Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fox News, South Carolina GOP Brush Off Duncan Hunter


January 10, 2008

Are you comfortable with the notion of the News Media deciding what candidates may run for public office? If not, you need to play close attention to what is going on in regards to the “debates” now ongoing as candidates vie for the party’s nomination.

Congressman Duncan Hunter, long shot candidate for the presidency in 2008, is being slighted, first by ABC and twice now by Fox News, the so-called, much vaunted “Fair and Balanced” network.

Congressman Hunter was not allowed into the January 4, 2007 New Hampshire Republican Debate, being blocked in the nation’s first primary and drawing the ire of the New Hampshire GOP. The New Hampshire GOP rightfully withdrew their support for the debate, citing party Chairman Fergus Cullen, “Limiting the number of candidates who are invited to participate in debates is not consistent with the tradition of the first-in-the-nation primary. The level playing field requires that all candidates be given an equal opportunity to participate - not just a select few determined by the media prior to any votes being cast.”

That debate was focusing on the subject of Illegal Immigration, a subject that none of the candidates knows or understands better than Congressman Hunter. At the time of the debate, only three men in America had Republican delegates for President, Hunter being one of them. Candidates who had yet to gain any delegates were included in the debates, expanding their exposure in this all-important election.

ABC spokesman said, “the candidates left out of the debates failed to meet benchmarks for their support that were outlined to each campaign prior to the Iowa caucus.” Having already obtained delegates isn’t showing any support, I guess. Having none is, if you have placed a certain level in the media’s own polls.

Again tonight, Fox sponsored a “debate” in South Carolina for Republicans, except for Congressman Hunter. Unlike New Hampshire, The South Carolina GOP did not protest the exclusion. Hunter has paid the required $25,000 fee to register as a candidate in South Carolina, but is blocked by Fox and the S.C. GOP?

This is nothing more than the media deciding for us, regardless of party. They excluded Democrats Kucinich and Gavel in earlier Debates as well as Ron Paul, who was included in tonight’s debate in spite of having gained not one single delegate.

Are we Americans not permitted to see what each candidate stands for before voting? Are we to simply rely on what is broadcast or printed by the same media we don’t trust to accurately report the War on Terror?

Hunter has campaigned to secure our borders and is committed to fighting illegal immigration. His record on this is second to none. In fact, he is heads above all the rest in fighting illegal immigration. He has campaigned against the unfair trade practices of China, taking into consideration all the jobs lost by Americans to overseas concerns. He pledges to negotiate fair trade deals, returning many jobs to America.

He has been in the House of Representatives for 27 years now, fighting steadily for conservative measures and is the former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He consistently came down on the side of the “Foot Soldier,” not the Pentagon Brass.

He has a strong message America NEEDS to hear, if we are to remain a free nation and leader of the Free World.

From the earliest “Debates,” Congressman Hunter has been effectively ignored by the media sources sponsoring the debates. Even then, if he was lucky enough to be asked a question, we didn’t hear pat answers, rehearsed by him. We received straight from the heart and off the cuff replies to whatever subject he was asked. His answers were consistently honest, straightforward and strong.

In spite of that, the same media virtually ignored him in reports about the debates, denying readers and viewers a clear picture of who all was running and what they stood for. Now, apparently, they have decided his campaign is over and moved on, even though there are some 48 more primaries to go.

Have we gotten so complacent that we allow knucklehead executives in the media to decide who we even get to vote for? Can voters make informed decisions without knowing what each candidate actually stands for?

Fox News has been the most disappointing of all. I am coming to believe that all the Liberals that referred them as “Faux News,” were more right than I previously admitted.

Early on the morning of January 7, 2007, Congressman Hunter sent out a message saying he was to make a Major Announcement concerning his campaign. Eulogies and praise for finally getting out of the way of the media favored, cherry picked candidates commenced almost immediately. Much to their chagrin and causing many to dine on crow that evening, he blasted the media treatment he has been receiving and vowed to stay in the running.

