MTV Pretends Poetry Night Was Ron Paul Event

Organizers outraged over weird article

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2012 4:30 PM CST

(Newser) – It sounds like the perfect quirky political story: Ron Paul supporters gather in a New Hampshire bar ahead of the primaries for a slam poetry reading. It didn't happen or anything, but you wouldn't know it if you read this MTV piece about a reading that took place last night in Manchester. MTV wrote that the event was "in honor of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul," quoting several gushing Paul fans.

There's just one problem: The event's organizers tell the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that it wasn't a Paul rally, and estimate that in a crowd of 50-70 people, only four or five were Paul supporters. They say MTV even took lines from poems out of context to make them appear pro-Paul. "There was definitely a liberal slant to most of what was read," says one organizer, adding that MTV "was fully aware of what type of show was going on, and just chose to ignore it."

Ron Paul holds a campaign town hall meeting with employees of Timberland LLC the day before the state primary January 9, 2012 in Stratham, New Hampshire.
Ron Paul holds a campaign town hall meeting with employees of Timberland LLC the day before the state primary January 9, 2012 in Stratham, New Hampshire.   (Getty Images)
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