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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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That's only half the story

Raycom Media didn't pull the plug on other stations they own which have YouTube channels. KOLD News alone has 1.2 million YouTube views. There's more to this story......


No, no there isn't. You're just on a witch hunt for your daily fix of conspiracy theories.

Maybe there is, Maybe there isnt?

Im more inclined to think that they are simply increasing revenue for thier most expanding brand, but then again, Who knows?

A little investigation cant do much harm.

Nothing wrong with finding out the full story, and exploring conspiricy theories!

What Conspiracy Theories Would Those Be?

Nice try, TROLL.


Hahah I see you're one of those "when all else fails, call people trolls" kinda guys.

Are You

Are you a Ben Swann Fan Then?

You bet

He does great work. I am not, however, a fan of stealing other people's property or theories that are based in something other than reality.


Understood about the personal property thing, even though Raycom doesn't seem to apply that same logic to KOLD News or other stations they own.

As for the theory comment, are you privy to the same info I am? Geez, give me some credit, will ya :)

Everyone, Please Read This

This isn't as simple as migrating Swann's videos to the Fox 19 site. If that were the case, why are two other Raycom Media stations - WAFB and Tucson News Now - not also being pulled from YouTube? Tucson News Now has over 1.2 million YouTube views:



As I mentioned.....Mr. Swann needs our help.

In Liberty, folks.

Because they get nowhere near the amount of views

Because they get nowhere near the amount of views that Ben's videos get. Don't take it from me, read what Ben wrote himself. Contrary to what you may believe, everything isn't some giant conspiracy.

KOLD has 1.2 million YouTube views

That's in the neighborhood of Swann, who has just over 2 million.

That's roughly 67% more views..


If you all were serious about supporting Ben..

You would go watch the Reality Check videos on the station's website and allow them to profit off of the content they created, rather than figure out ways to steal other ppl's property. Talk about inconsistent & hypocritical ideology..

they have adsense on the site

they could have adsense in the youtubes but with a wider reach and no bandwidth charges.

The amount you can make off of Adsense

Is less than a fraction of what you make from running your own advertisements on your own website. It is even less when you allow Google to run ads prior to your Youtube video.

perhaps you've misunderstood me

they run adsense on fox 19


Allowing Google to run ads before your Youtube video doesn't pay the same amount as Google Adsense. It also appears Fox 19 runs some ads that are not through Google.

Copying is not theft by definition!

A little off topic, but I couldn't resist!


This was a hard one for me finally overcome, but once I gave up the idea of intellectual property rights, more things made sense. You can't make someone un-hear something they heard. The only way to stop someone from copying you, is to never tell anyone your secrets. We should all know that patents and copyrights protect the big guys, not the little guys. Government backed monopolies on production are always harmful and most easily seen in the rapid drop in price and rapid increase in distribution of medicine once their patent expires.

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


So do you think it is fine..

To download music, movies, and books for free online rather than paying for them and allowing the creators to profit off of their investments?

If your theory was universalized, would there be any incentive for anyone to create movies, music, or books?

How about medicine? So you don't think rights to medicinal discoveries should be temporarily protected in order to allow the creators to recover their billions of R&D expenses?

I'm still studying the issue...

But to respond to your comment:

"So do you think it is fine to download music, movies, and books for free online rather than paying for them and allowing the creators to profit off of their investments?"

Downloading a song for free off YouTube is not hindering the artists' ability to profit off of their song, nor is it stealing anything from the artist. Additionally, just because I download a song, doesn't mean I would have necessarily paid money for it, so you cannot equate a "pirated" download to a sale. Live bands do cover songs all the time. News stations copy reports all the time. Go to your grocery store and every brand name food product has a generic product for less right beside it. Why is it okay in those situations? How can you expect government to control production of an idea that has been released to humanity? Bottom line is IP empowers some people to use government to limit other people's speech and actions.

Thomas Jefferson said it well, "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me."

Suggested Reading: http://mises.org/daily/5025

"If your theory was universalized, would there be any incentive for anyone to create movies, music, or books?"

It's not my theory, it's the free market. Either you trust industry to deal with copy-catters or you don't. I know that I'd much rather go see Eddie Vedder than this guy.

Suppose Shakespeare had lived in a world where copyright existed. His legal bills would have been staggering. He authored 38 plays without any incentive or protection from copyright law, and he managed to prosper.

I'm a musician. Check out my signature line. I make music because I like to. Not for money. The idea that creators will not create if they don't have government force protecting their work does not hold water in my opinion.

"How about medicine? So you don't think rights to medicinal discoveries should be temporarily protected in order to allow the creators to recover their billions of R&D expenses?"

I honestly feel that the founders made at least two mistakes with the Constitution: slavery and intellectual property rights.

Patents are terrible when it comes to medicine. Just look at how wide distribution increases when a patent expires. This is the best article I've read on medical patents which really cleared it up for me.


Regarding R&D expenses, obviously there are expenses, but that is a myth that big pharma has been propagating. Donald Light has exposed this: http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4348

If we MUST have IP, it shouldn't be for 17 years...maybe 2-5 years, but I'd argue that more harm is done than good and that IP should be eliminated.

