Meet the Mainstream Press

By Greg Hunter’s 

Nothing is more emblematic of the mainstream media (MSM) than NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  I wonder if it should be renamed “Meet the Corporate Mainstream Press” because that is exactly what it was on Sunday.  Before the first vote was cast, Sunday’s panel anointed Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate to face Barack Obama this fall.  I really wonder why we have caucuses or primaries at all.  We should all just watch TV and let shows like “Meet the Press” tell us what’s good for us.  The word pompous comes to mind when I see them in action, and last night, Ron Paul showed them how little they know what America really wants by finishing just a few percentage points behing the Romney.

The MSM doesn’t tell reporters or guests what to say; they just pick the people who will say what they want.  I heard only one relatively flattering thing about front runner Ron Paul during the entire discussion.  Kathie Obradovich from the Des Moines Register said some of the caucus goers were “flocking” to Ron Paul because they were “desperate for real change,” and Congressman Paul was “completely different.”  Other than that, every other word about Paul was negative.  Why?  Let’s face it, the left and right do not want real change and will try to taint or destroy anyone who brings it.  They want the system of secret banker bailouts and Fed deals that rescue companies like General Electric from financial ruin which is part owner of NBC.  (During the financial meltdown of 2008, GE was the sole owner of NBC and now has only a 49% share of the network.)  They do not want prosecutions of Wall Street bankers for causing the financial meltdown with “liar loans” and “toxic” mortgage backed securities.  Republicans and Democrats want what they have now and are just taking turns ripping off the country.  The corporate owned MSM is just happy to take campain advertising money and are happy to cover the fake fighting.

You could not have gotten a more Romney biased panel on “Meet the Press” if you would have gone to Mitt’s campaign headquarters.  Mike Murphy, GOP strategist, said Congressman Paul, “. . . would be the surprise disappointing finish.”  Mark Halperin of Time Magazine said he saw “two scenarios for Romney and they were “great” and “good.”  Andrea Mitchel of NBC said Paul “really hurt himself on foreign policy.”  To be fair, it is not just NBC doing a hatchet job on Congressman Paul, other networks have been less than objective.  Yesterday on FOX, Democratic strategist James Carville opined that Romney was the only Republican that “has a chance of winning nationally.” 

I think the Democrats and President Obama would like nothing more than to run against the man who thinks “corporations are people too.”  Mitt Romney would be predictable and would not go after the real issues that are holding America back.  The main issue is the fraud and rip-offs in the financial system.  There will be no recovery and little job creation unless and until the banks and Wall Street are no longer able to rig the system so they always win.  There should also be some prosecutions, but I digress.  Romney, who couldn’t get much more than 25% of the Iowa Republican vote, will be very beatable for Mr. Obama.  Both are the picks of Super PAC corporations.  Santorum would just be the Republican replacement for Romney if he can hold up after Iowa.

Paul, on the other hand, would be unpredictable and difficult to corner.  The Congressman also has something all other Republicans envy and that is motivated, young supporters who want real change.  President Obama can no longer campaign on the change slogan.  He got in and nothing really changed.

If you would have said Ron Paul would be a close third in Iowa a year ago, I am sure you would have been laughed out of the room.  That is the same thing you could have said about Barack Obama in January of 2008.  Hillary Clinton was so strong, they were doing skits on “Saturday Night Live” belittling the other candidates in the Democratic field. We all know how that turned out.  I am not stumping for Congressman Paul.  I just want accurate reporting, and accurate reporting is usually fair reporting.   I don’t see much objectivity from most of the MSM, and it is not asking too much for facts without spin or distortion.

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  1. JA

    “Rick Santorum, whose determined Republican presidential campaign offered strong fiscal convictions and conservative social values, was rewarded with a second-place finish in Tuesday night’s Iowa caucus.”

    The Iowa Republican caucus was determined long before the representatives cast their vote. Ultimately, the outcome of any compromised “election” is not who casts the votes, but rather who counts them. The “electrifying” finish of Santorum and the elitist buffoon Mitt Romney should come as no surprise. That said, my support for Ron Paul will continue.

