either “snow boots” or “sneakers”, use parentheses around the multi-word term: (snow boots) | sneakers.

"When all else fails, read directions."

Thank you.

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For Google/Trends seems quotes are broken.

If only one term search is simple, e.g.: Paul = "Paul"

Multiple terms, e.g.: Ron Paul ≠ "Ron Paul" (be careful of terms)

Single terms, e.g.: Pawlenty = "Pawlenty" (no concern about quotes)

I pared down my Google/Trends forum to leave the good material. Stripped out the alarm. Thx.

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Okay...

This entire thread is really off-topic.

Can we get back to ideas on how to make the media play fair?

Thanks.

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They would get bailed out

They would get bailed out anyways.

Defeatism...

Has no place here.

If you have a better idea, please share it.

If you're just here to say we can't win... well, then, why are you here?

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Big stakes

The amount of dollars that the media might lose in advertising is a trifle compared to the countless billions that the owners of the media would lose if the US had honest money. The media owners have names like Soros and GE. They will not be intimidated by the prospect of boycotts.

The antidote for lies is not a ball gag. The remedy for lies is the Truth. We must create our own media and tell the truth.

The great masses of TV couch potatoes do not matter at this juncture anyway. Most do not and will not vote in primary elections. The people we must reach right now are those with enough sense to switch affiliation to Republican if need be, and enough motivation to become Ron Paul delegates, or at least vote for them in the primaries and caucuses.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Focus on what we CAN do.

Imagine a company - say Amazon.com - being buried in complaints about their support of a biased program. Is there any particular reason for them to maintain loyalty to a program that is costing them business? We only need to tip the equation so that switching their advertising to a DIFFERENT program makes sense for their business model.

Indeed, the remedy for lies IS the truth. And that's the focus of this effort... forcing the media to tell the truth.

The majority of couch potatoes watch TV. Right now, that TV is not telling them anything about Ron Paul. They are ignorant and asleep. If you do not think we can reach them through fair reporting on the Ron Paul campaign, how DO we reach them?

I am a veteran of the 2008 campaign. I spent the majority of a year working on the campaign. I heard lots of people with abstract concepts like, "We need to reach the people right now". And they were right as far as they went. But when asked for a practical, executable plan, they didn't have any ideas.

By the way, what's yours?

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Then and now

I do not argue that it is impossible to get advertisers to switch. My point is that no amount of lost advertising revenue would cause the owners of the large networks to change their propaganda about Ron Paul. GE owns 80% of NBC/CNBC. The revenue that GE gets from its media outlets is insignificant compared to the revenue they get from war materiel contracts. The reason GE owns networks is not to make money from advertising.

What is my plan for 2012? I do not know yet.

In 2007/2008, I was organizer for a Ron Paul meetup group. We organized one of RP's first big rallies (big for the time, that is). We made probably hundreds of banners. I and others canvased door-to-door trying to get people to register Republican and vote for RP in the primary. I gave talks at veterans' groups and GOP meetings. I made over 90 pro-RP youtube videos.

If I had it to do over, I would devote more time and energy trying to get an elected post in the local GOP.

My plans for this time around are up in the air, because I do not know what state I will be living in.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Great! Drive for a top GOP post ...

...during the other 1060 minutes of each week.

Just spend 20 minutes helping us change the nature of media reporting.

GE is not a monolithic block that we have to take on all at once. And if you don't think that television stations make their money by advertising, then you don't understand the business model. There are more than 20 national networks with about 2700 affiliates. Every affiliated station has a budget and every advertising dollar is important to them. We can hit any of the 20 national networks at the national sponsor level. Once our numbers are up, we can crush local affiliates as well.

News programs are struggling to remain relevant. That's why they serve up "infotainment". The idea is to get more viewers. That translates to higher ratings. Higher ratings mean they can charge more for advertising. The advertising dollar is the entire reason for their existence. Take away the sponsors and the house of cards collapses. If fewer sponsors sign up, they suffer. If no sponsors sign up, they die. It wasn't always this way. Back in the Huntley/Brinkley days, nobody thought of trying to make a profit on "news". Today, every show is seen as a profit center, and when it doesn't pull its own weight, it gets cut.

It's not just regular news, either. Where is Keith Oberman? Glenn Beck? Do you think there's a single radio/television personality out there who doesn't realize that their livelihood depends on ratings and ad revenue? Look at the abuse that Charlie Sheen dished out to his management. He thought he could get away with it because he knew that the network was making millions a week on the show. The final decision came down to "how much trouble is he to work with" and "how much money do we stand to lose"? It's all basic arithmetic. But it's ALL about the advertising dollar.

Just two closing thoughts:

  1. Isn't it worth 20 minutes a week to try this approach?, and,
  2. If you haven't tried it before, what makes you think it won't work?

Are you with us? Or against us?

