It IS true: Ron Paul Is Being Excluded From The FOX News Debate

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So, as it turns out, the story I broke yesterday at 8PM on LewRockwell.com about Ron Paul being excluded from the debates was true.  I cited an AP story which listed five other candidates who are to be attending.  Several people called the official campaign and were told that it was true, and between the AP and official campaign, I felt there was ample evidence to justify breaking the news on LRC.

Well, it wasn’t long before I got an email from someone who profusely insisted that my post was likely incorrect, that the New Hampshire GOP would not allow this to happen, and that I was a horrible person for posting it.  (I’m paraphrasing here.  She actually copied my boss on her emails and asked how I could post such “nonsense” several times.) Because she’s someone who seemed to be very close to the campaign and very close to the New Hampshire GOP, I believed her when she said, “I have an invitation at my home with his name printed on it.” (That’s a quote.)

It was one of my most embarrassing moments since childhood.  I thought I had tarnished the reputation of Lew Rockwell and had discredited myself in the eyes of tens of thousands of Ron Paul supporters who read LRC daily as their primary source of information. As a result of my post, the New Hampshire GOP’s servers and phone lines were out of commission because of hordes of angry Ron Paul supporters.

I quickly posted a very personal retraction that resonated around the blogosphere.  I received dozens of emails from angry Ron Paul fans who asked how I could have posted something like without checking out my sources.  (One would think the Associated Press and the official
campaign would be reliable sources of information, right?)  I then spent the next 17 hours trying to squelch copies of my news on dozens
of others blogs as they popped up, further making myself look like an ass.

Well, as it turns out, FOX has indeed excluded Ron Paul from the forum.  The official campaign has published a press release about it
The AP was right.  The people answering the phones at the campaign were right, and the retractions on all of the major Ron Paul sites were in vain.

In the defense of the person who sent me these emails that caused me to post a retraction, her chief complaint now is that the NH GOP is not the right outlet to complain to.  Due to reasons I agreed not to publish, she may be right
about that.

What a horrible experience.  I will, however, be confirming all Ron Paul-related news with the chairman of the Ron Paul campaign from now on if we end up making contact tomorrow.

Now, about Ron Paul being excluded…  Here’s where you can send your complaints:

  • General Comments
    • Email: yourcomments@foxnews.com
    • Phone: 1-888-369-4762
  • Marty Ryan, Executive Politics Producer
    • Phone: 202-824-6403
  • Kathy Ardleigh, Sen. Politics Producer
    • Phone: 212-301-3186
    • Email: kathy.ardleigh@foxnews.com
  • Thom Bird, Fox News Sen. Producer
    • Phone: 212-301-3250
    • Email: thom.bird@foxnews.com
  • Todd Ciganek, National News Editor
    • Phone: 212-301-3352
    • Email: todd.ciganek@foxnews.com
  • Ian Rae, Exec. VP News
    • Phone: 212-301-8552
    • Email: ian.rae@foxnews.com
  • John Moody, Sen VP News
    • Phone: 212-301-8560
    • Email: john.moody@foxnews.com
  • Brian Lewis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications
    • Phone: 212-301-3331
    • Fax: 212-819-0816
    • E-Mail: brian.lewis@foxnews.com
  • Irena Briganti, Vice President of Media Relations
    • Phone: 212-301-3608
    • Fax: 212-819-0816
    • E-Mail: irena.briganti@foxnews.com
  • Brian Knoblock, International Editor
    • Phone: 212-301-5486
    • Email: brian.knoblock@foxnews.com
  • Kim Schiller Hume, Wash DC Bureau Chief
    • Phone: 202-824-6389
    • Fax: 202-824-6426
  • Ken LaCorte, Los Angeles Bureau Chief
    • Phone: 310-571-2000
    • Fax: 310-571-2009
  • Justin Schmidt, Chicago Bureau Chief
    • Phone: 312-494-0428
    • Fax: 312-494-0445
  • Brit Hume, Managing Editor
    • Phone: 202-824-6470
    • Fax: 202-824-6426
  • David Asman, Fox News Host
    • Phone: 212-301-3944
    • Email: david.asman@foxnews.com
  • Shepard Smith, Fox Report Host
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    • Email: shepard.smith@foxnews.com
  • Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor Host
    • Phone: 212-301-3320
    • Email: bill.oreilly@foxnews.com
  • Jane Skinner, News Anchor
    • Phone: 212-301-5023
    • Email: jane.skinner@foxnews.com

Major Fox Advertisers (Thanks to David P. Martin!)

Earl J. Hesterberg
Vice President, Marketing
Ford Motor Company
1 American Rd
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TEL: (313) 322-3000
FAX: 313-845-6073

Koichi Kondo
President& CEO
American Honda Motor Co.,
Inc.
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 – 2N – 7D
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
TEL: (800) 999-1009
FAX: (310) 783-3023

Rick Kornhauser
Vice President, Marketing
Chattem, Inc.
1715 W 38th St
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TEL: (800) 366-6077
FAX: (423) 821-0395

Patrick M. Byrne
Chairman & President
Overstock.com
6322 S 3000 E Ste 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84121-6931
TEL: (801) 947-3100
FAX: (801) 944-4629

William R. Rhodes
Chairman
Citibank
399 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
TEL: (800) 285-3000
FAX:

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Chairman & CEO
Pfizer
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New York, NY 10017-5755
TEL: (212) 573-2323
(212) 573-7851

Javed Ahmed
Executive Vice President
Reckitt Benckiser Inc.
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399 Interpace Parkway
Parsippany, NJ 07054-0225
TEL: (800) 333-3899
FAX: (973) 404-5700

R. Kerry Clark
Vice Chairman
Procter & Gamble
1 Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
TEL: 513-983-1100
FAX: 513-983-9369

Charles Fruit
Chief Marketing Officer
The Coca Cola Company
1 Coca Cola Plaza
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TEL: 404-676-2121
FAX: 404-676-6792

Paul Carothers
Vice President, Public Affairs
Kraft Foods
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FAX: 847-646-6005

Kathleen Flaherty
Chief Marketing Officer
AT&T
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Bedminster, NJ 07921
TEL: 908-221-2000
FAX: 908-532-1675

John Middlebrook
Vice President
General Motors
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Detroit, MI 48265-3000
TEL: 313-556-5000
FAX: 248-696-7300

Janine M. Bousquette
Chief Marketing Officer
Sears
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TEL: 847-286-2500
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Kelly Mankin
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Detroit, MI 48226
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FAX: 313-237-8490

Cheri Carpenter
Media Contact
Starcom MediaVest
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Chicago, IL 60601
TEL: 312.220.6218
FAX: 312.220.6530

Bob Lilley
Vice President, Media Marketing
Optimedia
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
TEL: 212-820-3161
FAX: 212-820-3300

Charles Courtier
Worldwide Executive Chairman
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New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-474-0000
FAX: 212-474-0001

Robert Mancini
Executive Director
Ford Motor Media
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Detroit, MI, 48226-3428
TEL: 313-964-3800
FAX: 313-845-6073

Marc Goldstein
Chief Executive Officer
MindShare
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New York, NY 10018
TEL: 646-756-4000
FAX: 646-756-4060

Mike Vogel
Chief Executive Officer
PHD Detroit
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Peter M. Butterfield
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KIA
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Richard D. Fairbank
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Jay Carothers
Chairman and CEO
Levitz
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FAX: (631) 927-1780

John Stratton
VP & Chief Mktg Officer
Verizon
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Bedminster, NJ 07921-2120
TEL: (800) 214-3555
FAX: (908) 306-7766

John F. Antioco
Chm & CEO
Blockbuster
1201 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75270-2102
TEL: (214) 854-3000
FAX:

Yukitoshi Funo
Pres
TOYOTA
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Torrance, CA 90501-1106
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FAX: (310) 468-7800

Eric Milledge
Company Group Chairman
LifeScan, Inc.
1000 Gibraltar Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
TEL: (408) 263-9789
FAX:

Jim Julow
Vice President
Dodge Magnum/Dakota,
DamlierChysler Corp
1000 Chrysler Dr
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
TEL: (248) 576-5741
FAX: (248) 512-2817

Emil J. Brolick
President
Taco Bell
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Irvine, CA 92614-6253
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Marc Covent
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And here’s a link to more FOX News sponsors.

I’ll post more contact info as I get it.

18 comments to “It IS true: Ron Paul Is Being Excluded From The FOX News Debate”

  1. Comment by RiverRat:

    Thanks for all the clarification. I’m not really surprised by this and actually thought they would have done it earlier, like before he raised almost $20M in a quarter and before he became so popular. Thanks again.

  2. Comment by Joe Sheehy:

    I have sent the following reply to everyone of the Fox news list:
    You people have the audacity to call yourselves an American news reporting agency????? Your pompous exclusion of the popular ever-rising Republican candidate Ron Paul from a Fox News Forum reeks of FASCISM in every sense of the word………..forcible suppression of the opposition!!! Have you people forgot you are Americans in a free society???

    Believe it or not, the backlash from such abominable treatment of a man who has a lifelong history of serving America, will only fuel the fire in all Americans who are fed up with corporate run government and bias main stream media such as yours.

    Freedom of choice is why I love America and your obnoxious, deliberate suppression of that fact just reaffirms the revelation of how far this country has regressed.

    Thank you for flaming my support of Ron Paul!!!

