Ron Paul Supporters Invade LA Times Festival of Books, Make Asses of Themselves

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Just like their candidate, Ron Paul supporters don't seem to know the meaning of the words "sit down."

It took an auditorium full of annoyed bookish types to start yelling this command during the Q&A session of the Narrating Disaster panel at this past weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for not one, but two avid Ron Paul supporters who began shouting accusatory remarks at no one in particular.

It all started because Robert Scheer was on the panel, nestled between Amy Wilentz, the author of several books, and Joel Achenbach, who recently wrote the book A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea about the BP Oil Spill. For more detail about just how out of place Scheer was at this table, you might want to ask Wilentz, who didn't care to hide her sentiments on that subject. Suffice it to say that the only disaster Scheer seemed to have narrated was the absurdly tenacious political campaign of Ron Paul.

But where it really got out of hand was after Scheer had stopped his monologue for Q&A, a couple of minutes gracefully set aside by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel, the moderator of the panel, and the head of the Literary Journalism department at UC Irvine.

A woman approached the microphone, rattled off something off about where she's from, then dove straight into the Ron Paul talk. And it's not like she was saying anything against Scheer (much less to any of the other panelists, or God forbid, on the topic of disaster nonfiction narratives). About thirty seconds into her mumblings, people started to ask her to sit down.

"Please, do you have a question?" Siegel asked, calmly.

More mumbling, and then Scheer cut her off. Then more Ron Paul talk. Panel-goers fled the scene. Wilentz sighed into her microphone.

Next up was a man who, from the back of the auditorium, seemed to be wearing a blazer and jeans. Hope returned to those left in the auditorium that the panel might be back on its wayward track.

No dice. The man started delivering a tirade, endorsing Ron Paul and disparaging Paul's critics. Audible groans from the audience, and Siegel started urging the man to get to his question or sit down. Unlike the other lady, this dude was unfazed, bald spot wiggling in dogged political fervor as he spoke his piece. And then, something surprising from Siegel, the reserved, kind-eyed journalist.

"Sit down. Sit down. SIT. DOWN," Siegel finally called, voice risen now in concordance with the chorus in the chagrined crowd.

That was when the man turned around, exposing a black "RON PAUL 2012" T-shirt under his blazer and, before sitting down, pointed his finger at people around him, returning insults in the oh-so-mature method of spitting them back verbatim: "You sit down!" etc.

After he sat down, the venue was quiet for a moment, unsure if the panel could recover.

"Well, now I'm afraid to ask a question..." the next questioner said, meekly, before asking a short question directed towards the panel in general. Wait, was this a panel on disaster narratives? Oh, right.

Wilentz leaned over and whispered something to Barry, who chuckled -- the modest journalistic giant returning to his balanced, sweet candor as he ended the panel before anymore Ron Paul fanatics could filibuster again.

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arthur s
arthur s

 sadly the reality is the hate you are spewing has already had its' intended effect of fooling less interested parties into believing you somehow know more about the facts than you do. it's truly truly tragic. As Busharak Obamney continues to destroy our country as you act as their cheerleaders....tragic....

India Crap
India Crap

Ron Paul Republican cult savages are all shitting insane Christian loons.

mommytoalittleman
mommytoalittleman

The Military Complex owns the Media!! They stand no profit if war is stopped, if peace and trade relations are pushed with other countries!! The biased reporting is unsettling, as if you all have a hate for RP, there is no information to back up claims, just mean spirited journalist!! So again...your showing yourselves for who you truly are...bought and paid for fakes!! I can't wait until you all can't deny the strenght of the movement...when you have to write President Paul in one of your articles!! He's taking the delegates right now!! Those are what counts!! RON PAUL 2012!! 

Facehugger
Facehugger

Biased reporting? This is something that happened, because Ron Paul's idiot followers orchestrated it. It wasn't the military industrial complex, it was the Jews, it wasn't the NWO, it was the Ronbots; They did this to themselves. THEY made a mockery of themselves, not the news outlets who report this. Your knee-jerk reaction to respond to this with the same old tired "biased media" blah blah blah proves the point of the article.

Facehugger
Facehugger

Correction - It wasn't the Jews.

Rarian Rakista
Rarian Rakista

Ron Paul is a racist old man who should be confined to an old folk's home.  Anyone who supports his neo-confederate beliefs should be hunted down and have their guns taken away by force.   

We need to stop putting the FBI on these kids at the OWS and start making sure another libertarian extremist like Timothy McVeigh does not blow up another federal building.  

BoboJustus
BoboJustus

In a world of 7 billion people, and growing, depleting resources, a degrading environment, a greater and greater wealth gap between rich and poor Libertarianism is nothing but a childish wish that the world can not afford.

If a Libertarian creates an interstellar spacecraft and opens up the Universe to exploration, then maybe we can indulge in such fantasies, until then Libertarians are essentially the enemy of the earth.

Libertarianism is a uselessly abstract ideology of privilege for socially obtuse adolescent white guys.

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed,  and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."

L RON PAUL /LYNDON LAROUCHE 2012 !

Blaineaclark
Blaineaclark

Very Disappointed in the OC Paper. Very Rude 

Generalization of Ron Paul and his supporters.  I wont be reading this paper anymore.  Just like all the dishonest GOP and their real owners.  Trying to make Ron Paul look bad or not exist.  How does it feel to be an owned reporter?

Johnwood
Johnwood

 Sucks to be a Ron Paul supporter. Must be hard knowing your candidate will never see the light of a presidency while he still draws breath. =(

David Kleber
David Kleber

More news about the nasty Ron Paul supporters.Once again the MSM is being discredited.... "Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul won yesterday’s Louisiana caucus, securing an overwhelming majority of winnable delegates to the June Republican state convention."GO RON PAUL 2012 !!!

