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Ron Paul "Taken Aback" by Callousness of Tea Party Crowd

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a doctor, was asked a hypothetical question by CNN host Wolf Blitzer about how society should respond if a healthy 30-year-old man who decided against buying health insurance suddenly goes into a coma and requires intensive care for six months. Paul--a fierce limited-government advocate-- said it shouldn't be the government's responsibility. "That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks," Paul said and was drowned out by audience applause as he added, "this whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody…"

"Are you saying that society should just let him die?" Blitzer pressed Paul. And that's when the audience got involved.

Several loud cheers of "yeah!" followed by laughter could be heard in the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds in response to Blitzer's question.

You can watch the exchange below via CNN-- the clip begins at the 23:30 mark:

Paul disagreed with the audience on that front. "No," he responded, noting he practiced medicine before Medicaid when churches took care of medical costs--a comment that drew wide audience applause. "We never turned anybody away from the hospital."


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Inaccurate Headline

Hey, bobby, here's some advice on headlines:

1. Speak for self,
a) avoid a reporter's words
b) avoid thinking for who you're writing about; avoid editorializing
2. Describe, using subject, verb and object
3. Avoid quotes in headlines. If you do, though, be sure your source said what you're about to quote him saying. Also, italicized words can mean quoted material but italics could denote emphasis. Distinguishing between these two styles, quotation marks and italics, is up to the publication's publisher and editors. Usually usages go into a style guide (see below), making such a guide called a usage and style guide. Commonly, usage refers to grammar and style refers to presentation.

In headlines, if you're using words from a publication to project a perception, cite source before using those words, as in:

Yahoo News: Congressman Paul Taken Aback....
Yahoo News Reporter said....

The colon requires no quotation marks because it designates what was written. Furthermore, what distinguishes colon use from using quotation marks is consistency, that is, consistency in style.

Readers of a publication come to know the style their publication uses. If doubt exists, however, use the style that makes clear what was said. How to extinguish doubt in writing style is up to the members of the publication, of course, hence a style guide. Such a guide consists of preferences on presentation and of course it can be updated when suitable.

Now, on to your headline.

1. Did Yahoo's reporter write Ron Paul was taken aback?
2. If not, are the words taken aback your words? If so, how do you know Ron was taken aback? Why would you apply that description to Ron; what's to say he wasn't surprised, shocked or any other similar adjective? To avoid editorializing, use subject-verb-object sequence.

Crowd Boos after Congress Paul says U.S. Foreign Policy Instigates Muslim Retaliation

subject: crowd
verb: boos
object: congressman paul

Bobby, I've noticed many of your postings go to DP's front page. Because they make it there, whether they're copy-and-paste jobs or your compositions, it's imperative that you, a main contributor, know usage and style. One reason is clarity, a factor in quality. I don't know if you are a culprit on the following but I thought writing about it brifly would be helpful, also:

Write out United States when no proper noun follows.
1. The United States military occupies....
2. The United States leads in....

If a proper noun follows, use U.S.
1. U.S. President Ron Paul
a) On Tuesday President Ron Paul....
subsequent uses:
b) ...President Paul advises House republicans to....
c) Bobby is going to hold a turkey roast for the president Thursday.
2. U.S. Constitution
3. U.S. Postal Service
4. U.S. Navy (Army, Marines or Air Force)

Also, use this sequence when writing about when and where an event is scheduled to happen: time, date, place (TDP).
The roast is at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Marriot Hotel.

Overall, bobby, you do a good job. My words here are meant to encourage you. If you have questions about what I wrote here or have questions at any other time, I welcome you to ask me them. Other than that, keep up the good work, bobby.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Thank You ABBA. Great Points

Yes the headline is inaccurate. Right in the linked article it states, "I was a bit taken aback by that myself," Perry told NBC News. So Perry should be the name in the headline for accuracy. I think some people just try to sensationalize so they get more hits on their threads.

Headline Sensationalization on the DP


I agree with you that some DPers sensationalize to get their posts visited and given pluses. That's sad. I hope that's not the case pertaining to bobby. From him, I hope ignorance is at hand. But I think you're right about some DP posters. Although, I would say many, not just some, DPers sensationalize their posts' headlines.

