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2012-05-14 02:06:55 PM
Haven't they made Ron into an unperson yet?
 
2012-05-14 02:13:07 PM
Ron Paul supporters are some of the most paranoid people I've ever met. We need a Kucinich/Paul ticket to really do this right.
 
2012-05-14 02:30:39 PM
I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?
 
2012-05-14 02:31:18 PM
I'm not a Ron Paul hater, but is it possible he accidentally said the wrong name? He looked like he was phoning in his effort anyway...

Maybe not. He did kinda take a pause before saying Mitt...
 
2012-05-14 02:33:13 PM
I'm not a Ron Paul fan but not a fan of MSM swaying opinion either.. Let his supporters speak..
 
2012-05-14 02:48:32 PM

timujin: Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


I once had a journalism professor who told me that no matter what I wrote, no matter what I did, none of my opinions would be as popular as someone seeing their name in the paper or seeing a friend interviewed on the news.

Given that every news organization in the world is in the business of being popular, why do you think some random twit's tweets are on the news?
 
2012-05-14 02:53:55 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


seononsense.com
"Why does anyone care about the political thoughts of some anonymous idiot?"

www.justjon.net
"I think it's so great that a genius can participate anonymously in the shaping of politics through online conversations."
 
2012-05-14 03:05:55 PM

Theaetetus: "I think it's so great that a genius can participate anonymously in the shaping of politics through online conversations."


The only problem is that it gives idiots and geniuses the same capability to direct the conversation.
 
2012-05-14 03:11:19 PM

timujin: Theaetetus: "I think it's so great that a genius can participate anonymously in the shaping of politics through online conversations."

The only problem is that it gives idiots and geniuses the same capability to direct the conversation.


Ah, but how do we tell the difference?

img.fark.net
/anyone who pays $5 a month to generate content is probably on the idiot side of the equation
 
2012-05-14 03:46:56 PM
That seemed pretty intentional.

How much do you suppose the Romney campaign is paying him?
Or is it a SuperPAC writing the checks?
 
2012-05-14 03:48:56 PM
my god, think of all of the potential ron paul votes that were dashed away by that subterfuge. a properly read @HinesJimmy tweet would have changed EVERYTHING.
 
2012-05-14 03:59:13 PM
I've gotta admit I'm pretty surprised that C-SPAN would do this, especially when you consider the nutjobs that regularly call into the show and are probably Ron Paul supporters.
 
2012-05-14 04:11:50 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-14 04:12:39 PM
I hope they accurately attributed "getting some fixin's for my salad" to Ashton Kutcher. I'd hate for something like a tweet to be misattributed. This is important.
 
2012-05-14 04:14:05 PM

styckx: I'm not a Ron Paul fan but not a fan of MSM swaying opinion either.. Let his supporters speak..


Sure. Now just name something they have to say that's worthwhile to the national conversation.
 
2012-05-14 04:16:34 PM
If it wasn't for the persecution complex, they'd have nothing
 
2012-05-14 04:17:32 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


I second what you're saying, but since they apparently do care enough to put random tweets on the news I have another question. How hard is it to find a tweet that supports Mitt Romney? If you're so hard intent to quote a tweet that supports Mitt Romney, why don't you just find one and use that? Why the obvious deceit?

There's no way that was a mistake. That was intentionally misquoting someone to fit an agenda.
 
2012-05-14 04:17:55 PM
An announcement from Rep. Ron Paul indicates that the Republican presidential candidate will no longer actively campaign for the GOP nomination, but will continue to work to secure delegates at upcoming Republican state conventions

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/14/breaking-ron-paul-to -e nd-active-campaigning/
 
2012-05-14 04:20:06 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news?


Because it takes time and resources to create actual professional stories. That's why everyone's moving toward "user-generated content" like ripped Facebook pictures and rambling opinions from retards with an agenda -- it may be shiat, but it's free!

/bitter ex-media person
 
2012-05-14 04:22:36 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


So it's no different from the news' usual commentary then.
 
2012-05-14 04:25:14 PM

WalkingSnake: I'm not a Ron Paul hater, but is it possible he accidentally said the wrong name? He looked like he was phoning in his effort anyway...