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If you haven't already,

...you should post this proposition on other Ron Paul websites as well, like ronpaulforums.com, to spread the word.

Spread the word...

I did put a copy on RonPaulForums... but it's really up to YOU (and others) to spread the word if you think this is a good idea. As an individual, I might reach a couple hundred people.

But if each person here spread the word to a dozen other places and people, we'd hit 1,000+ in a few days.

As I've said before, I need LOTS OF HELP if this is going to happen. Most of the help involves little things like sending this thread's URL to people you know who might be interested and asking them to spread the word.

Do that, and we can make it happen.

But there is no way I can make this happen without your help.

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bump

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Voting With Dollars

I've always heard that the best way to get good coverage from a newspaper or TV is to become an advertiser with them.

Why not just raise money and buy the ads?

Better, yet, I'd like to see a grassroots effort to make ads, and a website that allows us to choose the ad we like (appropriate for our local voters) and run it on local cable.

It could be set up on the same system as the Blimp ads where each individual buys time and is therefore not contributing to the official campaign or participating in a reportable campaign contribution.

News organizations chase audience. If we create the public interest in Ron Paul, they will cover him.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Not enough money... yet

I guess that would work - if we had unlimited amounts of money.

Let me just float this idea and see what you think.

Option 1: We get 10,000 people to donate $100 each. That's a million bucks. I don't know how much advertising that buys, but it's not much. And when the money runs out, you've got nothing.

Option 2: We get 10,000 people to write 3 emails a week telling sponsors we're boycotting their products. And we DO boycott the products and we constantly remind them of this. We do that for 3 months. That's roughly 360,000 emails telling sponsors to get the outfits they're sponsoring to play fair. 36 sponsors. 10,000 emails each. Plus however many "reminders" get sent out.

Which has the bigger impact? Which effect do you think would be longer lasting? Which do you think would scare the heck out of any broadcaster considering a smear attack on Ron Paul?

Not to say there can't be a carrot and stick approach - but I think I'd favor buying advertising on networks that are ALREADY reporting fairly on Ron Paul. Until we get that attitude adjusted, I think we have to use our strength, which is in the number of bright and energized people supporting Ron Paul. I wouldn't predict success in trying to bribe our way into the good graces of the media. Seriously, Romney raised $10 million in one day. I don't think we can compete with that until we get a LOT more people on board... and I don't think we can get enough people on board until Ron Paul is getting fair coverage.

Of course, if you're got $50 million to toss into the pot... go crazy!

Remember, they expect Obombya to come up with $1000 million, so if the media is available to the highest bidder, we've probably already lost. I think we have to play to our strength - which is people power.

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Boycotts

Boycotts are the commercial equivalent of pouting. At least, that's how they usually seem to me.

Suppose the sponsor is a drug called "happyjuice" and they claim to cure depression. The drug company has to know that all these e-mails are not coming from people whose doctors prescribed them happyjuice.

In other words, if they have reason to believe that they're not losing very much business, why would they drop their advertising which is bringing in more business?

All advertisers must expect these kind of threats periodically. It's not violence, but it's still a threat, and most people and the companies they represent don't respond well to threats.

I think you underestimate the amount of money available for buying advertising. If we can raise $6 million in one day for general use by the campaign, and how much for a blimp? I would think there is much more than that available to run an ad on my local cable network where I can see the ad I paid for, and be sure my neighbors see it, too.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Select the targets CAREFULLY

Of course sponsors aren't going to abandon shows if they think the danger to their bottom line is not real. That's why we need to pick sponsors where the threat IS real. Targets where we have the most leverage.

Suppose instead of "happyjuice" we went after Bayer Aspirin? Now there are lots of alternatives to Bayer -not just dozens of other kinds of aspirin, but alternative pain relievers. You don't think Bayer would sit up and take notice of 10,000 people contacting them to complain and threatening to switch to XYZ aspirin? If I'm handling the PR for Bayer, I'm going to have to think: "This is a lot of people who are really upset about this show. Maybe we don't want to be associated with this show anymore."

The effect can be even greater in LOCAL advertising. Suppose your local Toyata dealer is the target. You don't think they're going to pay attention to hundreds of emails from people in the locality who swear they will NEVER do business with them if they continue sponsorship of the show and the unfairness continues? Or how about a fun one - your local run-off-at-the-mouth lawyer. Think he's going to like his staff having to sort through thousands of emails complaining about a show they're sponsoring?

Of course, the way we get to hundreds or thousands of LOCAL emails is by building a network of thousands (or tens or hundreds of thousands) nationwide.

Finally, there's nothing stopping you from raising money to buy ads or rent a blimp. DO IT! Spend 1060 minutes a week on that effort if you like. Just save 20 minutes a week to help us bring fairness to campaign reporting. OK?

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I love your idea.

