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CBS Writes Unconscionable Hit Piece In Covering Ron Paul's Victory - Our Boycott in Response

This is truly pathetic. It is about as low as we've seen one of the major networks stoop in their coverage of Dr. Paul--and this isn't even TV coverage (which, compared with the online content is usually the worse of the two). Note how ridiculously baseless the charges are and the inflammatory headline (trending # 3). Also notice that they even resorted to such shameless tactics as picking out a one-line, incoherent sentence from Dr. Paul--a complete departure from the usual standards of respectable journalism, where a journalist either inserts brackets [eg, 'any more', in this case)] or simply takes license to correct grammatical errors (which are frequently encountered in any verbal dialogue) which look awkward writing.

I have to say, this is so unconscionable (& infuriating) that we should organize some sort of organized boycott in response, not only for this but other similar smears (which will only pick up in the coming months). Maybe something along the lines of writing & announcing a boycott of various networks (or individual reporters), at least for a limited time. Perhaps we could even play one media outlet off another--one network (say MSNBC, with allies like Dylan Ratigan) just might give in & report a story about about a competitor (say CNN) being boycotted by all of Paul Nation for unbalanced coverage (especially when it's so blatant!). We'd have to create a site with a few hundred thousand names (think of our 500K+ Facebook fans) for it to really deliver a punch, but it could work. The site could list the obvious examples, which would be embarrassing for the network if publicized with analysis.

I didn't used to think writing networks & complaining about coverage did much, but if we organized & had an overwhelming email backlash in addition to a group boycott it could really make them reevaluate their behavior.

We can't always depend on Stewart to point this trash out (as a side note, someone ought to send this to him). We need to start taking names and holding them accountable.

Thoughts?

The article: "Did Ron Paul Stuff the Ballot Box?"
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20117696-503544.html?...

Update: someone is on top of it: http://boycotts4paul.com



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Marginally?

Extremely.

Pottawattamie County Iowa

"Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven't had capitalism." -Dr. Ron Paul

How about a group request

to have our money refunded? Personally, I find it very insulting for Perkins to even comment about 600 people registering on Saturday morning and then "dissipating". Let them prove they were all Ron Paul supporters. I saw a lot of Santorum's people there on Saturday that were NOT there on Friday, contrary to seeing and speaking with many, many RP supporters upon my arrival at 1 PM on Friday and throughout the day and evening. Rick Santorum spoke on Friday, and perhaps many of his supporters could not get there to vote for him until Saturday. They should have to PROVE their allegations!

"Nothing is as it appears; everything is smoke and mirrors"

Well, in a way, he DID "stuff

Well, in a way, he DID "stuff the ballot box!" Nearly 40% of those voting were voting FOR HIM! In the 5 years I have supported this man, anytime an event of competition, or general support (local, state or national), there was ALWAYS a STRONG PRESENCE for Ron Paul! I am starting to think that this will have to happen by a show of force in physical numbers. Not violently, but just sheer numbers. They could say it's raining and the sun shines bright...it just takes the most on-hand to collectively show the lie.

The one boycott I tried that got results

Fox News' local outlet was kind enough to list their advertisers, so I did not even have to watch the station to call them all, one by one, and tell them I would no longer shop their stores, since they chose to spend their advertising dollars on a station that was deliberately twisting our political process. I was polite, firm, knew my facts, and expected nothing. However, I was right up front and gave folks my name and number if they wanted it. After a few days, the station manager got in touch with me and said he would try to get more unbiased coverage. That was my big victory. I never got that "more unbiased coverage" but I did get the station manager's attention.

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Wow! Great START!

Now imagine what would happen if 100 people did that?

1000?

10,000?

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No

So you want as large a group as possible to stop talking up Dr.Paul?

Bullshit.

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No DS

I want as large a group as possible...

... oh never mind. Pearls before swine.

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You're not casting pearls Kurt

That boycott idea is about one of the worst I've seen in a while so no I'm not interested and I hope people realize what a bad idea it is at this moment.

Wanna do it after he gets elected? You'll have my support. Until that day, we need to be on their sites regardless of the hit pieces.

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Here is what I love

They said after ron spoke the ron paul supporters all left without hearing the others (as though them talking would switch us off of Ron).

that shows how sad they are

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The whole world is watching.

Don't they know?

The whole world is watching the way the media manipulates and, further, how they are manipulated.

The whole world is watching via the internet and other alternative free media.

Funny. They are cocooned into themselves. By focusing on the inept masses and controlling them they failed to see the coming airwave of intellectualism.

That is, the pursuit of intellect. This pursuit has, since before 1963, slowly destroyed their credibility.

Exponentially, now, the world is watching them fail.

Ron Paul
2012

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Ignorant, ignorant people

afraid to acknowledge a truly honest and moral man. Anyone who has done ANY serious research on Ron Paul would know he's not even capable of such behavior. How pathetic, how sad for our country, how totally typical of the blind corruption of our media, who seem incapable of comprehending real authenticity in a politician. Tragic. GO, DR PAUL!

Oh, and yes, apply pressure to CBS and others to wake up and die right.

Nothing comes to those who wait.

I love it!

They are in full panic mode! Let's turn up the heat!

Consider sticking around?

I have no idea what really happened there, but if it's true that people could show up for Dr. Paul and then leave, I might suggest a different tactic at other straw polls. Stick around and hear what the others have to say (as painful as that might be!) and show some respect in the name of Dr. Paul -- but like I said I don't know if people really did leave after voting and if they did this is probably a flaw in the process, as I think it would be foolish not to have the vote at the end of the day, assuming the whole event is supposed to be a chance for people to listen to candidates and THEN make up their minds... Not sure how these straw polls work now suddenly...

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CBS = Communist Broadcasting

CBS = Communist Broadcasting Network.

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Hahaha! That is good!

Boycott time for the propaganda machines disguised as "news".

Debbie

no... instead...

BOYCOTT THEIR SPONSORS!

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Thanks, I signed up for this - great idea!

We need to be organized to get this done!

Debbie

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the establishment's conspiracy theory

we are probably the only ones who are NOT cheating in polls and elections.

nr

Stuffing the Ballot Box?

So when I change my party affiliation to that of Republican even though I have been a Democrat for the last 32 years and then cast a vote in California's primary presidential election for Dr. Paul, will that be stuffing the ballot box too?

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according

to the establishment hacks yes you are manipulating the vote.

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steam rolling, baby!

from a guy who lived in cali back in the 60's (i was 12) to a guy who has lived there forever (my dream) this is why i say we are steamrollin, baby!

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It's good to see the article comments

are very pro-Paul and savvy about media bias.

I got a reply!

Ms. Boerma,
Maybe you are new at reporting, but there is no excuse for even your slight indirect slander of a perfectly innocent man. There is no way that frontrunner Ron Paul organized any stuffing or otherwise unfair voting. Is that what you have insinuated here with your title? This is beyond believe that you would show this extreme bias toward one of the most honest congressman in Washington. Please try to make up for this huge mistake in your next article about the good doctor.
Lindsey reply:James and Linda,
Thanks for the note. I actually didn't say or imply that Ron Paul stacked the poll; Mr. Perkins did. I was reporting what he said. The headline on my article was perhaps a bit suggestive, but I don't write the headlines.
Please remember not to shoot the messenger!
Lindsey

reasonnow

I like to know who did the headline then

I like to know who did the headline then

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In other words, she was "just following orders". She has NO

responsibility for what she reports. I would not waste my time with these media parasites.

Debbie

Sore Losers

The organizers are just a sore losers, whining because apparently their chosen favorite(s) lost. They are just throwing a hissy fit in a very unsportsmanlike manner. The only thing their little outburst reveals is their cry-baby juvenile attitude.

The organizers whine because Dr. Ron Paul was able to motivate and muster up enough enthusiastic supporters to take a day away from their lives just to vote for their candidate in a straw poll that in actuality determines nothing. Isn’t that exactly what a straw poll is intended to measure? Who has the largest number of supporters that are enthusiastic, devoted, dedicated, motivated enough to spend money and take an entire day out of their lives to show up and vote for their favorite in a straw poll? Isn’t this exactly what they praise all the other candidates for doing when they poll well in a straw poll. Isn’t that precisely what the media gloated over Bachmann for doing at Ames this year; and how about Romney in 2007 who paid for supporters tickets himself and bussed people in his luxury buses and gave them free clothing, food, and gifts? How the media at the timed fawned over his “on the ground” organization skills and “grass roots” support.

Yes, this article tells us something, but what it tells us is simply that organizers complaining and throwing a temper tantrum because their candidate(s) lost are just unsportmanlike, unchivalrous, whiny, immature, sore losers.

Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
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Ok this a CBS/National Journal

Ok this a CBS/National Journal article. Contact National Journal as well http://www.nationaljournal.com/

Boycott CBS later-campaign now

Is it media bias when they report that our guy won and then talk with Cain's people or about the Romney/Mormon/Christian thing? Yes. But we need to be out with slimjims or forwarding Dr. Paul's excellent speech to evangelicals and older folks so they can know the truth. And the truth will make them free!

My back and forth with the article's author...

I tried to be polite and curb the intensity of my critique in an attempt to actually get through to Lindsey but she seems to miss the point I'm trying to make... did anyone else get a similar response if they contacted her? Also, was there a different approach I could have taken to make my argument more concrete or do you think this was an exercise in futility?

Lindsey,

While in recent weeks I have gotten more familiar with Dr. Paul's stances and begun to think he has what it takes to be President, I do not consider myself to be a Ron Paul Activist, Ron Paulian, or whatever the media is calling his die hard supporters. But I do think that these straw polls are supposed to be about which candidate can get the largest show of support. So if you are going to write an article which suggests a "fix" was in, there is an implication that someone cheated, did something illegal, or that no other candidate was allowed to do. This is of course patently untrue as there is no evidence to suggest anything illegal occurred.

So what if 600 people did show up to see Ron Paul speak and vote for him and then leave? How can we know if those we're "Ron Paulians" or more typical value voters who could not spend the time or money necessary to stay and listen to politicians and talking heads they may find boring, old school, or dishonest? More importantly, why should the sincerity of a candidate's supporters be used against him to diminish an important victory?

So I'm appealing to you on a personal basis to please treat articles regarding Ron Paul honestly and without the spin the rest of mainstream news cannot seem to avoid. Because he does bring something new and different to the table, and whether or not you agree with his ideas or think he is crazy, there are many people who appreciate the new discourse Ron Paul and his "looney" ideas are at the source of. I am one of the many Americans who likes the direction the conversation is going.

Good luck in your future articles, and thank you for considering my input.

Patrick

Lindsey Boerma to me

show details 7:12 PM (17 hours ago)

Hey Patrick,

Thanks for the note. I actually didn't say or imply that Ron Paul stacked the poll; Mr. Perkins did. I was reporting what he said. The headline on my article was perhaps a bit suggestive, but I don't write the headlines.

Please remember not to shoot the messenger!

Lindsey

Pat to Lindsey

show details 10:19 PM (14 hours ago)

Lindsey,

Thanks for taking the time to follow up so quickly. It means a lot, you could have just ignored or deleted a critical message. I would like to respond, hopefully you're not too busy to have a read.

I know you didn't directly state that Ron Paul stacked the poll, however you did assert that "Paul has a history of scoring unlooked-for straw poll wins by packing the electorate with diehard supporters" in the context of someone else stating that Ron Paul may have stacked the poll. To me this creates an overall narrative of Ron Paul unjustly taking a victory and implies that the RP campaign itself drove hundreds more participants to the event than any other candidate did. And if you are asserting that "Paul has a history" of "packing the electorate" I wonder why the statistic of how many straw poll tickets the Ron Paul campaign actually paid for versus how many tickets the other campaigns paid for is not present in the article. I assume it is because it either did not support your argument or it was unknown. I could be wrong, but why then not include it if you went through the trouble to look it up?

I appreciate your perspective that you were simply being a messenger, but to me the journalist exists to inform the public, not to convince them and the angle and approach of your article appear intended to do more swaying than informing.

I realize you have a lot of work to do, but appreciate very much you taking the time to dialogue with me about your article. It is easy to criticize when I have never been in your situation or had to write for a large audience.

Thanks for your work following the campaign,

Patrick

Lindsey Boerma to me

show details 12:08 AM (12 hours ago)

Hey Patrick-

Really all I can say on this front is that you're not always going to like or agree with the things you read about the people you admire and respect. For me, personally? I really like Congressman Paul. I've worked closely with him on the Hill and find his unassuming nature a breath of fresh air. But I've also had the opportunity to see Paul in many different settings and many different straw polls. His campaign certainly does have a reputation -- justified or not -- for busing in supporters (note: the word "history" in place of reputation was made in editing, out of my hands); Rick Santorum verified that in his chat with me yesterday.

I'm not saying I think it's true, I'm not saying Paul didn't legitimately deserve to win the straw poll. I'm saying Perkins suggested his supporters stacked it, and Paul's campaigns have for whatever reason developed a reputation for that. Informing the public of context, from everything I know, is all I can do. And no matter what I say or which "angle" I take, there will always be people who disagree. Sorry it's you this time! :)

-Lindsey