Maybe not. He did kinda take a pause before saying Mitt...


My guess - He was reading the tweet straight off the monitor, half way through looked back at towards the camera because he had memorized the rest and since all of the talk is Obama/Romney, he just mistakenly came out with Romney. If you listen to the video, he immediately transitions into a different subject, so he was clearly thinking ahead at the moment he said Mitt Romney.

I don't think there is some big anti-RonPaul conspiracy going on here, subby.

Rug Doctor: timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news?

Because it takes time and resources to create actual professional stories. That's why everyone's moving toward "user-generated content" like ripped Facebook pictures and rambling opinions from retards with an agenda -- it may be shiat, but it's free!


These.
The real question is why do people keep watching this shiat? The news networks give us shiat because we still watch it, there is no great demand for high quality news.
 
2012-05-14 04:27:24 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: There's no way that was a mistake. That was intentionally misquoting someone to fit an agenda.


then why choose that tweet to broadcast in the first place? why not just choose a pro-romney tweet. i have to believe there were any number of pro-romney tweets to choose from that were just as broad and vapid as the pro-paul one they chose.
 
2012-05-14 04:37:41 PM
Yeah, that guy needs a one or two week timeout.
 
2012-05-14 04:39:39 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


I hate Twitter with a passion, I think it is the dumbest thing around, no more so than when politicians try and use it for news bites and then wonder why they are taken out of context. It's the dumbing down of the planet. There's a reason that the root word is "twit", etc...

That said, I DO like that part of America is that everyone gets a say in the discussion. 99.99% of the people who speak up are brain dead morons, but I still like the concept. Now if they could just quit using Twitter to do it, maybe sit down and generate an actual letter to the editor like back in 'the day', so they might have a few more minutes to contemplate what they're saying, it would be better...
 
2012-05-14 04:40:05 PM

thomps: Don't Troll Me Bro!: There's no way that was a mistake. That was intentionally misquoting someone to fit an agenda.

then why choose that tweet to broadcast in the first place? why not just choose a pro-romney tweet. i have to believe there were any number of pro-romney tweets to choose from that were just as broad and vapid as the pro-paul one they chose.


That's what I was getting at. If you're that bent on quoting a pro-Romney tweet, it shouldn't be hard to find one.
 
2012-05-14 04:47:10 PM
This wouldn't bother me as much if it happened on FOX News, but CSPAN?
 
2012-05-14 04:50:34 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: That's what I was getting at. If you're that bent on quoting a pro-Romney tweet, it shouldn't be hard to find one.


it's not that hard to switch romney in that sentence given that the target of the tweet was Romney with the secondary object being RON PAUL.

Is it so difficult to consider a guy that reads many hours each week (is it 10? maybe) made a Freudian slip?

C-SPAN is the definition of temperament and fair chance for all voices to be heard in America today.

If don't believe that statement watch Washington Week and listen to the callers. You're a stronger man than me if you can make it through an hour without twitching because you realize your side may have bigger nuts than anyone else's side (doesn't matter which side you are on, it will be represented and you will be embarrassed).
 
2012-05-14 04:51:55 PM
"Look, I know you're sure it was Ron Paul, but our investigation demonstrated conclusively that it was swamp gas and/ or a weather balloon. Don't worry, though. If Ron Paul really is out there, we're going to find him."
 
2012-05-14 05:05:03 PM
Right... so, a news anchor that has to trudge through the mind-numbingly tedious task of reading random dipshiats' tweets on air accidentally says "Mitt Romney" instead of "RON PAUL," and the only logical reason is that they were intentionally trying to make everyone think that said random dipshiat's tweet actually supported Mitt Romney instead of RON PAUL.

Because that one tweet, if attributed properly would have begun the tide that would sweep RON PAUL into the White House, if not for the huge, extremely poorly hidden conspiracy of misattributed tweets.


Makes perfect sense.
Shine on, you crazy farks.
 
2012-05-14 05:13:21 PM

yourgodsucks: Right... so, a news anchor that has to trudge through the mind-numbingly tedious task of reading random dipshiats' tweets on air accidentally says "Mitt Romney" instead of "RON PAUL," and the only logical reason is that they were intentionally trying to make everyone think that said random dipshiat's tweet actually supported Mitt Romney instead of RON PAUL.

