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Wolf Blitzer will host surging Paul, but Republican Jewish Coalition won’t

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As Alex Kane notes above, Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican, has been barred from next week’s Republican Jewish Coalition forum of the candidates. Adam Kredo:

Paul was not invited to attend the RJC’s candidates forum because the organization – as it has stated numerous times in the past – “rejects his misguided and extreme views,” said [RJC Executive Director Matt] Brooks.

“He’s just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,” Brooks said.

Brooks has previously attacked Ron Paul specifically because he has criticized Israel.

Well, tomorrow CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will have Ron Paul on the Situation Room. He did a pretty fair report on Paul today. I’m more and more impressed by Blitzer. I don’t care that he lived in Israel or once worked for AIPAC; that was a long time ago, and he has shown great respect for the Arab Spring and has the potential to be the mainstream corridor-cutter on the Palestinian issue. He knows Israel’s in an existential crisis of its own making. I’m betting he’s going to be fair to Ron Paul on the Iran question, and Palestine, too, tomorrow.

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  1. dumvitaestspesest
    December 1, 2011, 6:21 pm

    Go ,Ron Go.!!!
    Just a bit of shameless, “brainwashing” ,but a GOOD propaganda.

  2. lysias
    December 1, 2011, 6:47 pm

    I will be very surprised if Blitzer does not pull a Bob Schieffer on Dr. Paul. The Iowa caucuses are getting ever closer, and the powers that be have got to be worried that Paul could pull off an upset there.

    • Chris S
      December 1, 2011, 7:53 pm

      Paul will pull an upset there.

      • Oscar
        December 2, 2011, 11:25 am

        Agreed. Ron Paul is much stronger in Iowa than the lamestream media will allow you to know. Ron Paul will win Iowa, and Wolf Blitzer will pull a Bob Schieffer.

        Speaking of Schieffer (and Phil’s excellent post on the topic), the mighty Glenn Greenwald eviscerated the CBS News host of FTN, as he looked like an angry, grumpy old coot who was badly outmatched by Ron Paul’s mastery on the topics thrown his way.

        Here’s the MSM’s problem . . . they keep using dumbed-down talking points to sell their agenda to the dumbed-down sheeple. So they ask RP stupid questions that make them look like idiots who have a 3rd grade perspective on the world. They’re in a box. every time there’s a debate, RP wins the post-debate online polls with 70 pct majority. every time they smear him with fictitious news stories, they get flamed with 300 pro Ron Paul comments.

        Newt will implode. Romney is stuck at 20 pct.

    • Chaos4700
      December 2, 2011, 9:45 am

      Yeah, that’s my cynical prediction as well. Blitzer is a dyed in the wool Zionist. When push comes to shove, he’ll walk Goldstone’s road of “Israel no matter what.”

      • Potsherd2
        December 2, 2011, 11:04 am

        I agree. Phil is foolish to place any trust in Blitzer.

  3. lysias
    December 1, 2011, 6:56 pm

    I remember how Mike Gravel was included in the Democratic debates in the 2008 race until he was interviewed on the PBS News Hour and said the Israel lobby was responsible for the drumbeat for war with Iran. The very next debate (within a week, if memory serves,) he was excluded, and they never let him take part in any further Democratic debates. Coverage of his campaign also more or less disappeared from the mainstream media.

    Even though he had been one of the heroes of the Pentagon Papers.

    • Philip Weiss
      December 1, 2011, 7:07 pm

      wow. thanks for that.

    • annie
      December 1, 2011, 7:46 pm

      i recall he was completely shut out lysias but didn’t recall the circumstances.

    • jewishgoyim
      December 1, 2011, 7:55 pm

      Really? Our ever so smooth lobby… It’s always funny to see them lose their tempers! Can you back it up? Did Gravel himself blame it on this PBS interview?

    • Tristan
      December 2, 2011, 1:33 am

      Thanks for the information, Lysias. I had thought that Gravel had been kicked out because at the previous debate he had outed Hillary as being the only candidate to vote in favor of labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Hillary, famously, cackled in response.

      • lysias
        December 2, 2011, 1:14 pm

        No doubt both those things played a role in his exclusion. They were, after all, related.

    • dahoit
      December 3, 2011, 9:17 am

      And how about Howard Dean;One day after saying that we should be more evenhanded regarding Israel Palestine his campaign was destroyed by the alleged scream.And I also wouldn’t trust Blitzer,but hey,anybody is capable of an epiphany.

