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URGENT: It Appears Ben Swann Needs Our Help

Daily Paul Members,

It has become very clear over the past few days that something has happened with Ben Swann. All of his Reality Check videos have been taken down from YouTube. I don't think it takes much of an imagination to reach the likely conclusion he is being shut down. I could be wrong but that's what appears to be happening.

This is the same guy that actually asked Obama and Romney some very tough questions recently and those vids went big-time viral. In addition to this, Mr. Swann has made well over 100 videos that covered important political topics. Many of us have shared his videos and have felt very proud to have him be part of our Liberty movement.

We need to fight what appears to be fire......with fire.

In order to keep getting this great content from Mr. Swann, my gut tells me he may need to change platforms (ie. a new TV station). In particular, I think seeing him with a national TV show would be wonderful for the Liberty movement. As I've been in this business for over 15 years, the one thing that will matter is numbers - BIG NUMBERS. Ben presently has almost 50,000 fans on Facebook. If we can get him to 150,000 fans by December 31, 2012, he will have surpassed Piers Morgan, John Stossel and several other MSM hosts. With those kinds of numbers, it would be tough to deny the appeal of Mr. Swann.

The video explains it all:


Then, please get all your friends and family to become a fan of Mr. Swann here. As a concerned citizen that values media from alternative sources, I think Ben needs our help now. Here's his FB page:



A Ben Swann Fan and Concerned Citizen


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Anyone got a link to this Ben Swann Mitt Romney interview?

Saw the O'Bomber one, it kicks ass. Youtube please, Fox19 doesn't stream for me! ;D

Obedience to God is resistance to tyrants.

Rebuttal from Jeremy Richter

Hey Guys,

Had some time to read a few more of the comments on this thread after a good night's sleep. Pretty depressing to read what some had to say but I guess this was to be expected. I hope you guys understand that I acted on very good info and was just trying to help out. Please try and remember that sometimes things just aren't what they appear on the surface.

I'm a big fan of Ben Swann and, if he continues to educate in this positive fashion, I hope he does get to the national stage. Based on the work he has put in so far, I think he deserves it. I also hope he chooses a good path in pursuing this. Time will tell. It's very easy to stray from the fold when power comes into the picture.


Getting Ben Swann to 150k "Likes"....

... is NOT a waste of time and resources.
Actually whether his job or Reality Check segments are in jeopardy is irrelevant.
Ben deserves a vote of confidence and appreciation and its long overdue.
He deserves an even wider audience and anything we can do to make that happen is well worth the effort.

The Virtual Conspiracy

Why is this still on the front page? (Been debunked)

Once again we come off looking like conspiracy freaks. Apparently this is just a reorganization of how these videos are put on Facebook. Ben's job is not in jeopardy. He's not being censored.

Still, we rush to judgment and come off as extremists. At least 127 upvotes. Wow. Please take this off the front page.

See My Rebuttal

See my rebuttal above.

update from Ben swann facebook

phone wouldn't let me copy and paste, but here's the jist of it: fox19 will begin rolling out their own YouTube channel for Reality Check segments due to the convenience that YouTube provides

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New statement from Ben Swann

Hey everyone... just want to give you an update on what is going on here.
I just talked with my bosses and they understand that the viewing experience on Youtube may be a bit easier for some than it is on our website. Over the next few weeks, Fox19 WILL BEGIN populating a Fox19 youtube page with Reality Check videos!
I will keep you updated on that process.


It seems like the problem was Ben was posting all the Reality Check videos to HIS youtube page, which is called "Ben Swann". I'm guessing Fox19 wants to make sure the youtube page collecting all the views is easily identifiable with Fox19.


what Tsai said

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

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Be a Ben Swann fan, but here's the facts:

Here is the YouTube scoop from Ben's Facebook page:

"A lot of people are asking about the Reality Check videos on Youtube. Reality Check will no longer be posted to Youtube, you can find the entire archive of Reality Check shows here...
I will continue to post additional (non-Reality Check) videos on the Youtube channel"

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

Like... Beck and the Judge

Like... Beck and the Judge from FnC?

We may be dumb as sheep, but we herd like cats, and are more clever than monkeys. What sane person would think us cattle?

Ben Swann needs to go to work for RT

"Everyone" in the know is watching RT for truthiness. The lovely Alyona defected or was pushed out to go work for Huffington. But they have Lauren Lyster (Capitol Account show), who can argue (and do incredible interviews on) hard money, banksterism and Ron Paul's economics better than most people I have been discussing these things with for over 50 years, apparently off the top of her head, perhaps even without prompts. Never mind that she is stunningly beautiful. Ben, no sight to make eyes sore, would fit right in with these folks. The Ben and Laura Show would be a nice offset to the terrifying twosome of Max and Stacey.
If I were in the bumper sticker business I would print up a few thousand DEMAND RT! DEMAND LIBERTY! In the Houston area only Dish carries it, but I noticed their new promotional packages do not mention it.
If the internet is controlled, all this will disappear. Shortwave may still be the only uncontrollable worldwide net.

