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Why Is a CBS News Anchor Scoffing at Blowback and Diplomacy?

The Atlantic | Monday, November 28, 2011
Conor Friedersdorf

The sneering contempt that Bob Schieffer shows Ron Paul in the interview above is something to behold. Watch it yourself, for words can't do his dismissive manner justice. But a mere transcript of the exchange is enough to show what the CBS newsman gets wrong on the merits, and to lay bare a bias in his purportedly objective journalism. As you read, ponder what is, in this case, an interesting question: What sort of bias is at work here?

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Total disrespect

Not Dr.Paul, not Congressman Paul but called Dr. Paul Mister Paul repeatedly. What a schmuck!

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

Please understand this

It's not Shieffer. It's the CBS suits, who are beholden to the CFR who directed his questions. The CFR is out to get Dr. Paul and the Shieffer interview, on the heels of the CBS 89 second debacle is a little evidence.

We can count on the media further marginalizing Dr. Paul, esp since now CFR-member Gingrich is taking the spotlight.

Is it fair? Hardly. But the CFR is pretty much all-powerful these days.

Bob Schieffer really didn't know what hit him!

Watching this for the fifth time, it's so obvious that the Schieffer arguments were so droll, trite, pap, and tired and that he truly believed they would so simply overpower Dr. Paul such that there would be no need for followup. When Dr. Paul lambasted each and every argument it became clearer and clearer that Mr. Schieffer was unable to follow up and in way over his head. HONESTY IS DISARMING!

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Thanking the author and The Atlantic

I just left a thank you to them on their website and invite others to do the same. Think it helps if they realize we are watching and are appreciative of their fair reporting.

Sweet Liberty

His brother Tom is Bush's friend

Tom Schieffer - friend of George W. Bush, investor in Texas Rangers, served as President of Rangers for 8 years while Bush was co-owner and later W. made him the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.


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This is but a tiny example of the whole network of betrayal. Show me ONE example of Ron Paul's connection to the Establishment.

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because that is what his "handlers" told him to do. These TV news people are "personalities" unto themselves, they are the story. C the BS. Kill your television get online take control of the media, stop allowing these "talking heads" (morons) to ruin your day tune them out. Ron Paul...the peoples choice. RP2012

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012

We have 12,000 diplomats; I'm suggesting we use some of them.

HAHAHAHAH. Owned. So good. I literally laughed when I heard that.

Paul always rocks foreign paul-icy questions. He should give more details about the budget stuff though. (People hear 'close 5 departments' and freak out. RP needs to explain the transitioning/phasing out of the less offensive programs so that the average individual (who lets face it will never read any campaign literature that explains exactly what will be done) doesn't get spooked by that.

People are waking up...!

This was a very fair and insightful article from The Atlantic again pointing out the very media bias we've been claiming for years...but now "THEY" are seeing it too!

I'm telling you, people are waking up...!

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It is so good to see the masks worn by a few

of the media blowhards being ripped off. We can hope this will diminish their credibility with their honest peers, serve as a warning to their dishonest peers, and alert a growing section of the public.

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Peace, commerce and honest friendship...

"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations--entangling alliances with none." -- Thomas Jefferson

The comment about national parks reminds me of the Slick Willie administration's action(s) to put the Kaiparowits Plateau of Utah under international control(U.N.?). My suggestion: If folks want to preserve any of these lands from change, best to invest in local land trust(s) of your choice and/or LOCAL government control.

Nobody said change for the better comes easy, or going against the grain of big government establishment.

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Is this

a replay? I swear I have seen this before, Like a week ago.


It was Sunday before Thanksgiving. The article was just discussing it.

I believe it is a replay, but

I believe it is a replay, but the article at the Atlantic is new and references the video.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

The Old Guard will Die Hard

The establishment will try anything to keep power and head toward a NWO. These anchors have been around for a long time espousing the brainwashing tactics that is on display in this video. The new guard which are the hordes of young people following Ron Paul eventually will change the system via the Ron Paul Revolution. The Internet is the power that will eventually overtake the MSM and recondition the mindset of a new generation of voters and patriots. These people that are holding on to the oppressive NWO will die hard but not before a long fight of the minds and hearts of the American patriots. Ron Paul 2012


old/dying media thrashing about like a dinosaur in a tar pit

a death has never been so beautiful

Bring more tar!

Interesting, the impression I

Interesting, the impression I got from watching this was that whoever was engineering the audio on Ron's side was screwing with the levels or something, because Ron was talking far too loud, almost as if he was not sure if Scheiffer could hear him. Because the audio was messed up, he had to respond in a shrill manner. This is the kind of BS that a qualified technician on Ron's side would be able to compensate for, or at least allow Ron to adjust his own audio level during these interviews.

I noticed audio manipulation too

It's like CBS tweaked the pitch of Ron so he sounded a little high-pitch and mousy at times.

good job RP

good job RP

Because ignorance is bliss?

Blowback: The Cost and Consequences of American Foreign Policy http://www.ecclectica.ca/issues/2003/1/baker.asp

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Glad to see articles published about Schieffer's performance.

Excellent - thanks for posting!

Why Is a CBS News Anchor Scoffing at Blowback and Diplomacy?

Because he gets paid to, and because that's the way he truly feels.

You only get to have a visible job at CBS and the others if you have pledged allegiance to statism.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford