CNN Owes Ron Paul An Apology For Misquoting Him In Interview

September 30th, 2008 5:13 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Bailouts, Big Government, Economics, Federal Reserve, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Money, Politics, Ron Paul, Taxes, Video  |  14 Responses

Ron Paul appeared on CNN this afternoon to discuss the bailouts. The interviewer put up a quote attributing it to Ron Paul that was actually written by Lew Rockwell on his own site. The site the interviewer found the quote on was actually, which is not Ron Paul’s site, but rather a very popular Ron Paul site run by a supporter (also listed in Liberty Maven’s blogroll). That site aggregates Ron Paul related news and posts it. In this case, the words quoted are from this post by Lew Rockwell on

This is a great example of the media not doing their homework. It is not surprising. This reminds me of the myriad of interviews during Ron Paul’s presidential campaign where the interviewers marginalized Ron Paul, the man, and his opinions. Just when you think Ron Paul was starting to get some respect the media makes a feeble attempt to marginalize his opinion on the bailout. Neil Cavuto recently called Ron Paul a genius.

The Jekyll and Hyde media tramples onward and over the truth to manufacture a story out of thin air. CNN owes Ron Paul an apology. I wonder if he’ll get one? Watch the travesty below.

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  1. djcoe says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:29 pm (#)

    Hi Marc,

    Good catch!! I happened to see the CNN iterview, though not that familar with the interviewer…

    When the quote was put up on the screen, I thought it seemed a little harsh, [though I don't necessarily disagree], but I’ve been on Paul’s website enough to know that the quote didn’t sound like somthing Ron Paul would say…and not at all familar.

    Good job…and thanks again!

    Regards, Donna

  2. wrdalton says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 5:42 pm (#)

    How could anyone misattribute this quotation, when it ends, “Congratulation Ron Paul”? Nevertheless, I don’t think it is anything Ron Paul will object to having attributed to him, but he would want Lew to get the credit he is due.

  3. Paige says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:26 pm (#)

    They weren’t attributing the quote to Dr. Paul. If they were attributing it him they wouldn’t have asked if he agreed with the quote.

    They just said it was posted on his website. That’s where the mistake was, assuming it was an official website.

  4. Paige says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:28 pm (#)

    They should have noted who said the quote, though. It was very negligent reporting.

  5. theropingeffect says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 6:51 pm (#)

    The media is scared of the Ron Paul Revolution.

  6. Marc Gallagher says:

    September 30th, 2008 at 7:12 pm (#)


    If they said it was on his website why would he feel the need to ask him if he agrees with it? I agree with you, but they certainly didn’t make it clear. It was posted on a site that is NOT his website and the words were NOT his own. The site they referenced is not even where the quote originally appeared. It was extremely misleading, and they should apologize.


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    October 1st, 2008 at 1:46 pm (#)

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    October 1st, 2008 at 3:01 pm (#)

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  10. libertyforone says:

    October 1st, 2008 at 7:52 pm (#)

    Well, I suppose it was a misquote, but I think the harm goes to Lew if anyone and I am sure he didn’t mind that much. The two of them are best friends and who knows, maybe they wrote it together?

    I am confused as to why this poster seems so outraged by this. Do you really think that Ron Paul wouldn’t agree with the sentiment? (forgive the double negatives there).

    Certainly, this could have been cleaner reporting and there appears to be a mistake made, but an apology to Ron? Why not apologize to Lew? After all, it was his quote that was stolen.

    Sadly, reading between the lines it seems that a lot of Ron Paul supporters are Lew Rockwell haters and that fills me with regret. Both are one of the few patriots we have in this country, so why rag on either one? To do so just weakens the cause of liberty in general. Especially when the two men have worked side by side for decades, are great friends and have worked very hard for liberty for all of us.

    I do so hope this petty infighting can stop. Ron Paul did great, so Cato and Reason got jealous. So they attack Paul and throw Lew under the bus. Then the LP picks an idiot like Bob Barr to represent them because he is a smarmy as Paul is genuine. The Paul picks a racist, sexist, bigot like Baldwin to support because he is angry at the LP for being dicks. Now, millions of supposed liberty supporters will vote for a man (baldwin) who is against free markets, he is against liberty for gays and women, he is for the government sponsored shooting and maiming of a brown person who possibly had marijuana on him and could have been an illegal alien, and his main platform is to prevent anyone from outside the U.S. from trading with us.

    How did we get here? With petty insults hurled at each other. Now we, the defenders of liberty have no one at all to vote for this election, Barr is a liar and Baldwin is against liberty if you are not a white male, and once again, it appears that insults are being hurled at Lew Rockwell once more.

    How can we ever have any hope if we are shooting each other as one person gains some success in the fight against liberty?


  11. libertyforone says:

    October 1st, 2008 at 7:54 pm (#)

    Moreover, that quote was WONDERFUL!

  12. Mike Miller says:

    October 1st, 2008 at 9:05 pm (#)


    I can’t definitely speak for Marc, but I’m pretty sure he’s not a Lew hater. For me, at least, this is simply about CNN’s shoddy reporting.

  13. libertyforone says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 2:45 am (#)

    Ok, Marc,
    is this article simply about a mistake in reporting? If so, why so upset? Of all the injustices that Ron Paul has gone through this is next to nothing. Frankly, it looks more like a compliment – such as assigning a Jefferson quote to Paul.

  14. Marc Gallagher says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 8:48 am (#)


    I’m not as upset as the article may make me sound. My point is not necessarily that this particular case is especially bad it is that the marginalization of RP continues and this is just really really poor and quite lazy reporting.

    Whether or not Ron Paul agrees with the quote doesn’t matter. It is just another example of the media putting words in Paul’s mouth attempting to discredit him.

    And I’m certainly no Lew Rockwell hater. I’m with him on about 95% of the things he says, including this quote.