    Joe Sheehy

  3. Comment by Maverick:

    It’s good to see FOX demonstrating once again how fair and balanced it is.

  4. Comment by Collin 28:

    Heh everyone who believe in Dr. Paul and in FREEDOM, email everyone on this list.
    I just did and this is my message —

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – According to the New Hampshire State Republican Party and an Associated Press report, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be excluded from an upcoming forum of Republican candidates to be broadcast by Fox News on January 6, 2008.

    Please include Dr. Paul for your upcoming forum on January 6th. According to my research he is a top tier candidate.

    Thanks

    J Collin Towers
    Attorney at Law
    Orlando, FL

    SEND OUT AS MANY EMAILS AS YOU CAN — LET THE VOICE OF FREEDOM BE HEARD. THIS DOES IT — I WILL NO LONGER WATCH OR SUPPORT FOX NEWS.

  5. Comment by zaira:

    We should stage a rally outside of the Fox News Channel building. There is no reason why the channel shouldn’t publicity explain to the American people WHY he is being excluded. If there are people outside of the building, rallying and no other channels cover than it can safely be assumed that the reason he is excluded is because of what he is saying. HE IS TALKING ABOUT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES, PEOPLE, please wake up.

  6. Comment by Doug R:

    This is the link to an international poll on Ron Paul. It shows people all over the world overwhelmingly support Ron Paul. E mail this link to Fox and its advertisers and let them know there will be consequences for their suppression.
    http://www.whowouldtheworldelect.com/

  7. Comment by Vivian:

    Hi,
    It doesn’t suprise me that FOX would pull something like this, it’s been obvious from the beginning how they operate. (and I will write to them) but what I don’t get it why the NH GOP is going along with it. I know you said the NH GOP is not the right outlet to complain to but I think they are. I dropped out of politics about 20 years ago and wasn’t aware that FOX and the msm started picking our presidents for us. The GOP needs to put their foot down and either insist on allowing Dr. Paul to participate OR get another broadcaster to handle it. It’s insane that they would act so helpless. Thanks for listning.

  8. Comment by T. Shadrach:

    Looks like the shit hammer is about to drop on Fox. About time. (and it looks like Carlos Emezcua couldn’t have picked a worse time to change employers).

  9. Comment by Boycott for Freedom 2008 » Blog Archive » Fox Executive Contact Compilation:

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  10. Comment by Mary Helburn:

    A boycott of advertisers is a broom that hurts all, including one of the most vocal supporters of Dr. Paul. I refer to Overstock.com and Dr. Patrick Byrne who is a valient and honorable person who has taken up battle with the most criminal elements of Wall Street. I willl contact Fox and send them my comments about excluding the only rational candidate we have.

  11. Comment by mesler:

    All,

    Please sign up on the boycott site to show our numbers.

    http://boycott4freedom08.com

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  13. Comment by Chris Eischen:

    I am selling all stock and any mutual fund with fox stock!

  14. Comment by cr shiplett:

    Further proof that FOX is simply a fascist mouthpiece for the neo-cons. Dr. Paul is the only candidate I’ve listened to who understands “government by the people, for the people”. Hopefully, the blowback from this tactic will serve as a wake up call to the rest of america. Give ‘em hell Dr. No!!

  15. Comment by disgusted voter:

    if fox “news” has excluded or omitted including Ron Paul in their televised debate,
    then they can count me out as a viewer…ever. Fox news is now a poor excuse for an independent informative source for American citizenry. “fair and balanced” ?!?!?..what a crock. conflicted, compromised and captured is more apt. FOX journalists…bought and paid for…pimping for the elite & moneyed owners. yeah, that’s the state of amerika now…sold out to the highest bidder. our systems are being decimated. our elections are sound bite jokes.
    you want to know why the professional media is losing out to the internet. cuz it has no freedom of the press anymore. it spouts what big business gubmint tells it to do.
    big media is now just a useless tool of the “influential”.
    amerika has been killed by captured capital markets. and word is getting out without you.

  16. Comment by Dresden718:

    Dear FoxNews & Newscorp,

    I am outraged that you have excluded the top Republican fund raiser from the debate you are having. It is egregiously apparent to everyone that you are having lower candidates in the debate and have excluded the top fund raiser due to an unfair bias you have towards his platform. It is unjust and unethical for you to make such a decision instead of brining it all candidates and letting the people decide which platform and candidate they will support. Effective immediately I am refraining from viewing any and all content provided by the fox news network and boycotting FoxNews and all FoxNews advertisers. I am telling all friends and family to do the same until Ron Paul appears in the debate. If your final debate lineup does not include Ron Paul this will be a permanent boycott until serious steps are taken on your part to regain your credibility.

    Sincerely,

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