Ron Paul Silenced by CBS?

GOP candidate says he was deliberately limited to 90 seconds of air time in Saturday's debate.

Both Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann are crying foul after what they said were unfair efforts to limit their air time during CBS' Republican presidential debate on Saturday night.

In an email sent out after the debate entitled "What a Joke," the Paul campaign ripped CBS for allowing the Texas Congressman only a minute and a half of air time in the 90 minute debate.

"It literally made me sick watching the mainstream media once again silence the one sane voice in this election," said Campaign Manager John Tate. "The one dissenter to a decade of unchecked war. The one candidate who stands for true defense and actual constitutional government. Ron Paul was silenced, in perhaps the most important debate of the cycle."

Michele Bachmann's campaign made a similar claim, releasing an email it said was inadvertently sent to Communications Director Alice Stewart by a CBS employee that said Bachmann wasn't going to get many questions, so they should try to get another candidate for a post-debate show.

"I was just speaking with Alice Stewart... about the Congresswoman or a senior member if (sic) her staff joining you for the webshow. She said she would be happy to arrange," said one CBS employee in an email sent Saturday afternoon, hours before the debate.

John Dickerson, a CBS News political analyst, then responded, "Okay let's keep it loose though since she's not going to get many questions and she's nearly off the charts in the hopes that we can get someone else."

The campaign said the email indicated "a planned effort to limit questions to Michele Bachmann at tonight's CBS/National Journal Debate."

Paul Mercury November 14, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Paul, I did a cut & paste from his post. He wrote "Progressive establishment media". I'm looking at it with my own peepers.
Paul Mercury November 14, 2011 at 07:48 PM
"I'd say most national media are in favor of a large, powerful central government, when it comes to both domestic and foreign policy, rather than being primarily left or right." - Interesting. I don't understand, though. Why? "Those who want less centralization of power, less interventionism, or more local solutions don't have much of a voice." - I am in complete agreement with you.
-Paul- November 14, 2011 at 08:07 PM
You're right david, the last reference does include "progressive".
-Paul- November 14, 2011 at 08:23 PM
David, I'm not sure if you're asking why I think this, or why they're biased in that way. I don't think I could say for certain what the motivations of these people are, but I could brainstorm a couple. For starters, I do think federal politicans/bureacrats, national media, and certain banks/corporate executives tend to run in the same circles/scratch each others' back - and centralized power benfits all of them. Also, I think national media by definition needs national stories to talk about -- they need their whole audience to care. If they can show a debate between one person who wants to force everyone to do X (or take everyone's money to do X), and a second person who wants to force everyone to do Y (or take everyone's money to do Y), they've got compelling national TV. The guy who wants to let each state, town, or individual choose between X and Y for themselves does not create compelling TV, because there's little conflict. Suppose political issues were determined mostly locally, or individually -- what would they show for national political news/debate? Conversely, suppose (to take a rather silly, but I think illustrative example), every young person were going to be forced to go to the same college or university, to be determined by national vote. Why, every person in the country would be glued to the TV for weeks! In short, debates assuming national level mandates/conflicts mean good tv for their national audiences. Just a couple guesses.
MedullaPancreas November 17, 2011 at 07:49 AM
The FCC needs to get involved and lay the appropriate sanctions and fines down on CBS for their violation of FCC's equal-time rule regarding political candidates. CBS has violated the public trust and airwaves with this blatant partisanship. The sheer complacency and lack of public outcry for this only underscores how bad things have gotten in the last fifty years. CBS's advertisers would have been boycotted in the past. It's not CBS's job to play into trends and tell the American people what they should and should not be hearing. Shame on you CBS. And shame on the FCC. And shame on the American public. You'll get exactly what you tollerate.


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