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NBC should fire Donald Trump or hire Ron Paul

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NBC should fire Donald Trump for the same reason I have suggested
Fox News should remove Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and any other
candidate or potential candidate. I think it is disgraceful for NBC to
promote Trump's show to make money for NBC while Trump uses NBC
to promote his candidacy and make money for himself.

since the media appear to be wholly corrupt and incestuous, let me make
the counterproposal that NBC, CNBC and MSNBC should give Ron Paul his
own show, as they give Trump his.

Ron Paul's ratings, given a
cable show, would be huge. Far more than any show on MSNBC and probably
more than most shows on Fox! Paul has millions of devoted supporters
who would surely watch the Ron Paul show. It would be a ratings smash!
I mean this literally. It would be.

Moreover, Dr. Paul could use
his show to discuss very serious issues, such as the lack of disclosure
of trillions of dollars of bailout money, the use of bailout money to
bail out foreign banks at U.S. taxpayer expense and the cost to
the taxpayers of military ventures abroad.

I am not agreeing
with Paul's views. At times I do; often I do not. But think about it:
Imagine a cable news show that would actually talk about serious
matters, in serious ways, which would be a ratings blockbuster!

presidential politics, I predict unequivocally that the beautifully
coiffured and formerly bankrupt Trump will never, under
any circumstances, run for president. He will never, in a million
years, file the financial disclosure forms required of a potential
president. You heard it here.

As for Dr. Paul, his financial
haul in the last quarter was huge, in the range of $3 million, more
than Mitt Romney. If he runs for president, which now seems more
likely, he could well be one of the three Republican finalists while
the bouffant birther and former bankrupt will ultimately stick to
firing wannabes on television, unless he implodes, as Glenn Beck did,
and is fired first.

If NBC insists on continuing its promotion
of Trump on the public airwaves, there would far higher ratings, with
far more viewers, and far greater profits, if NBC would also give
Dr. Paul a show of his own. Serious libertarians and conservatives
would flock to a serious show discussing serious matters in a
serious way. Judging by Dr. Paul's large grassroots army, the show
would be a ratings smash.

(originally published at The Hill)
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