  2. Tom

    A downright pathetic situation isn’t it, Greg? Pretty boy “Miss Massachusetts” does not have either the guts or integrity in him to fix all the corruption that is eating this country up.

    • Greg

      Neither does Obama. Both are corporate candidates.

      • Tom

        Oh, yeah. He showed his true colors about two weeks after inauguration.

        “Hope and change we can all believe in.”

        What a crock.

  3. Sandor Bors

    RP had only 10 percent of the vote in 2008 in Iowa. He more than doubled his support! Romney stayed the same with 25 percent. Santorum just took the Huckabee vote and will probably fade in a similar manner – lack of funding,organization,voting record,etc. And the strange thing is that Bix Weir said Sarah Palin would endorse RP this Spring! Can this statement be the precursor?

    Things are getting interesting…

    • Greg

      Boy Sander I just had a crazy thought. Paul/Palin ticket. Would it work? I don’t know but an interesting thought.

      • Nathan Hale

        What about Paul & Paul? That would be nifty!

        • Greg

          Nathan Hale,
          Yes but not likely. Rand Paul will definitely run for President in the future. Greg

  4. George Too

    Just the simple fact and let me decide

  5. Warren

    Good article, Greg.

    The Republican contest is revealing a very interesting dynamic wherein the main question is not “Can Ron Paul win?”, but rather “How can Ron Paul not win?”. His dedicated 10% following insures that if anyone other than Ron Paul is nominated then that candidate will turn into Bob Dole and the Republican nomination will be worthless. If the Republicans come to their senses and nominate Paul, then there will be great changes in domestic and foreign policy. If they do not nominate Paul, then the electorate will be educated on limited and Constitutional government which will lay the groundwork for Rand Paul in 2016. By then, the Republicans will realize they can’t win without Paul’s tireless 10%.

    It does not take a majority to prevail.

    • Greg

      Nice analysis, although Paul’s 10% will probably grow much higher. Thank you for the comment.

  6. Art Barnes

    Greg, best article you have ever written on the Status Quo Press. Last night when Paul gave his speech after taking a close 3rd, even Fox forgot about him and decided he finished a distance third and mentioned him no longer. Your insight when saying ” Republicans and Democrats want what they have now and are just taking turns ripping off the country” said it well and said it all. I add that Paul represents a growing citizenship of awareness of your statement.

    • Greg

      Thank you Art for your comment. When it comes to Dr. Paul FOX News is unfair and unbalanced.

  7. Edward Ulysses Cate

    If you really want to understand main-stream-media, focus on Gannett. Not only do they own 85! major dailies, their largest shareholder is JPMorgan Chase. Now that’s banker control of media. In McCain country (Phoenix) they control both the major newspaper (Arizona Republic) and Channel 12 TV station, among other local entities. Now you know the rest of the story.

    • Greg

      Thank you Edward Ulysses Cate!

  8. Sam

    Dear Greg,

    No, the establishment does not want Dr. Paul because they want things to remain the same. Most people know that the two “frontrunners,” Romney and Santorum, are RINOs. Of the three top finishers, most people know that Dr. Paul represents real change. Why is it on BOTH Twitter AND Drudge Report 2000 polls yesterday, Dr. Paul finished first? Because Dr. Paul speaks his mind, no one “grooms” him. He’s the real deal.

    As to your appearance on “C2C” last night: it’s what I’ve been saying for weeks on two other sites – Iran will be chairman chicken’s Poland. The two bigger boys on the block, China and Russia, have had enough of NATO’s (read: America’s) aggression. The so-called “Arab Spring,” where we’ve seen the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians, where Islamic despots have made a return.

    I really don’t think we’ll have an election, I really believe that chairman chicken will declare martial law. Hopefully, someone will launch an EMP strike against this country, and things will return to local control.

    • Greg

      Thank yopu Sam and Leah.