About bobby, I noticed he made another error. He stated the crowd was callous. In bobby's instance here and in any other instance by whomever, what's correct to do is simple: Say what happened.

It's unwise to pass judgement, that is, to use adjectives and adverbs, on people you're writing about when the article is a report, not a column. Melding those composition types is a mistake because one man's perception that X behaved A (read: a subjective condition) is another man's perception X behaved B (read: a subjective condition).

When reporting, it's best to use simple language. It's best to be objective. This quality, objectivity, allows the who the reporter is writing about to tell his story, thereby allowing the reader to conclude what he will about that person. Simple, clear language almost always consists of nouns, pronouns and verbs with minimal use of adjectives and adverbs.

Using adjectives and adverbs instead of nouns, pronouns and verbs to describe what happened is a chief characteristic between substance and superficiality, between good writing and poor writing -- between leading the reader and, what allows the reader to make up his mind and what I think is scarce in media, reporting to the reader.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Ron was spot on

it is called the conditioning of life surroundings.
We depend on what we know or what were brought up upon.
You depend on governemnt, there is no need to look elsewhere.

It is obvious the government can't even run itself. What they now do not want to pay back, is now called entitlements. No longer, a trust fund. A fund that was always solvent untill they stole the funds and now do not want to pay it back.
A government that wants to cheat it's own people should get an F rating.

Perry... not Paul

The article says Perry was taken aback, not the doc. It does say Paul disagreed with the audience.

I don't listen to an audience

it is TOO easy to have paid infiltrators who will boo or applause on command. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MESSAGE and CRITICAL Thinking by the listener. Ignore the audience.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Plus the guys in the control booth controls loudness and the

"laugh" Track.

Free includes debt-free!

Correct, quilting. :)

Correct, quilting. :)

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

If we rate the debate based

If we rate the debate based on audience applause, Ron Paul wins yet again.

I actually made note of each time the audience applaused during that debate. I only counted significant applause and not very minor applause that quickly goes away. Also, I did not count applause to jokes about Obama, either, simply because any of them on stage could have jokes about Obama receive applause plus the jokes really tell us nothing about the candidate.

Anyhow, after tallying the rounds of applause during the debate I came up with the following:

Ron Paul: 19 times applauded
Michelle Bachmann: 13 times
Rick Perry: 11 times
Mitt Romney: 10 times
Herman Cain: 10 times
Newt Gingrich: 9 times
Rick Santorum: 9 times
John Huntsman: 5 times

In addition, there were some boos:
Ron Paul: 2 times while correcting Santorum on why we were attacked
Rick Perry: 1 time when it was mentioned that he had given tuition subsidies to children of illegal immigrants
John Huntsman: 1 time when he said it was a treasonous comment for Rick Perry to say that you could not secure the border

Anyhow, it definitely seems based on applause that the audience is in Ron Paul's favor! :-)


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Those people in the audience

Those people in the audience who shouted "yeah" meaning let the 30 year old die without insurance must be part of the Rick Perry crowd who cheered at the overwhelming number of his state executions. I felt the crowd was with Dr. Paul on most of his responses except the Palestinian/Islamic reference when he was boo'd. It's interesting to analyse this because his foreign policy is well known. Why would tea party crowd in Florida boo Dr. Paul's stand on this. Is this a "support Israel" only crowd?

This is when I have to find

This is when I have to find the most positive and morally-sound aspect of this campaign and ONLY focus on it. These tactics of trying to marginalize the TRUTH can overwhelm me sometimes.

what comes across

is that Ron Paul was supporting alternative health and the cheers were by individuals .... having nothing to do with Ron Paul. BUT what is HUGE in this article is the audacity of Rick Perry to say we are a party of life - we should support saving lives or something like that - OH REALLY? Mr. Bragadocious about killing record number on individuals in your death penalty. Also, you who supports all these wars - Party of Life? Really?

Ron Paul is the only one up there truly Pro Life.