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“I understand how the system works” – Is this the video that will make or break Ron Paul’s presidential bid?

A CNN interview with Ron Paul is gathering momentum online as supporters and critics battle over the video’s meaning. For critics, the video shows Paul failing to answer important questions about a fuss over old newsletters. But for supporters, the video – in which Paul says “I understand how the system works” – shows not only their candidate’s honesty, but also the way in which the mainstream media works.

Both edited and unedited versions of the video are floating about. In some versions, Paul appears to storm out of the interview. In the full, unedited version, it’s clear that the interview is coming to an end as he takes his mic off. The difference is small, but significant, and raises further questions about how the mainstream media treats a candidate who doesn’t fit into the mainstream narrative ahead of the 2012 elections.

I’ve said this before, but I genuinely think that whatever your opinion of Ron Paul’s policies, you should be very interested in the way in which he has been treated by the media in America. He has fundamentally been treated differently by main media outlets compared to the way that the likes of Romney, Perry and Gingrich have been treated. None of this is a great surprise, but it’s still revelatory to see the machine in action.


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9 thoughts on ““I understand how the system works” – Is this the video that will make or break Ron Paul’s presidential bid?

  1. I urge everyone, especially those who may not support Ron Paul, to view both the edited and unedited version of the interview. Decide for yourself if CNN intentionally deceived it’s viewers.

    Are just elaborate version of Pravda & Izvestia. The difference is that the Russians knew it was state propaganda. Americans think they are news organizations.

    Posted by PhatPhing | December 25, 2011, 10:31 am

    Some truth about the content of the news letters here. Don’t let main stream media decide who the nominee will be through brainwashing with their version of the “truth.”

    Posted by tom | December 25, 2011, 12:58 pm
  3. The main stream media has made it clear that they will do anything withing their power to prevent Ron Paul from winning. They would even go as far as just ignoring the fact that he wins!

    And here I thought the media was supposed to REPORT the news, not fabricate it.

    Posted by look@my.ass | December 25, 2011, 12:58 pm

    ron paul 2012

    Posted by rob | December 25, 2011, 8:56 pm
  5. You need to correct: “it’s clear that the internet is coming to an” to it’s clear that the INTERVIEW is coming to an”

    Then post both videos for people to see..

    Posted by Brian | December 25, 2011, 9:47 pm
  6. The media is no longer independent. Congress made a huge mistake a decade ago in deciding to allow giant corporations to buy up the media outlets and turn them into conglomerates easily used as tools to manipulate the American people. This is the result. Dr. Paul threatens the powers that be to such an extent that they have tried to marginalize him and steer us away from the truth. If one looks at just who owns which media pieces it becomes strikingly easy to understand exactly who is trying to ruin Paul’s credibility. It worked very well in 2008 and up until now it has also been extremely effective.
    If we, as the 99%, want to keep allowing the 1% to run the country and pocket every single financial gain that’s occurred in the last 30 years we need to do nothing other than sit back and believe what the media is telling us. Fox, ABC, The Washington Post, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. are all bound together now by big business and no longer operate as watchdogs to protect us by telling the truth.
    We are being sold down the river and we need to wake up and stand up and find new sources for our news. If you believe CNN operates in the interest of truth you’re living in the past. If we allow the status quo to continue we’ll be a nation of very rich and very poor people. To believe the rich don’t have an agenda is to be a further victim. Just watch and fact check the stories about Paul and you’ll realize why his supporters are so upset. Dr. Paul is under attack by a very very powerful group that like the way things are going and they want their candidates to win and they also believe we are too lazy or stupid to understand how they are duping us.

    Posted by mgginva | December 25, 2011, 10:36 pm
  7. An excerpt from Ron Paul speaking on the House floor, June 6, 2007: “Peaceful non-violent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as successful as those involving military confrontation. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved great political successes by practicing non-violence, yet they themselves suffered physically at the hands of the state.” -Ron Paul

    Paul has stated he made a big mistake by letting these letters go out under his watch. This, of course, doesn’t satisfy those looking to nail him to the proverbial political cross. I would suggest you read the entire speech at

    Or catch the video of the speech at

    This is just one example of his respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has a full gamut of speeches, lectures, etc. King wanted change and had a glorious vision of that change. Unfortunately, we all know what happened to him. Do you think for one moment that the political powers that be are going to make the changes Paul wants easy? They will throw everything at this guy to make his campaign come unglued.

    Posted by ThePongster | December 26, 2011, 3:17 am
  8. “None of this is a great surprise, but it’s still revelatory to see the machine in action.”

    I think it is/would be a surprise to many people. I think there are many people who still trust that the news presented to us in America is FDA approved, Board certified, A rated, otherwise it would come with a list of viewer cautions. Many people are not aware that there are powerful and controlling people behind the curtain of our news reporting.

    Posted by scottjm | December 26, 2011, 4:34 am
  9. Help this pro-Ron Paul Denver Conspiracy Examiner news article go viral! Send it out all over the internet and social media outlets! “Support the troops by supporting Ron Paul!”

    Posted by celebs4truth | December 26, 2011, 8:43 pm

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