Ron Paul ‘death’ moment: No ‘audience’ reaction

At the CNN-Tea Party Express debate on Monday night, host Wolf Blitzer and candidate Ron Paul went back and forth over a hypothetical: What if a man who decided not to buy health insurance somehow ended up in a coma?

Paul responded with his usual platitudes about freedom and risks. Blitzer, though, wanted an actual answer: “Congressman, are you saying society should just let him die?” Then came the moment that’s been churned in various headlines on the Internet. Examples:

Culture of Life? Tea Party Cheers Death of Uninsured

Tea party audience cheers letting the uninsured die

Tea party crowd cheers death

CNN/Tea Party Debate Audience Cheers Letting Uninsured Comatose Man Die

Audience at tea party debate cheers leaving uninsured to die

A fact-check is required here. Have a look at the clip:

The voices that can be heard in the video — perhaps two or three of them — don’t constitute an “audience” reaction. There were 1,100 people in the crowd. The episode is the clumsy work of a few loons or meatheads in the audience.

A fine headline would read: “Debate hecklers cheer death of uninsured.”

Under what circumstances would it be fair to characterize the “audience” as cheering something gloomy? Well, recent events furnish a handy case study.

During the Sept. 7 NBC/Politico GOP debate, Brian Williams made U.S. political history by merely…


Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at and his film production work at

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