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“Why is Russian TV Backing Ron Paul?”

“Why is Russian TV Backing Ron Paul?”
Submitted by Trevor on August 16, 2011 – 8:42 pm EST
By: Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

During a time when Ron Paul supporters are complaining, with some justification, about the major media not giving their candidate’s success in Iowa enough attention, the Texas congressman is getting enormously favorable coverage from a foreign propaganda outlet—Russia Today television.
One of Paul’s leading supporters in the media, if the term “media” is broadly defined, is Adam Kokesh, host of a show, “Adam Vs. The Man,” on Moscow’s English-language channel. On Monday, Kokesh used his show, which reaches many U.S. cities, to complain about the American media not giving Paul more favorable coverage, attacking the newspaper Politico for ignoring Paul’s second-place finish in a headline over a story about the results.
Kokesh uses disparaging language when referring to other Republicans, such as calling Rick Santorum “a homophobic theocrat” and Rick Perry a “Ken doll.” He regularly attacks the “corporate media” in the U.S. without criticizing the Moscow regime that pays his salary.
Commentators have typically described Paul’s second place finish in the Iowa straw poll as the result of “college kids” supporting him. AIM has noted the major media’s reluctance to credit Paul for his success in presidential primaries.
But the advent of Russia Today (RT) television, which has been accused of serving as a vehicle for Russia’s intelligence services, puts the question of media coverage of the campaign in a new context—one of foreign interference in U.S. politics. The channel is carried in the Washington, D.C. media market by MHz Networks, a subsidiary of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, which receives $3 million a year from federal and state governments.
Several websites feature a series of videos from RT, not limited to the Kokesh program, that are extremely favorable to Paul’s campaign. The channel features attractive female anchors who speak flawless English and claim to have America’s best interests at heart. Many observers agree the channel is far more effective than the heavy-handed Soviet propaganda of the Cold War years.
But RT has been such an enthusiastic supporter of the Paul campaign that some observers think the channel, which is registered as a foreign corporation in the U.S., has violated U.S. election law. Foreign corporations are prohibited from “contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly,” according to the Federal Election Commission.
On June 6, 2011, Kokesh ended his show with remarks that go beyond merely reporting the news to endorsing Paul and highlighting a “money bomb” and fundraising for him. The transcript reads as follows:
“Kokesh: I’d like to end tonight on a note of some good news. We have some good news from the front lines of the Ron Paul “LOVEalution” with our money bomb on June 5. I was happy to donate to that. Yesterday we raised over one million dollars for the Ron Paul campaign. And I’m starting to figure out what electable means, because electable or non-electable is really a code word for ‘if this person wins, I’m not gonna be able to get as much money from the government.’ But if you want electable, please support the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama. If you want a President who’s going to honor his oath to the Constitution and your freedom; I urge you to support none other than Congressman Ron Paul.”
Kokesh publicly endorsed Paul, saying, “I urge you to support none other than Congressman Ron Paul,” and mentioned that he was “happy to donate to that [Ron Paul money bomb].”
A disgruntled U.S. Marine veteran who openly acknowledges his current role as a paid agent of Moscow, Kokesh says his program is an example of “libertarian television.” He has been backing Paul—and Paul’s organization has supported him—since Kokesh unsuccessfully ran for the Congress in New Mexico in 2010.