Because that one tweet, if attributed properly would have begun the tide that would sweep RON PAUL into the White House, if not for the huge, extremely poorly hidden conspiracy of misattributed tweets.


Makes perfect sense.
Shine on, you crazy farks.


No, it wouldn't have but at least we know who supports truth and who supports revisionism.

Sheeple can't see the spin.

/not a Ron Paul fan.
 
2012-05-14 05:16:13 PM
Here's my current theory: the Secret Masters Of The World lowly peons whose poorly-paid job it is to orchestrate open online surveys, straw polls and other equally gameable inanities have become so psychically exhausted from constantly being zerg-rushed by Ron Paul supporters that they've actually developed a serious mental block for the man's name.
 
2012-05-14 05:23:22 PM

Gimli_Gloin:
No, it wouldn't have but at least we know who supports truth and who supports revisionism.

Sheeple can't see the spin.

/not a Ron Paul fan.


Well, I'm impressed.
I can't even guess at what point you're trying to make here.
 
2012-05-14 05:26:23 PM
It's a conspiracy!
 
2012-05-14 05:26:25 PM
That's why Fox News writes their own tweets to report on.....much less risky.
 
2012-05-14 05:53:26 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


.

I ask that same question when people like Cher or any other celeb opens thier mouth
 
2012-05-14 06:08:17 PM
They had another one where they simply omitted Ron Paul from some poll results even though he came in 2nd. I think that was CBS, though.

There may be something to the "the media is out to suppress RON PAUL" theory. We so readily believe every other flavor of bias, why not this one?
 
2012-05-14 06:38:20 PM

timujin: Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


The short answer is that actually reporting the news is expensive, so it's cheaper to fill airtime with tweets and fat dog videos from YouTube, as they cost you nothing to produce or air, and in the age of 24 hour news cycles and cable news channels, they have way too much time to fill.

The other part is that the news outlets feel they missed out during the creation of the "blogosphere" and they don't wan to get left behind again. What they ignore is that people started reading other people's blogs because the American news media does such a shiatty job of actually reporting the news.

Watch one of the network nightly news shows, and you'll find it 40 filler by content, with another 40% being news from other sources and MAYBE 20% original reporting.
 
2012-05-14 07:50:46 PM
If it were Fox News I might believe it was intentional, only because of their track record of not even trying to cover up their bald-faced lies and manipulation of the news. Bill O'Reilly trying to pass off footage from San Diego as coming from the Madison, WI protests despite the presence of palm trees comes to mind ("just add a blue-filter and suddenly it's February in Wisconsin!").

I think CNBC is smart enough that, if they were intending to run DERP for Mitt Romney, they'd just pick a tweet that ran DERP for Mitt Romney, rather than doing a search/replace of RON PAUL's name on-the-fly.
 
2012-05-14 07:53:29 PM

unlikely: That seemed pretty intentional.

How much do you suppose the Romney campaign is paying him?


$250,000.
 
2012-05-14 08:12:44 PM
"/anyone who pays $5 a month to generate content is probably on the idiot side of the equation"


This is the most brilliant post I've ever read on Fark. No, on the whole intarwebz.
 
2012-05-14 08:31:14 PM
I once had a snarky tweet about a TV show wind up in the Chicago Tribune, which convinced me even more than I was already convinced as to the uselessness of tweets as part of discourse. Something that I threw out there with almost zero thought about "The Event," a show that by that point I was only watching because I wanted to see just how bad it could get, really didn't contribute anything, but it was given the same weight as the opinion of a professional TV critic. But, it fit the narrative of the article, so my half-assed snark got quoted. Just like every cable news channel picks the tweets to read that fit their narrative, whether or not there has been any thought whatsoever put into it.
 
2012-05-14 10:08:15 PM

thomps: Don't Troll Me Bro!: There's no way that was a mistake. That was intentionally misquoting someone to fit an agenda.

then why choose that tweet to broadcast in the first place? why not just choose a pro-romney tweet. i have to believe there were any number of pro-romney tweets to choose from that were just as broad and vapid as the pro-paul one they chose.


