Fairly Unbalanced, by Edgar J. Steele
I just got off the phone with New Hampshire GOP headquarters. A NH GOP official confirmed a press release from its chairman, Fergus Cullen, which unequivocally supports the story about Ron Paul’s Nov 6 forum exclusion by Fox News. Unequivocally! They claimed always to have worked directly with Ron Paul headquarters in getting him included, however, just as they continue to do at this moment. The press release is so new that it is not yet posted upon the NH GOP web site, but Ron Paul has its full text up on his site already.
Said the GOP’s Mr. Cullen, in part: The New Hampshire Republican Party has notified FOX News of our position, and we are in ongoing discussions with FOX News about having as many candidates as possible participate in the forum scheduled for January 6.
Just a Weekend Affair
A huge controversy arose over the weekend as various web pundits, bloggers, blowhards and, even, the venerable WorldNetDaily.com all called Ron Paul a liar, claiming there never was such a forum and, just in case there was, that it was cancelled, anyhow, and how could an organization be so incompetent or its leadership so out of touch? Based upon these allegations, a great many Ron Paul supporters seem to have jumped ship.
Time to climb back aboard, folks. You’ve been had. Here’s how:
Yesterday, the widely-followed Alex Jones’ Prison Planet jumped in with both feet by republishing a Nolan Chart blog, Ron Paul Not Excluded from Fox Debate, by William Westmiller. To his credit, Alex Jones now has reversed himself and Mr. Westmiller has “revised” his blog entry in a none-too-clear fashion, though clearly reversing himself, nonetheless. Oddly, Mr. Westmiller counts himself as one of Dr. Paul’s supporters (with friends like this…).
Another Nolan Chart blogger, John Armstrong, increased the disinformation level with his Ron Paul’s Fox News Fiasco: The Spin Starts Here. Mr. Armstrong does not yet appear either to have corrected his misreporting or explained the basis for it.
What is it with this Nolan Chart web site, anyway?
Oh, Joe! Not You, Too. Say It Isn’t So, Joe.
Yesterday, WorldNetDaily.com also joined in, beating up Dr. Paul with Ron Paul Excluded from Debate? Not Exactly, though with no attribution. Several hours ago, I emailed Joe Farah, WND’s publisher, and asked if he intended to issue a retraction. No reply as yet and no retraction, as such, but Joe just has posted a new story: Ron Paul Not Invited to Fox News Forum, with no mention made of yesterday’s grotesquely-wrong article.
The Faux News Channel
Today’s Baltimore Sun confirmed the original story of exclusion by Fox News prior to the NH GOP’s press release: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2007/12/ron_paul_indeed_outfoxed_for_n.html
Are you mad yet? I am. But, then, I’m always mad about something, it seems.
Though inundated with copies of those false claims, I responded to all comers with, “Just wait and see.” For each and every such claim I got, however, I was gratified to be copied onto hundreds of complaints directed at Fox News.
Well, we have waited. We have seen. The only question now remaining is: Just how guilty is Fox News? Did Fox News simply exclude Dr. Paul from the Nov 6 forum (and continue to exclude him, what’s more) or are they at the base of what clearly was a false disinformation campaign over the weekend?
We don’t call it the Faux News Channel for nothing, after all.
Fox News, far from being “Fair and Balanced,” actually is Fairly Unbalanced, as it turns out. We Report, You Decide? Hah! More like: We Decide, You Shut Up (guess I’ve been watching too much O’Reilly again).
It is high time for Fox News to back down and invite Dr. Paul to its little shindig. You only thought I was outraged before!
There is every indication, from the blowback and bounces, that we managed to blow the Fox News server out of the water over the weekend with our outraged emails. The NH GOP, too, acknowledged having been overwhelmed with the thousands upon thousands of phone calls and emails in support of Dr. Paul. They claim not to be guilty. Fair enough. Fox News sure as hell is guilty, though.
Let’s see what we can do now, folks. The NH GOP is on board, so let’s leave them alone. Fox News has yet to get the message, though, it seems. A few have suggested to me that you need more Fox News names, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses. Well, here you go:
(There is just a little redundancy in the following list, cobbled together from several sources, but Fox News never has complained about redundancy before. And, remember, they can delete emails wholesale, but somebody has to sort through all the voicemails.)
Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor Host : Phone: 212-301-3320; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Knoblock, International Editor : Phone: 212-301-5486; Email: email@example.com
Brit Hume, Managing Editor : Phone: 202-824-6470; Fax: 202-824-6426; Br it.Hume@foxnews.com
David Asman, Fox News Host : Phone: 212-301-3944; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Rae, Exec. VP News : Phone: 212-301-8552; Email: email@example.com
Jane Skinner, News Anchor : Phone: 212-301-5023; Email: jane.skinner@fo xnews.com
John Moody, Sen VP News : Phone: 212-301-8560; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Schmidt, Chicago Bureau Chief : Phone: 312-494-0428; Fax: 312-494-0445
Kathy Ardleigh, Sen. Politics Producer : Phone: 212-301-3186; Email: email@example.com
Ken LaCorte, Los Angeles Bureau Chief : Phone: 310-571-2000; Fax: 310-571-2009
Kim Schiller Hume, Wash DC Bureau Chief : Phone: 202-824-6389; Fax: 202-824-6426
Shepard Smith, Fox Report Host : Phone: 212-301-3711; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thom Bird, Fox News Sen. Producer : Phone: 212-301-3250; Email: email@example.com
Todd Ciganek, National News Editor : Phone: 212-301-3352; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oreilly@foxnews.com; < a href=”mailto:Redeye@foxnews.com” title=”mailto:Redeye@foxnews.com“>Redeye@foxnews.com;
Cavuto@foxnews.com; Hemme email@example.com;
< a href=”mailto:Housecall@foxnews.com” title=”mailto:Housecall@foxnews.com“>Housecall@foxnews.com
In the immortal words of Hedley Lamarr (Blazing Saddles): Go do that voodoo that you do…so well!