But Tim Sumner of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America said Kokesh is masquerading as a conservative-libertarian in order to lure viewers into accepting a far-left agenda. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called Kokesh a “smear merchant” who wears “GOP clothing.”
Nevertheless, Kokesh continues to advertise himself as a Republican supporter of Ron Paul. “Ron Paul trampled the competition with logic and reason at the Ames debate,” Kokesh insists. During the debate, Paul said he would not object to Iran getting nuclear weapons and called for trade relations with Communist Cuba. Paul also complained about “war propaganda” designed to lay the groundwork for military action against Iran.
“Rep. Paul, who is excellent on many other issues, reveals both a shocking naïveté regarding Cuba and Iran, and a deep misunderstanding of the principles of free trade, when applied to belligerent nations,” countered anti-communist blogger Trevor Loudon, a prominent critic of Russia Today.
On the Big Peace website, writer and researcher Spyridon Mitsotakis called Paul the Republican Party’s Henry Wallace, a reference to the Democrat considered so naïve about the communist threat that he ran for president on the ticket of the Progressive Party, which was dominated and manipulated by the Communist Party.
Some political observers think Paul’s campaign has the potential to undermine the Republican Party as it goes into the 2012 campaign and help guarantee Obama’s re-election. Conservative columnist Douglas MacKinnon says, “I spoke recently with a senior Democrat strategist who offered up a quite logical and incredibly frightening scenario for those who are desperate to vote Barack Obama out of office in 2012. His theory goes like this: That the Obama White House and the Obama re-election team are going to work overtime behind the scenes to push enough of Texas Republican Ron Paul’s ‘libertarian’ buttons to eventually have him declare as a third-party candidate.”
This theory holds that Paul could attract enough votes away from potential Republican voters to throw the election to Obama.

http://trevorloudon.com/2011/08/why-is-russian-tv-backing-ron-paul/


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  • I don't think RP would go third party, cause he knows it would give Obama the victory. RT is for RP the same way many Americans are: bring the troops home from around the world, and stop being the world policeman.

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  • I like how this article seems to negativly state that its Ron Paul's fault for "attracting enough votes away" from the Republican party. Maybe he's doing that because Republicans are sick and tired of the estalishment neocons and faux 'Tea Partiers' who are invading the movement he helped create.

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    • @WolfBite120 Agreed. Glenn Beck once called for the military to be used on Ron Paul supporters... And we're to believe that he gives a shit about liberty?

      Same with all of these other Republicans who supported "too big to fail", nation building, the PATRIOT act, etc.

      All of these ex-neocon "Tea Party" candidates have about as much principle as a fart in the wind.

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  • Adam Kokesh has been a Paul supporter since the last campaign way before he had his own show, need proof youtube Rally For The Republic Adam Kokesh. Kokesh has also been a well known speaker at Tea Party events and conservative gatherings around the country. Another well known fact is he ran as the Tea Party favorite for congress but fell short.

    Sorry but there is no conspiracy theory here

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    • @hlabrake Yet people still call him a communist. More of the same; tribe mentality. "You're not on my team? Well then you must be a [communist|racist|terrorist|liberal|neocon|conservative|wackjob|teabagger]"

      I'm surprised these idiots haven't forgotten how to breathe.

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  • Why is the U.S. Media not backing ron paul? John did a good bit on it. He is the only Republican I would vote for, non of the other idiots stand a chance. Ron Paul 2012!!! or Obama.

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  • It's always possible if he ran as an independent he might split both the democrat and republican vote and declare both rotting parties as losers.

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  • All the conservatives are already voting for Ron Paul, if we can just get the republicans to come on board we might be able to stop Putins evil plan of splitting the vote and handing the election to Obama.

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  • Simple answer, because its Russia. If Putin doesn't say its okay, it gets shoved under the rug. That's pretty much why Medvedev won the elections, because he had Putins backing. Fuck you Prime Minister Putin!

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  • They want to see him Become POTUS for the same reason the rest of us do...We all have to live on this rock together,and affect one another Directly,or in-directly.

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  • hmmm. this does give me some pause.

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  • Right now there are people who verbally support Ron Paul not because they actually want him to be president, but because they want to encourage him just enough to run independently, split the libertarians away from the conservatives, and hand the next election to Obama.

    They systematically disparage every other GOP candidate and declare that Paul is the only Republican they could ever vote for while already knowing they will pull the lever for Obama in 2012.

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    • @john1054 Gary Johnson would have my support if he was polling as well as Paul. Ron Paul and most (not all) of his supporters will say the same thing, that it is the message that is important, it could be a young gay black atheist and if they were talking like Ron Paul I would support them as well. None of the other candidates are talking like Paul or if they have recently changed their tune they are doing so out of political expedience.