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


You're argument is flawed

right from the beginning. How do artists make money? They sell their songs. How do authors make money? They sell their books. If we all adopted your idea that "downloading a song for free off YouTube is not hindering the artists' ability to profit off of their song," and we all proceeded to download all of the music, movies, and books we use everyday for free, how do you suppose the original creator would survive? Would there be any incentive for innovation or to create new materials? No, there wouldn't, because if everyone was doing what you suggested and downloading songs, movies, and books for free, it would not only hinder the creators ability to profit off of their creation, it would eliminate their profits entirely. You may make music for fun, but you aren't one of the very few who have made it big. Making music is your hobby, it is not your profession. If people were willing to purchase your music for $15, you would be far less willing to dish it our for free to anyone who will listen to it.

When you go to the grocery store and brand name products have a generic version, it is because the patents on those particular products have expired. The original creator of that particular product has had some years as the sole vendor of his creation, which gives him the ability to recover what he has invested in research and development.

You're idea that IP empowers some people to use government to limit other peoples' actions is fairly absurd. Have you ever read a paragraph of Adam Smith's work? Government is crucial for the protection of private property rights, for without it society would be a free for all.

Also, you seem to completely misunderstand what intellectual property is. There is a major difference between "an idea" and the next step of bringing that idea to life. You're right an IDEA cannot be exclusively possessed once it is shared with the world, however, once you have invested the time and resources to bring that idea to life, it becomes your creation and your property.

thank you for this

you have given me much to think about.


Definition of theft

is taking something "with the intention permanently to deprive" the owner of it. Clearly not the case with information, as stated by Jefferson.

Not sure about patents though, they can protect small inventors from immediate exploitation by majors.

Obedience to God is resistance to tyrants.

Please Read Post Above

See above. It's not what you think.

Yeah BUT

The reason he can do these reality checks is because he ISN'T part of a major media outlet. It is on here on DP somewhere where it was explained that that station isn't really ran by Fox. You put him on Fox News and he will be scripted. Is that what you want? Is that what he would want? Look at The Judge and what happened to him. You can't be too "out there" and stay on major media channels, they want you to play by their rules.

How to download Reality Check videos from the Fox19 Site

First, in case anyone missed it, Ben Swann has explained on his Facebook that Reality Check videos will no long be posted on YouTube by Fox19, but can still be viewed on their official website. Here is the link

Here is how you can download these episodes from the Fox19 site.
1. Download and install Firefox if you don't already have it.
2. Go here and install the DownloadHelper add-on for Firefox. Reset Firefox when installation is complete.
3. You should now have a greyed out icon near the top of your Firefox browser window (to the side of the address bar) with three little spheres touching each other, which looks kind of like a molecule.
4. While still using Firefox, navigate to the Fox19 Reality Check archive. It is best if you don't have any other tabs open.
5. Click on the video you wish to download. This will take you to that video's page.
6. Wait for the video to load, and then begin playing the video.
7. You should see the little aforementioned icon become colorful and animated. The spheres should become yellow, blue, and red. This tells you that DownloadHelper has detected some sort of media that it can download for you.
8. If an ad is playing before the video starts, wait till it finishes. Once the Reality Check episode begins playing, click the little tiny black arrow next to the DownloadHelper icon. A little dropdown menu should appear. There you should see one or more videos listed. They should look something like this: WXIX_20121026125511107AC.mp4. If there is only one, that should be the Reality Check episode. Click it, choose where you want to save it, and your download will begin! If there are two videos, one is probably the advertisement. If you're not sure which is which, just download both. You can always delete the ad later. (Note: I think the Reality Check video files may end with "AC" while the ads end with "AA", but I'm not sure yet if this is a hard and fast rule.)

- Once the download begins, you can leave the page for that Reality Check episode, and it should still continue downloading, as long as you leave Firefox Open. You can even go start downloading another one while it finishes.
- Actually, due to an apparent (and benign) glitch in the software, once you begin downloading a video, the status bar for the file in your Firefox "Downloads" list may not start moving until you close the page from which you are downloading. However, the file WILL still be downloading, even if that bar doesn't move.
- This same DownloadHelper add-on is useful for downloading YouTube videos and mp3s as well.


Point out ways to steal other people's property. But when it comes to eminent domain, I'm sure you're the first one coming up with catchy slogans in the picketing line.

First of all IP and physical property are two different animals

Second of all you know absolutely nothing about me so it's pretty presumptuous for you to think you are "sure" about what I do "when it comes to eminent domain".

Third of all, the video file is ALREADY automatically downloaded to your computer when you view the file in the first place. Fox19's website that does this. So, you may want to e-mail them and tell them to stop automatically making people who watch their videos "steal" them.

The fact that..

You just tried to argue IP and physical property are two different things shows how ignorant you really are.

Easy solution

The viewers themselves should upload Ben Swann Reality check videos on Youtube everytime a new one comes out.