Many have said since the beginning of this campaign that no one from the House could be elected because they never have been before. Seems to me we once thought a Draft Dodger could never be elected either.

Seeing the wrong of the media’s acts of excluding candidates, GodVoter.org is calling on David Westin, President of ABC News and Roger Ailes, Chairman of Fox News and former media consultant for Rudy Giuliani, to apologize to the nation’s voters for their networks’ influencing the 2008 presidential race. If they fail to apologize, GodVoter.org calls on Disney and News Corp to replace them.

What does it say about the other candidates that they willfully submit to this and do not reject media cherry picking? What does it say about voters that we continue to let this go without objection?

If we allow the media to continue cherry picking candidates for us, instead of us choosing who we desire, why bother with voting at all? Why not just let the media choose for us, since they are cherry picking the candidates we get to choose from and we the sheeple just fall in behind their lead. We don't trust their reporting of the news from the War on Terror, but fully trust whom they allow us to vote for? Wake up America, we are being played like a cheap guitar.

Lew

UPDATE: They have succeeded. From Duncan Hunter's campaign,

MEDIA ALERT

Congressman Duncan Hunter returns to San Diego tonight,

Saturday January 19, 2008

Media Opportunity at 8:00 PM (PST)

Broadway Pier at the end of Broadway St, San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2008

CONTACT: Gary Becks (619) 334-1655, garybecks@yahoo.com
San Diego, Calif.

We started this campaign a year ago right here, in San Diego Harbor, against the backdrop of American Naval power. We launched a campaign emphasizing a strong national defense, enforceable borders and restoring the industrial base of America.

Today we end this campaign. The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2% of the vote for me. I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it's time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.

It's time for me to gear up for 2008's defense bill that will be put together over the coming weeks. There is work to be done in the areas of troop protection and new capabilities to be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And over the horizon, the emergence of Communist China as a military super power will require a new emphasis on U.S. capabilities in undersea warfare, space, and long range air-power.
The best way to maintain a new era of peace is for the U.S. to remain strong. Over the coming year I will endeavor to help craft a defense bill that meets the new security challenges.

Since our campaign began over 200,000 additional manufacturing jobs have been lost. 1.8 million jobs have left the U.S. for China. This fracturing of the U.S. industrial base is a long term threat to America. I hope that the remaining candidates will recognize it and address it. As the senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, I will seek to address it.

Only hours ago a border patrolman was killed in the California Desert. This tragedy emphasizes more than ever the compelling case for the completion of the border fence. Since I wrote the bill that mandates 854 miles of double border fence only a few miles have been constructed. Over the next year in Congress I will do everything in my power to get that fence built.

Finally, for Lynn and me, the campaign over the last year has shown us this: America is a wonderful country. Our people have great character and goodness, and the meeting of new friends has enriched our lives.

The failure of our campaign to gain traction is mine and mine alone. But we have driven the issues of national security, the border fence, the emergence of China and the need to reverse bad trade policy. Because of that, this campaign has been very worthwhile, and for the Hunter family, a lot of fun.

To our friends and supporters and volunteers: many thanks. And now it's time for me to focus on developing a 2008 defense bill that serves our troops and our nation.
Thanks, and God Bless America.

Duncan Hunter

8 comments:

Land of Da Free said...

I love Duncan Hunter. He is an excellent congressman and has served this country well. But I agree with the decision to exclude him from the debate. If this was December and no votes has been cast then I would say Hunter should participate. However, he received virtually no votes in Iowa or New Hampshire. At this point, he has no shot at the nomination and would only be taking valuable time. The quality of the debates has also improved dramatically since fewer candidates were involved.

Lew Waters said...

After only one primary and two caucuses, you would throw in the towel?

Ron paul hasn't received a single delegate yet. Hunter received one in Wyoming with an alternate. Yet, Paul was the SC Debate and the NH debate had even more that hadn't won any delegates.