I don't think they are reading the Tweets directly. I wouldn't be surprised if an intern is typing them into the TelePrompter, mostly so the anchor doesn't get hung up trying to read some dipshiat's gibberish... I'm betting that someone (Besides the anchor) did it, either for a political reason, or to embarrass either the network or the anchor. It makes more sense than the anchor thinking he can fool people. Being that the mistake would be obvious when it showed, I'm thinking that it was to intentionally embarrass...
 
2012-05-14 10:16:08 PM

Mikey1969: thomps: Don't Troll Me Bro!: There's no way that was a mistake. That was intentionally misquoting someone to fit an agenda.

then why choose that tweet to broadcast in the first place? why not just choose a pro-romney tweet. i have to believe there were any number of pro-romney tweets to choose from that were just as broad and vapid as the pro-paul one they chose.

I don't think they are reading the Tweets directly. I wouldn't be surprised if an intern is typing them into the TelePrompter, mostly so the anchor doesn't get hung up trying to read some dipshiat's gibberish... I'm betting that someone (Besides the anchor) did it, either for a political reason, or to embarrass either the network or the anchor. It makes more sense than the anchor thinking he can fool people. Being that the mistake would be obvious when it showed, I'm thinking that it was to intentionally embarrass...


Or he just developed some temporary conceptual aphasia and replaced {Republican Candidate} with {Republican Nominee}
 
2012-05-14 10:27:57 PM
If it was FOX. I would assume it was on purpose.
But this guy on C-SPAN is not known for such shenanigans.

I think it was an accident.
 
2012-05-14 10:31:39 PM
Probably a brain fart after reading the "flip flop" comment.
The first thing you think of is Mitt Romney when you read "flip flop", and that overrode what he had read.
 
2012-05-14 10:36:58 PM
I'm just surprised anyone was even watching C-SPAN to notice.
 
2012-05-14 11:20:16 PM
Never put down to malice that which can be attributed to incompetence.
 
2012-05-14 11:27:27 PM

cepson: Never put down to malice that which can be attributed to incompetence.


Incompetence gets you fired. Malice gets you promoted.

Well, ok, incompetence doesn't really get you fired.
 
2012-05-14 11:38:47 PM

timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?


~from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

TOM
Bernadette of the Bernadette blog, says "Studio 60 seldom rose to the level of Saturday Night Live at its best. The hiring of Matthew Albie and Daniel Tripp is a sideshow. and that Wes' eloquent and courageous sign off last week should've served as the final nail in the show's coughin." And though she spelled coughin "o-u-g-h" I think I understand what she means.

SIMON
Stop reading the internet.

TOM
Bernadette of the Bernadette blog!

SIMON
Bernadette is writing this in her pajamas. Tommy, why do you care? She's got a freezer full of Jenny Craig and she's surrounded by her five cats.

TOM
The New York Times is going to quote Bernadette so that the people can be heard. And the Times can demonstrate they're not the media elite. I prefer when they were elite. I'm a fan of credentials. It's like we've all spent the last five years living a Roger Corman film called Revenge of the Hack. I have to care about the internet, Sim, you know why? Because everyone else does.
 
2012-05-15 01:53:30 AM

Mikey1969: timujin: I've never had a satisfactory answer to this, so I ask again:

Why the fark are random twit's tweets on the news? Why does anyone care what RonnyTheWizard23 has to say about politics? How is this substantive commentary?

I hate Twitter with a passion, I think it is the dumbest thing around, no more so than when politicians try and use it for news bites and then wonder why they are taken out of context. It's the dumbing down of the planet. There's a reason that the root word is "twit", etc...

That said, I DO like that part of America is that everyone gets a say in the discussion. 99.99% of the people who speak up are brain dead morons, but I still like the concept. Now if they could just quit using Twitter to do it, maybe sit down and generate an actual letter to the editor like back in 'the day', so they might have a few more minutes to contemplate what they're saying, it would be better...


The interesting thing here is how the hell a 140 character vignette can be taken out of context.
 
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