  4. atime forpeace
    December 1, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Ron Paul mild-mannered congressman from a great nation, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!”

    • Pixel
      December 1, 2011, 10:14 pm

      lol

      • dahoit
        December 3, 2011, 9:18 am

        What,you don’t believe in truth,justice and the real American way?( the one expressed by our ideals,not the reality of our criminal leaders.)

    • Chaos4700
      December 2, 2011, 9:46 am

      I wish he could leap tall buildings, too actually, at least then it would be embarrassingly shameful for the media to go out of its way to shun him the way they do.

  5. dumvitaestspesest
    December 1, 2011, 7:32 pm

    “More bailouts for the banks, more austerity measures for the people.”
    This seems almost like some kind of unreal, absurd story.
    But,unfortunately it is not. It’s been playing right before our eyes as we speak.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      December 1, 2011, 7:49 pm

      Next, very good,sound, crtical voice from The EU.
      Godfrey Bloom.
      But..are they going to listen to him??

      • dumvitaestspesest
        December 1, 2011, 8:13 pm

        Europena Central Bank (ECB) Power Grab a Manifesto for European Economic Dictatorship.

        They are joyfully cooking a poisonous potion, ( meant for us) ,while the whole wide world is watching.

      • dumvitaestspesest
        December 1, 2011, 8:23 pm

        This is a MUST WATCH:).
        I’m glad that there are some people in this Euro-machine, who do have a courage to call the things/people exactly the way they should be called.:)
        People like eee or witty ( where is he btw?) should not watch it ,as they maybe at risk of a stroke or heart attack.
        Especially around 4:20-4:30:)

      • john h
        December 1, 2011, 8:57 pm

        Nah…go, Godfrey!

      • dumvitaestspesest
        December 2, 2011, 5:06 pm

        I love Godfrey’s refusal to apologize to those angry euro-hyenas.
        That was neat.
        It’s nice to see some guys/politicians, who actually have guts to spell out the truth, and not to be intimidated by “laughing “hyenas .

    • john h
      December 1, 2011, 9:05 pm

      Farage sounds like good value.

      RT is a top non-mainstream source of interesting views. What do you think of Alyona?

  6. Potsherd2
    December 1, 2011, 7:32 pm

    The news of Paul’s exclusion will draw more attention to his position than any remarks he would have been allowed to make there.

    • Jeffrey Blankfort
      December 1, 2011, 9:05 pm

      Potsherd2 is right on. There is obviously a significant segment of the Republican base that relates to what Paul has to say about US support for Israel and his criticism of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that segment will not only not appreciate his being excluded from the RJC debate, it will know who is to blame.

      It would seem that the stupidity of RJC’s barring Paul from its debate would be a obvious unless one understands that fomenting what the Jewish establishment can later categorize as “anti-semitism” is part of its modus operandi since the perceived existence of anti-Jewish prejudice is the glue that has long held the organized community together and stimulates the fund drives that pay the bills for such groups as the ADL, the AJC, Simon Wiesenthal Foundation, and the Republican Jewish Coalition, not to mention the high salaries of their executives…

  7. jewishgoyim
    December 1, 2011, 8:01 pm

    I have a hard time figuring out the sudden enthusiasms of Phil for Blitzer or other MSM type like Chris Matthews. What’s the big deal here? Are the MSM going to change overnight? We all know how these careerist got there.

    And also the fantasy about the NYT putting Mondoweiss out of business. I know it’s a joke but I don’t see the revolution around the corner or the epiphany for these outlets…

  8. split
    December 1, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Paul was not invited to attend the RJC’s candidates forum because the organization – as it has stated numerous times in the past – “rejects his misguided and extreme views,” – Enough for me to vote for Paul ,…

  9. ToivoS
    December 1, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I do hope that this exclusion of Ron Paul from a Jewish forum just blows up in their faces. I hate to always have to add the caveat that I disagree with Paul on financial and social issues but this is one politician that deserves support on his foreign policy stands.

    I guess these Zionists are telling us if you disagree with Israeli policies then you better support Ron Paul. Do these fools have any idea how destructive that could be to their cause?

    • MRW
      December 2, 2011, 5:39 pm

      Me too, ToivoS. It’s going to backfire in my neck of the woods where there are Ron Paul supporters galore, and they repeat the we love Israel line as well. Since most are unread and uneducated IMO, it’s going to leave them scratching their heads and getting off fantasy football online long enough to check out why.

