A reporter at the Pentagon press room was caught on tape making controversial remarks about presidential candidate Ron Paul.
“See this room? Two-thirds of us laid off when Ron Paul becomes president,” he said.
The reporter, who likely covers U.S. defense, meant that Paul’s noninterventionist policy will result in less military activities, which would lead to job losses for reporters covering the military.
The reporter and the colleagues he was talking to were laughing about the comments on Ron Paul. It is unclear if the reporter meant his comment as a light-hearted joke or an expression of his contempt for Paul.
Paul supporters have often complained that reporters and the media in general treat Paul unfairly; they ignore, mock and belittle him. This reporter’s comment certainly does not help to dispel the perception of bias.
Jokes aside, a victory for Paul would indeed upset the establishment and threaten the welfare of many in power.
Federal Reserve employees, the big banks who benefit from the Federal Reserve, for-profit prisons and detention centers (yes, they do exist in America) and those who benefit from U.S. military adventurism (perhaps people like the reporter caught on tape) would all arguably be threatened by a Paul presidency.
Ironically, U.S. soldiers themselves are big supporters of Ron Paul. Individuals associated with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy are his biggest donors.
“I’m really excited about a lot of [Ron Paul's] ideas, especially when it comes to bringing the soldiers homes. I’ve been serving for 10 years now. All ten years of those have been during war time. I’d like to see a little bit of peace time,” said Cpl. Jesse Thorsen of the U.S. Army in a CNN interview.