    • Becareful

      re: EMP……Be careful what you wish for…

  9. Leah

    You are 100% correct, and I enjoy your site.
    I do not believe that there is any scenario, event, etc. where the MSM can be trusted.
    The Media’s attempt to first ignore, then aggressively attack Ron Paul when that didn’t work, only provides proof that they are not the purveyors of thought control that they once were. The internet is truly the most revolutionary event to affect society since the invention of the Gutenberg printing press.
    Too bad the powers that be will probably succeed at controling that as well.
    These are definitely interesting times.

  10. slingshot

    Fair reporting? That was pitched out the window long ago. Forty years of voting and listening to all this and I am at the point of DGAS! If our country is controlled by a few behind the scenes and the rest of us are too stupid to figure it out. So Be It. The odds of correcting our country’s problem is overwhelming and we do not have the fortitude to cope with what has to be done. Forget what the Mayan’s predicted, the politicians are spouting their own 2012 prophecies.

    • Art Barnes

      Slingshot, are you at the “point” of DGAS or are you already there?
      I ask because I am and will greet you when you get here. I only comment here because I want others to realize how the political class has destroyed this country which history will record in the future and I am hoping that historians may write that a few of us were not fooled. I always enjoy your thoughts. A.B.


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  12. D. Smith

    Meet The Press and all the other lying media fools out there can talk the way they do because they KNOW the outcomes of these things. You are right – why do we even bother to have caucases and voting rights. Everything is bought and paid for ahead of time. It has to be. Otherwise there is no rational or logical explanation for Rick Santorum to have come all the way from the bottom of the barrel to now being a “contender”. There just isn’t a way. Big money. Big corporate money.

    America. Is. Screwed. What I wanna know is how did we let this happen. Have people been asleep for the past three decades? The answer, sadly, is yes.

    • Art Barnes

      D. Smith: Answer, we simply continued to reelect the political class time and again while we went to work allowing them to grow rich and powerful on the backs of our efforts. The political class talks to our fellow Americans as they were friends as they take the cigars from the bankers in the back rooms, not to mention the bankers buddies, the MSM.

  13. jay

    Its getting harder everyday to turn on the news. Its like a mind altering drug. No reality to it. Im not just talking politics..Its every subject.Not meaning to sound religous , but its like satan himself has control over main extreem media.
    I thank my GOD for you Greg.

    • Greg

      Thank you Jay for your comment and support.

    • masterluke

      Its like Lenin said – “A lie told often enough becomes the truth”.

  14. Spud

    Good article. However, I think the people who watch tv news are too stupid to decide anything for themselves anyway, so the pundits there just ‘know their audience’. The american people get the govt and news they deserve. Do you really think most americans actually want freedom? You’re naive.

    I’ll still write in ron paul though.

  15. Brad


    I believe it was Samuel P. Huntington that said a two party system is better than a single party system because the yoke rests lightly upon the populace but one still may achieve the same effect. It essentially becomes the proverbial two heads on one body, as is beginning to become evident.

  16. M SMITH

    Greg, its called No Free Press, NFP shows us just how corporate facism operates, last night was a prime example.

  17. Herman Gerbils

    I have noticed everybody attacks Ron Paul’s foreign policy but nobody dissects it, nobody says why it’s so crazy or why the present course is preferable to his alternative vision. But as I have posted before, look who sponsors the program, companies that have a vested interest in war and it’s aftermath. The news divisions of NBC/MSNBC are the marketing departments for GE’s weapons products, itself a hedge fund masquerading as an industrial concern. Meet the Press’s value is that it does represent the corporate mindset, what they don’t talk about, (everything but the Republican debates)the sins of omission are just as telling as what they do discuss.There has been no in depth discussion about the Gulf oil disaster, Fukushima, Libya’s invasion and aftermath (not a word since Qadaffi was murdered),the fact Haiti is still a wreck etc etc. We are staring down the barrel of WW3 and MTP focus’s on the sex lives of Herman Cain, Anthony Weiner and other trivialities. And nobody has ever said “hey Andrea, you are married to the guy that F’d up the entire western financial world, wassup with that?”

    • Greg