      This is going to have a long slow consequence. Sort of like the air coming out of a balloon near the tie that keeps it closed. This is even better than having him do well in Iowa.
      _______________________
      I don’t have cable anymore. Anyone watch the interview who can report back?

  10. Pixel
    December 1, 2011, 10:19 pm

    .
    Within the context of the 2012 election, none of it matters.
    .

    Ron Paul will never “be allowed” to be President.

    • Charon
      December 2, 2011, 2:16 am

      Pixel, doesn’t matter

      “be allowed” could mean a lot of things.. Voter fraud to John Wilkes Booth. The righteous person who doesn’t fear such things will prevail in the end regardless. Obummer is a disappointment. The only thing that changed was ‘color’ of the White House so-to-speak. Which doesn’t fool the blacks.

  11. pabelmont
    December 1, 2011, 10:24 pm

    Paul is an ideologue. He doesn’t care for winning. “Better right [libertarian] than president.” So he says what he thinks, and some of it is very refreshing. Strict ideologues scare me. Like the settler-zealots.

    However, the others calculate every word, every pause, every grimace. Not always very well, but always carefully as they can. Maybe not all of them, because some of them are not smart enough for all that care. Or so it seems. These guys seem not to have an honest bone in their body. so they will collapse for the BIG BANKS and other BIGs long before the Republican primaries and the battle against oligarchy will be lost before it ever starts, same for Obama as far as anyone can now see.

    And instead of useless “bread and circuses” we’ll have something worse, a police-state (as the OWS folks are seeing) with the Army patrolling inside the USA and protecting us from our unruly democratic impulses — but of course calling them terrorism.

    • Charon
      December 2, 2011, 2:13 am

      pabelmont, I didn’t used to believe it. But I believe it. I think Paul can win. Four years ago to support him was fringe. The MSM wants the masses to think the same and they were foolish to ignore him because people are on to them. Paul has some sincere support from a lot of people (especially troops and the younger generation) and it went viral. The MSM ignored it. This has had a slight ‘waking up’ feeling for some (but not as much as I would like).

      Paul is an ideologue for sure. Without him there wouldn’t be a tea party. Without him there wouldn’t be a sabotaged tea party. Without him these candidates wouldn’t be flip-flopping over real issues and looking stupid. His son wouldn’t be a senator bringing knowledge toward that National Defense Authorization Act which could make me, you, and MW a ‘terrorist’ for being a NS concern… detained by military without trial. People laugh at the notion but it is is true. They laugh because people have made it fashionable to laugh. Only the fools are laughing. It’s not a laughing matter.

  12. Avi_G.
    December 2, 2011, 12:48 am

    I’m more and more impressed by Blitzer. I don’t care that he lived in Israel or once worked for AIPAC; that was a long time ago, and he has shown great respect for the Arab Spring and has the potential to be the mainstream corridor-cutter on the Palestinian issue.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_EyZ7r0nbvq8/TUXckhNE5LI/AAAAAAAAAQ8/yDU_T_8m4ZQ/s1600/House-facepalm.jpg

  13. Taxi
    December 2, 2011, 1:10 am

    Phil you should know better than to trust a zionist media propagandist like that revolting Blitzer.

    I mean how do you know that Blitzer didn’t say to Ron Paul: ‘okay i’ll give you precious air time but take it easy on israel. Don’t mention israel more than em… twice’. I think Ron Paul will take a deal like this, no problem. Except it’s not a ‘deal’ as such, it’s a frigging trap. The zios want Ron to say stuff on the msm so they can twist it round two hours later when he’s left the studio and call him antisemitic and bury him thus with hitler.

    Anyway, this article is boring and premature as the interview hasn’t happened yet.

    • Scott
      December 2, 2011, 8:11 am

      You’re probably right about Blitzer– some combination of veteran journalist and liberal Zionist sensibilities makes him pretty reasonable on this. Contrasting him to Schieffer and Matthews makes me think that Jews have a lot more freedom in the top spots in the highly visible TV media– not nearly as vulnerable to CAMERA inspired whispering campaigns
      and insinuating letters to their employers about the “age-old source” of their “anti-Israel bias.”

