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Meltdown or Spinround?

Updated on May 1, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

As might be expected, it did not take the liberal media long to go after Kentucky Republican nominee Rand Paul. Already questions are being raised about his position on civil rights and government interference. Paul is fielding the questions and answering them but his frustrations are evident in that he sees this direction as being totally off subject with regard to current election focal points in the Kentucky races. Some media analysts are actually describing Paul’s response as a “meltdown” for the Republican nominee.

A link to AOL News is posted below. AOL News headlined the piece by alluding to conspiracies surrounding the candidate’s meltdown. The link also offers an opinion piece by Michael Medved who describes Paul to be in meltdown as he appears in an interview with George Stephanopoulos shortly after winning the nomination for his party. In watching the video, I find it interesting that,in this instance, Stephanopoulos is practicing the tough question, hard-hitting, in your face journalism that he cannot seem to muster when he is tossing softballs to the various liberal guests who come into his spotlight.

Michael Medved describes Paul as coming across with a “deer in the headlights” look in response to the questions when, in fact, I think his look was more one of disbelief that the media could continue this badgering to expose him as a racist and an anti-government maverick. In fact, as you watch the video and listen to the response, I think it becomes apparent that Mr. Paul handled a rather difficult and frustrating interview quite well.

In part, Medved described Paul’s handling of the media as follows “Rand Paul responded with the same sort of dodgy, incoherent, embarrassing answers he ineptly offered after his victory.” In the end, it appears to me that Medved is trying to work his magic in convincing Republicans that they chose the wrong pony. We’ll see about that when election time comes around.

Rand Paul, being new to the game of politics, tends to speak plainly and directly at the issues. In response to one question in the video interview concerning his purported position on civil rights, Paul responded by pointing out Democratic Senator Robert Byrd’s elongated filibuster of the proposed civil rights act back in the 60’s. It appeared to be quite an effective counter as Stephanopoulos immediately wanted to move on in the questioning.

It is already quite obvious that any candidates who are endorsed by the Tea Party crowd are going to get a thoroughly rough ride with the media as we near the mid-term elections in November. Liberal media spin-masters will be more than happy to take a situation and write an op-edit along the lines of something that is not even on subject in order to gain the analysis that he wants the reader to embrace. Casual readers may be easily turned by such antics. Anytime the words “conspiracy, civil rights, and anti-government” begin to be assigned to candidates, it naturally becomes a defensive situation for that candidate. It is impossible to prove a negative but very easy to assign one as in “Please tell me sir, when did you quit beating your wife”.

Now, more than ever, it is very important that we read information and look closely for the various forms of misinformation and spin that is being mixed into it. More and more, opinion is being delivered as fact or at the very least not clearly marked as “opinion”. All of it plays to the heart more than the mind. It focuses on creating the mindset that someone is evil, devious, and uncaring. Those thinking with their hearts and not their heads will easily be swayed by this approach time and again. This is exactly how America arrived where we are today.

Keep an eye on the media over the next few months. Conservative candidates and Tea Party favorites will become the fodder of the liberal media cannons. Any candidate who prevails in this liberal onslaught will certainly be a courageous one and will certainly take his or her elected seat with a mandate from the people.

Liberal politicians of today cannot bear up under the intense public pressure to get spending and social agendas under control in Washington. Their only viable response will be to attack personally those conservative candidates willing to take on the task. And attack they will with all their strength and all of the help of the liberal media.


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Jackson6500...Thank you for the read and the commentary. I appreciate it. WB

    • Jackson65000 profile image


      7 years ago from Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

      Wayne, thanks for posted your view on Michael Medved's rants at HubPages.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      My apologies to Mr. Medved, Carol. I think he missed the point on this one. But I promise to highlight a positive for him downstream. I think the Paul got a bad rap!

    • cjv123 profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Michael Medved has always been considered a conservative Wayne as long as I can remembr, I have to agree with gary. I've read his reviews for years - he's always leaned toward a conservative/family value type of movie review. When he has been interviewed, same thing.

      Maybe what Gary says is true - he just doesn't like libertarians. I don't honestly know.

      This Hub of yours here is SPOT ON. I honestly believe the main stream media - world wide - with some exceptions like Fox News - has not only become totally and utterly blinded in their liberalism, but they have become corrupted and evil. They are not living up to what the Constitution has set the standard for them to be. They've left that standard a long time ago.

      Great Hub, excellent points! Carol

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Gee, Gary...guess I better try to read more of his stuff. Medved was doing a pretty good liberal approach on that write. I guess I should cut him some slack and read a few more of his articles...thanks for letting me know. WB

    • garynew profile image


      8 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

      Medved is actually conservative but he inexplicably dislikes just about anyone with any libertarian ties at all. The attacks on Paul may actually work to his benefit as we are beyond tired of hearing the media spin.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Yes, I agree fully, Petra. Thanks in great part to people like George Soros, the media in this country does not have to be muzzled because they are already controlled. As much as I against government intervention, I really think there should be a regulation and some limits set as to how much any one individual can control media based outlets. Slowly but surely the current approach is killing the newspaper industry. Television news anchor news has seen drastic drops in audience share. People are tired of having information analyzed and then told what to think about it. They have stopped listening in many instances. The unfortunate side is that leaves many of them ill-informed. For older sector of our population who have their habits well seated in the newspaper and television industry, it is no wonder that they get so much misinformation such as what took place when Bush attempted to enhance the Social Security System and return it to solvency. All of a sudden the media is portraying him as a "gambler" with the people's money. He is labeled a gambler while the "thieves" in Congress who have literally pork-barreled all of the assets of Social Security point the finger of blame. Pleaaaaaze! WB

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      The brainwashing of the media has been going on forever; as a business they are interested only to please the ones who are paying their bills (and we know that almost entirely, the media is controlled by few families with very clear agenda).

      I see little difference between the communist slogans and their propaganda machine and what is going on right now in America.

      I wrote a hub to that effect “A lesson America should learn” and is about learning to read between the lines and using one’s head to separate truth from “fiction”; not an easy thing to do, but a necessary one. Practice makes perfect, it may take some time though, but it can be done

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Poppy, apparently all the journalism schools in America are also in Chicago. I could not believe the headline with the story I outlined in the hub which speaks of a conspiracy yet discusses none. It talks of Paul being basically a blubbering idiot yet really does not show that. In fact, I thought the video ran contrary to the point and actually reinforced Paul's position. As all of this plays out, just remember "The Cockroach Factor". It will eventualy play well into this scenario. Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Chicago style dirty politics is spreading like wildfire. As the election grows closer I imagine that the air will be charged with innuendo and accusations. I pray that the American people will be able to tell fact from fiction, but frankly it will be a difficult task.


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