"To the morally inverted, war appears as a quick, clear path to the top." -- Preston Parker

I like RT...but...

I listen to RT too and I think when it comes to pointing the truth about American foreign policy and politics, they have American MSM beat hands down, so I watch...but I also remember, that they have an agenda too and have a blind eye when it comes to telling the truth about Russian policies! LOL! So I am glad they are there, but circumspect in my admiration of their motives.

Also, I have a very neo-con forum I regularlry post at in which I am slowly trying to plant the truth without invoking the name of Ron Paul,or Libertarians, so I have to tread carefully indeed with the Liberty stuff I post, and Ben Swann has been a boon to me as it says FOX in the corner of the videos. I think it is the only reason they listen! If it said, RT, the flamer throwers whould come out, even if he said the exact same words they accepted with the FOX logo. So, for me, and what I am trying to do to educate from the back door, I would hate to lose Ben to RT.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Nothing is "quite clear"

How about a statement from Ben himself.
A YouTube or whatever works.
Speculation is not fact. Where's the beef?
FOX could have any YouTube video pulled you know.
They do own the rights.
Lets get some facts first.
They wouldn't toss out their main rate getter.


Swann's Fox 19 is an employee owned affiliate.


bump for ben!


Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

It seems pretty clear to me what happened

I was always surprised that his news station would allow him to post station owned content onto his youtube account. I'm not surprised one bit by this. Don't blow it up bigger than it really is.

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Of course that is the

Of course that is the explanation, but there is always hysteria among the paranoid..

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Why lie? What are you

Why lie? What are you searching for on You Tube?

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” -George Bernard Shaw

Could it be...

A copyright issue?

Viacom, etal v. Google/Youtube


Nonsense... he just can't

Nonsense... he just can't post Fox videos. He already answered this concern on his facebook. videos are still up on Fox, just not on his own youtube page..

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

how i see it

Ben has been putting this kind of information to the public all year and with this type of journalism. Mr. Swann has ALWAYS needed our help. I cant help to think getting more fans on FB is a great idea regardless if his videos are you youtube or not.

His name is Edward Snowden

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Jeremy! I'm always in your

Jeremy! I'm always in your corner, man, but I just went to the You Tube search engine and entered 'Ben Swann' and there are pages and pages of his Reality Check videos listed even the most controvertial ones. So I am confused and and wondering if they were all put back up since you recorded this. If so, good job! Regardless, I think "liking" Ben Swann on his facebook page is good insurance against future black outs. Keep doing what you do...

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

1. they wern't put back,

1. they wern't put back, those are ones that people have uploaded.
2. this thread is bullshit, from now on he wants you to watch them on the Fox19 site.

Thank you for so Nicely Making your Point!

I made an honest mistake, and I apologize. I initially visited Ben's Channel, saw the videos listed, assumed they were up, but did not click on the links. After your comment I returned to Ben's Channel and actually clicked one of the links in the archive I saw earlier, and it said "Sorry, Private". Now that is an honest mistake, not BS, as BS is intentional.

Archive at Ben Swann's You Tube Channel:


I understand your point, just really dislike the manner in which you made it, and can only hope that the next time you make a mistake, and you will, we all do, that you are treated with the same kindness and courtesy you have extended to me.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

It was only a matter of time.

First(?) it was Phil Donahue for being antiwar, then Jesse Ventura for the same reason, then Judge Napolitano on Freedom Watch. I'm just surprised it took this long. I think the only reason they leave John Stossel alone is because he stays out of the war/drones reporting.

I've spread the word to show support, but unfortunately I think Jeremy is wrong in that he would get his own show - even at a million likes.

Maybe they're starting to crackdown because way too many people are starting to wake up:


Nobody's cracking down.

Swann is the ONLY relevant person on that station and his videos get a lot of hits. It was only a matter of time before the station wanted to reap the ad revenues from them.

Heavy-handed? Yes. Inconvenient? Sure. But from what I understand, nobody's actually censoring his content, so it's really not the doomsday scenario you're describing.

I don't play, I commission the league.

I am able to view many of his

I am able to view many of his REALITY CHECK videos on youtube still.... but this still needs to happen, he's honest and presses serious issues with people, a rarity in media.

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

Please update article. Ben

Please update article. Ben Swann has posted about the movies being moved to a different site, not taken down.

This Is True But....

The Fox19 website has horrendous video streaming and doesn't work with smartphone devices. Also, Raycom Media, which owns Fox19, hasn't taken down other YouTube channels it owns. Most notably KOLD News, which has 1.3 million views on YouTube.

If we think viewers on Facebook are going to share videos from Fox19's website, that is tragic in itself. Not gonna happen. What really needs to happen is changing the conversation about Ben Swann. He needs to go national, however this can be made possible. He is an outstanding voice for Liberty.

Its probably because

Ben Swann's youtube page is called "Ben Swann". The title makes it sound like a personal page and not related to Fox19, which is the problem.

The KOLD News youtube page is called KOLDNEWS13. Everyone who reaches that page will realize its related to KOLD News.

It just seems like Ben and Fox19 need their own identifiable youtube pages.