  14. Tristan
    December 2, 2011, 1:12 am

    his misguided and extreme views

    The guy who doesn’t want to bomb Iran is extreme. Strange times.

    • dahoit
      December 3, 2011, 9:51 am

      And the funniest thing about this is that Paul would liberate Israel to make peace with its neighbors by not underwriting their insanity.

  15. piotr
    December 2, 2011, 1:16 am

    The other candidates are either extremists or pretend to be extremists.

    I do not watch them so I do not know how calculated their facial work is. And the policies! To balance the budget, I shall close every department and agency that starts with letter “E”, like “Education”, “Environments” and “Eventually, I will recall its name and then I will such it down”. Another program, 9-9-9 is clearly optimized to avoid tricky recall problems of E-E-E policy. Sometimes I think that apart from the sole Libertarian, GOP was infiltrated by Raving Monster Party.

  16. Charon
    December 2, 2011, 2:04 am

    Interesting…. Interesting thing about Blitzer was his refusal to admit Gaddafi was done for in Libya when other MSM said the opposite. Even the alternative media had opposing opinions on Libya. It’s difficult to trust people. Go with your intuition but don’t be easily charmed. Your intuition is your lost sixth sense which needs a little exercise.

    Anyways, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-8aTGnjHnI

    Unless he was infused with a soul since then, any change in POV is lipstick on a pig. Ron Paul on the other hand has almost never changed his POV. Rare among politicians. Look at Gingrich flip-flopping, for example. Is the man really a man? Or is he a ‘robot’? Gingrich is following a green carrot on a stick. The PTB know they can’t win with Romney or Perry and are now backing Gingrich. Not surprising considering they ‘created’ him back-in-the-day to begin with. This is all a joke. I don’t even care anymore. Just going to put my arms behind my head, sit back and laugh. Because this has to be a dream, right?

    • Scott
      December 2, 2011, 10:05 am

      What does “PTB” mean?

      • lysias
        December 2, 2011, 11:57 am

        PTB = The Powers That Be.

  17. Justice Please
    December 2, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Does the RJC bother to explain how exactly their favorite terrorist state in the Middle East would be hurt by the “friendship” and the “self-determination” which Ron Paul’s foreign policy offers to all nations?

  18. eGuard
    December 2, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I’m more and more impressed by Blitzer.

    Winning you over is his current assignment, Phil. But sooner or later, he will push for the Iran attack and kick you out of the tent.

  19. irishmoses
    December 3, 2011, 8:18 am

    Dear Phil,

    I was looking forward to the interview with enthusiasm after reading your article. Your hope and optimism was misplaced, and my time wasted. The actual interview was a vacuous joke. Blitzer was in Cain/Gingrich all-the-time mode. Nothing on something of real import and immediacy like Iran, and certainly nothing about Israel or the plight of the Palestinians. Blitzer was pushing ratings buttons. Honest, inciteful, dogged? Give me a break. Blitzer is an MSM hack.

    Ron Paul really missed the opportunity to raise some hell and show some rightious anger. He should have been screaming tohigh heaven about being excluded from the debate by a lobby who advocates for a foreign government and why it is dangerous to allow a foreign government to interfere in our domestic politics and presidential elections. While Paul is on the right track on many issues, he just doesn’t have the chops or presence to get anywhere.

    I think there is a tendency among us to take glimmers of hope gleaned from very occasional and marginally favorable statements by media players and turn these into supposed major turning points in this struggle. I see these more as random blips emerging from the overall noise. I think the Zionist Greater Israel lobby is too observant and far too powerful to expect these blips to morph into an actual alternative voice.

    Keep dreaming Phil. Wish it were otherwise.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      December 3, 2011, 9:24 am

      Great reflection.
      “I think there is a tendency among us to take glimmers of hope gleaned from very occasional and marginally favorable statements by media players and turn these into supposed major turning points in this struggle. I see these more as random blips emerging from the overall noise. I think the Zionist Greater Israel lobby is too observant and far too powerful to expect these blips to morph into an actual alternative voice”.
      Zionist Greater Israel lobby is holding its IRON fist over MSM and controls everything what comes out of there.
      Occasional “slips” may even be intentional, just to prove to the public that diverse opinions are welcomed and tolerated. Just a little meat on a bone for the hungry , chained dog to make him happy and feel like everbody cares.

    • Philip Weiss
      December 3, 2011, 10:45 am

      you’re right on this one!!
      pure avoidance

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