Are we to select presidents now based on media polls?

Don't forget, it was these same media's who from the outset chose to all but ignore him.

Sorry, but we haven't seen a real debate yet. Many of those who are invited have taken Hunter's positions only lately and don't have the record he does, but he is less qualified? Doesn't add up.

Like many others, you too make the claim of how good Hunter is, but I imagine never once supported him. That becomes a matter of following the media instead of choosing the best candidate.

You're being played by the media who is deciding who we end up with in the White House. As long as we follow their lead, don't be too surprised to see Hillary sitting back there with Bill by her side.

If that happens, don't say you weren't warned.

Land of Da Free said...

I'm not throwing in the towel - I support Fred Thompson. If Fred was not in the race, I would support Hunter.

Lew Waters said...

Even Thompson, my second choice, doesn't share the strong record of Hunter.

But, my whole point is, when do we, the voters, go back to choosing candidates and not he biased media?

Even F-O-X has turned away from their right wing roots a bit. A few weeks ago, I stopped by their "You Decide 2008" page and clicked on "Latest News For Duncan Hunter."

Out of the 5 links there, not one was about Hunter, each and every one led back to Democrats.

I complained i email and asked others too as well. Still, it took them a couple days to remove the links and they left the page blank for several more days.

How was Hunter ever supposed to gain any attention when the media decided long ago that he wasn't going to get it?

Many people I speak to seeking a true conservative are amazed when I give them Hunter literature, they hadn't hear or read of him in the media.

Is that "Fair and Balanced?" Is that "We Report, You Decide?"

Rightwingwacko said...

Hunter deserves to be in jail with his partner in crime Randy Duke Cunningham.

Lew Waters said...

You lefties are so laughable, wacko. You can't tie Hunter to Cunningham, but that doesn't stop the rhetoric, does it?

BTW, when do the Clintons serve time for their crimes? What about Sandy berger for stealing and destroying classified documents?

Shall we keep going?

irtexas44 said...

Lew,

I didn't take the poll because I don't watch MSM and I don't need the aggravation and I don't believe them anyway. If MSNBC choose's to make Overbite and the idiot Matthews their spokes person's that's my first clue.

When the Clintonist's open their mouths I have this little button on my remote that turns them off.

I have talked to some other's an I don't know why Hunter isn't fighting? Paul is a mystery to me. My choices are being narrowed down for me. McCain is a hero and I know the whole story but he likes jumping in the sack with to many libs. There are no "D's" on my list. I have sent emails to each one of the "R's" and slapped them around about the dirty politics. They are getting to sound like the D's.

All I know this is going to be a very long year. They are already dancing on my last good nerve. The 900 new polls every hour is beyond me. So at this point I will wait and see who is the last one standing. Kinda like the OK corral. I also find that if a D changes their minds every other week it's fine. But if an R changed their minds 30 years ago it's an all out attack. I know the thing with Hitlery and her big gottca that Obama wrote and essay in kindergarden about his wanting to be president was way out there. I don't remember kindergarden or writing an essay. My kids either. I guess he was way a head of himself. She is about the scarist thing on the planet. I don't think any 5 years olds don't want to be president, policeman, fireman or spaceman. I think most of the media is off the wall anyway.

The DNC cutting off states about the primary dates and not letting the canidates that don't make enough money can't be included in the so called debates is ridiculous. I still don't know why we have to pay them when they are on the campaign trail? They aren't doing their jobs they were elected to do while they are out beating the bushs for another job? They barely do when they are there.

I'll probably stop smoking when they can stop drugs, illegals, crime, gangs, fence, earmarks an etc. Until then leave me alone.

Lew Waters said...

irtexas, Hunter is fighting, but he remains ignored, even by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, who is crying for a true conservative.

A lengthy article but good info is at Flip-Floppers Need Not Apply