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In The Middle Of Irene, Fox News Showcases Ron Paul's Desire To Abolish FEMA

Reported by Ellen - August 28, 2011 -

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Fox News Sunday chose Republican gadfly Ron Paul for today’s chapter of their “2012 One on One” series showcasing interviewing Republican presidential candidates – right in the middle of 24/7 Irene coverage that was sure to upstage him. Not surprisingly, host Chris Wallace led off by confronting Paul for his comments saying he’d like to abolish FEMA.

In response to Wallace’s challenge as to whether or not Paul would “really, at this point, do away with FEMA,” Paul responded:

Have you ever read the reports that came out of New Orleans and all those wonderful things they did? Giving checks to people who didn’t even live there? …Sending in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of trailers that they had to junk because they didn’t meet FEMA standards? No, it’s a system of bureaucratic central economic planning which is a policy which is deeply flawed. … I mean, this idea that government can just bail out everybody.

Paul went on to say he’d propose to “transition” away from FEMA and “tide people over until we come to our senses and realize that FEMA’s been around since 1978. It has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever… We’ve conditioned our people that FEMA will take care of us and everything will be OK… We’re out of money… So this idea that the bleeding heart’ll say, ‘Well, we have to take care of them.’ I mean the whole idea of FEMA is a gross distortion of insurance.”

However, Paul made a serious point, that because FEMA insures what a private company will not, it essentially encourages “people to build on beaches and then you have to go and rescue them.”

But, of course, Wallace didn’t show any interest in that. He changed the subject to discuss the political horse race – and to discount Paul’s candidacy. “Are you in this to win it?” Wallace later asked, “or is it enough for you just to shape the debate?”

Wallace did go back to substance with a discussion about Libya and economics and near the end of the interview, he threw Paul a bone by asking, “Do you think your criticism may have led (Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke) to pull back?”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Paul supporter, although I do applaud his willingness to speak out frankly and adopt politically incorrect positions without flinching or hesitation. But mostly I support a media that places informing over sensationalizing, entertaining and inflaming.

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