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    • @john1054 Well then you'd damn well better vote for Ron Paul unless you want another 4 more years of Obama.

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  • Because they want to see Obama win in 2012...our enemies LOVE Obama because he;s destroyed america easier than any of them ever could.

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  • RTN is as mercenary as Faux News is stupid. All those blathering fucking idiots never stop talking, but they never say anything, on Fox or RTN. Faux News is too stupid to see that if the US cleans up (debt) and reels in heroes (our boys and girls from Iraq and Afghaneestan), China and Russia will duke it out over the Persian Gulf, through proxies, and possibly each other.

    Russia and China are not friends - they are worried about the US letting them compete against each other.

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    • @kachin Sad and scary at the same time, the news outlets like RTN, Farce News, and Could Not Never (CNN), feed pablum to the US public, and the US politicians do too. Time for some kickass American superhero politicians "Ron Paul and Allen West". That's my ticket.

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  • It's pretty obvious why RT is showing favour to Doctor Demento . They recognize a kindred soul .

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  • when the state run propaganda arm of putins russia is backing ron paul, you know there are strategic reasons for doing so, those being the re-election of obama, he's been a godsend to the russians, bowing and whimpering and prostrating himself at their door in every conceivable way possible, and they have responded in kind:

    in the past four years, Russia’s intelligence services have stepped up a campaign of intimidation and dirty tricks against U.S. officials and diplomats in Russia and More..

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    • @golem They would love a US president who is against using his military around the world.

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    • @golem
      .. that's right, he should be bowing, whimpering and prostating hisself to israel like the rest.... right?... right

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    • @thoth1

      i fail to see what this has to do with israel, but being a ron paul supporter, the jews must live in your head rent-free, check out the stormfront boards, you'll get a lot of ron paul supporters on there who agree with you, that's why the founder supports ron paul financially

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    • @anarchy2011

      i'm sure russia would love for us to be isolationist so they can impose there will on other people, and so they can impose their will on American diplomats and interests, but i believe that putin is doing this for cynical reasons, to help get obama re-elected

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    • @golem

      Ron Paul is not an isolationist you moron. He is a non-interventionalist. Having us involved in unnecessarry and costly wars is not helpful to standing up to other military powers like Russia and China.

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  • they probably support him for the same reason that I...would be nice to see an balanced USA ...with healthy economy and capacity to trade goods not weapons...

    would be nice not to be worry for a change that USA wont invade ones country for internationals corporations profit messing with the global economy in the process.

    and cause will be nice to see USA people stop to being lead to the cliff under the fake democratic heaven illusion produced by the DEMUBLICANS

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  • ''from a foreign propaganda outlet—Russia Today television'' well because it is not a domestic propaganda outlet....it's that
    simple...

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  • Next time, it will be the iranian tv.

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  • Dunno let's ask Sarah Palin if she was able to see this from her backyard.

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  • ~Looks like these communists want to pull a ross perot on us, ross perot was the scumbag who brought us 8 years of the perverted traitor bill klinton, by splitting the conservative/ Republican vote. klinton gave away military secrets to China -most notably, inter-continental missile technology. china could not "stage" their rockets or missiles, they would explode soon after launch and klinton allowed this technology to be given to china some say, as repayment for illegal campaign funds More..

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    • @vtxphantom

      And you're a scumbag neocon.

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    • @vtxphantom Yeah, invading 3rd world countries is a great foreign policy. Bombing bridges and then paying to rebuild them is a great foreign policy. Spreading "freedom" by gun point is the only way to spread freedom.

      Sun Tzu totally advocated being at war forever. He also advocated ignoring the root cause of conflicts while rushing into war, because it's good for the state.

      These wars are working out so well for us! We're not going broke; no country has ever gone broke maintaining it More..

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    • @vtxphantom His foreign policies do suck, otherwise he would have my vote.

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