I boycotted FOX in 2008, actually I boycotted cable, lol. If you can get the exposure and present it in an easy to use site that is very organized, I think it could have an impact. Tie in the social networks.

Create smart phone apps that people could pull up in a store. Create an email from the app that would send to the sponsors a quick note every time you rejected their product. You also need to link all products a company owns under different names. I think people would use it.

If you could include the CEO as an e-mail recipient I think it would have a greater effect. The closer to the top the greater the effect.

Now that's HOT!

One of the things I thought we could do is have a list of boycotted items and alternatives. So when you go to the store, you can pull up the list and if Brand-X laundry soap is on the list, we can also suggest Brand-Y or Brand-Z. Your idea of a phone app takes it one further. Could you imagine doing your shopping, clicking on Brand-X and Brand-Y and having your phone send a text message that says, "I'm standing in the ZZZ Supermarket, and I just bought Brand-Y instead of your Brand-X because you support CBS News' unfair coverage of the 2012 Presidential election."

WOW!

Not only do you put them on notice with the first boycott letter, but every time you shop, you hammer the stake in a little deeper, constantly reminding them of what they're losing.

A company that starts getting a few thousand emails a month with THAT message would have some SERIOUS reevaluating to do. Remember, the only reason they sponsor ANY show is to get you to buy their product, and if they have thousands of examples every month of lost business BECAUSE of their sponsorship, it won't take long for them to make changes.

As for getting the exposure - that's up to YOU!

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Right and we could amp it up by

offering coupons for competing products, if that can be done right now. I think it can.

ANOTHER great idea!

An app that not only identifies an item to boycott, but a competing product as well AND provides a coupon for a lower price!??

Probably never would have thought about that.

I knew bringing this idea to the DailyPaul was the way to go. With ideas like this (and enough people) - how can we lose?

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Thanks,

I have a lot of faith in the synergy of the Ron Paul movement and by that I am in no way referring to myself, I am blown away and in awe by the ideas that surface, to me it is the true expression of brilliance.

I myself do not have any resources but will gladly contribute what I can if required, assuming I am in a positioned to do so. Like I said, I think you have something, something I wanted to put my finger on, but didn't. I think this can become a force to be reckoned with, it could be a game changer this time around and help change the future. Nothing would make me happier except for maybe aliens descending and removing all the social-paths (I kid, I kid.)

YOU are the resource

As I've said, I don't think we win by throwing money at the issues. I think we win by involving people.

If you're a people, then you're a potential resource, and you can probably help more than you think you can. Can you spend 20 minutes a week sending out emails? Do you know anyone who might be convinced to spend 20 minutes a week to help drive fairness in the media? Can you tell your friends about this? Spread the word?

Last time around, we had lots of people pulling in many different directions. We'll have that this time too. But I'd really like to see at least one effort where everyone pulls in the same direction - if only for 20 minutes a week.

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Another thought.

Why stop at corporations. You could also include politicians. You know the ones who vote behind our back. The app could remind us who had our best interest and give "we the people" a way to give then the boot. Every time they piss us off, it sends an email telling them how they lost our vote in the next election.

Hope this helps.

Sure I get that,

and BTW 20 minutes a day might be more realistic, especially in the heat of the election. I don't think people would have a problem with that. Last election I would have immediately went to your proposed site and done something. After some of the things that occurred I needed to vent.

Nothing says...

... you can't do more!

I'm looking for a minimum commitment of 20 minutes a week. Under the approach I've suggested, we'd vote on the top three offenders and ALL agree to take 20 minutes to hammer them. Of course, if you wanted to take on a 4th or 5th or 20th target, so much the better. I just don't want people thinking that this has to be a huge commitment. It's not. But if you want to do more - go for it.

BTW, there will certainly be need for people to do research, to identify sponsors, to chase down contact information and to create videos of the offending actions - so for those with a desire to "do more" - I'm sure we can help provide ways to "vent".

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So have you decided on whether to do it or not?

 

If we hit 1000 people...

I WILL build the web site.

If we can't even get 1,000 people to sign up, there's no point in wasting my time. I figure it will take about 200 hours to put this site up - and probably 10 hours a week to maintain it (at least in the early going).

It's a real challenge because everyone has their own ideas of the "best thing to do". But I'm hoping they'll be able to wrap their heads around the idea that they can do anything else they want - all we need to make THIS project work is a commitment of 20 minutes a week.

I've just finished sending out emails to the 600+ Ron Paul supporters who signed up on my web site during the 2008 campaign. It's a start. But YOU need to tell YOUR friends, put a notice on Facebook, tweet about it, talk it up, mention it in the meetup groups, send a notice to everyone in your email address book and help build the numbers.

This will not happen unless YOU get involved... and that includes making (appropriate) references to this thread in other areas of the Daily Paul and other pro- Ron Paul sites.

Fair enough?

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