Jim
Jim

The Paulbots are f'ing deranged. Need proof? Read below.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"Do not be as the hypocrites are that teach in the synagogues (churches) and on the streets for they like and even love to stand on the corners and pray out loud to be seen by men, I tell you the truth they have recieved thier rewards in full". - Jesus Christ

ANationOfTattooedIlliterates
ANationOfTattooedIlliterates

I'm NOT surprised that the average American voter can't appreciate how Ron Paul stands HEAD & SHOULDERS above ALL the other candidates that ever existed..probably going as far back as Thomas Jefferson (no, Tom Jefferson was NOT on Dancing w/The Stars you idiots..google him).

This is because the average American voter couldn't find his/her own ass even if they used a ROADMAP and BOTH HANDS to look for it.

To back-up the above statement, I offer you GW Bush (twice!) as an example of chronic American stupidity.

 

Russell Stulir
Russell Stulir

This is funny. How many pages have you seen with REAL people supporting mitt romney. The ONLY support for romney ive seen is on the NEWS....THERE ARE MORE RON PAUL SUPPORTERS COMMENTING ON HIS FACEBOOK THAN THERE ARE ROMNEY SUPPORTERS..look that up. Its pretty funny how desperate you are to make Ron Paul look bad and also his supporters that you write an article as stupid as this. Its all because you see Ron Paul surging with support and you dont want america to catch on so you write stupid crap like this trying to make the cause look crazy. well in fact your crazy for not supporting Ron Paul he is the only candidate that will keep America free.

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

FACT:  Facebook comments are the only reliable measure of a political candidates popularity.

JerickBraa
JerickBraa

What do you stand for scoop editor?

All I read from you are either personal attacks or logical fallacies. Is it difficult to actually disagree with Ron Paul? Can you elaborate on a single issue of Dr Paul's that you disagree with?

I suspect you are too busy disagreeing with his supporters on comments you don't even know the issues you so adamantly oppose.

Seriously- every single one of your comments is filled with stupidity and hate. Its no wonder you can't support Ron Paul. The sad thing is Ron Paul supports your right to be a complete jerk on comments.

Jakegisme
Jakegisme

YOU GOT OWNED!Ron Paul all day, bitches!

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

 He really showed those folks at the LA Times Festival of Books.  They didn't know that they had all just made love to the Ron Paul REVOLUTION. 

BustaRhyme
BustaRhyme

There once was a young dipshit named Michael Chin,who feared that an honest candidate might win,so he wrote quite obliquely,for a rag named OCWeekly,while he sucks the cocks of his Goldman Sachs kin.

MeWriteBadArticleLongTime
MeWriteBadArticleLongTime

Was this 'article' originally published in Chinese & then translated?

I have to ask because in STANDARD ENGLISH it makes absolutely NO SENSE.

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

Wrong Paul's fanatical views don't make sense in ANY language.

YoureGonnaTakeOneOnTheChin
YoureGonnaTakeOneOnTheChin

It's almost as if Michael Chin took a random sampling of words, threw them all into a blender and subsequently had the results PUBLISHED.  Talk about making an ass of yourself...

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

Voting for an anti-choice, anti-education, racist loser?   Talk about having Wrong Paul's ass on your chin.

Nicholas DeAntonio
Nicholas DeAntonio

This is not journalism.  This is not even information.  I read this twice, got a headache, and I still don't understand the conclusion.  Nothing has been put into context; does anyone know if this even actually occurred?

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

I was there!  Wrong Paul fanatics were angry that the LA Times Festival of Books wasn't selling Wrong Paul's racist newsletters.  Also, the nachos sucked!

Matthew Petre
Matthew Petre

Does Amy Wilentz have something against Robert Scheer?  That's what you make this out to sound like, and the two Ron Paul supporters were coming to his defense?  The article is quite incoherent.

DanielSparkPlugTanure
DanielSparkPlugTanure

So... Why were the Ron Paul supporters upset, and what did they actually say? Seems like this would be important knowledge before agreeing with the "asses of themselves" assessment of the situation.

Not biased at all, this article, huh?

Matthew Petre
Matthew Petre

Yes, not the most descriptive and compelling narrative... perhaps he was at the book festival to learn to write.

Matthew Petre
Matthew Petre

R3VOLution is coming sooner than most of you ever suspect.  Want to talk about people making asses of themselves check the nightly news, the OC and other bloggers, USA Today, etc.  If you really believe in the complete and total corporatization of America, it's government, and values; then just continue to focus on ridiculing Dr. Paul and his many supporters.  Who is it you are trying to help and defend? 

I am getting to the point (mostly because of the blatant disregard for Dr. Paul in the media and the blatant disregard for 3rd parties for the last 80+ years) that I just assume you are a paid schill for the corporate powers that be (or unpaid and even sadder case.)

peaceloveunderstanding
peaceloveunderstanding

Ha. while I may not be a Paul supporter, I really just don't get how all of the people who criticized Bush, are Obama supporters. Bush was evil, maniacal, a liar and a war criminal, and Obama is just as bad - actually proving to be worse. People are soooooo afraid of being labeled racist or ignorant (or dealing with white guilt) that they blindly support Obama without realizing he is as Bad if not worse than Bush.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

If you do not support his policies and they ae his policies then don't vote for him, I did not vote for him so I did not vote. I never voted for George W.anker Bush either.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

If you do not support his policies and they are his policies then don't vote for him, I did not vote for him so I did not vote. I never voted for George W.anker Bush either.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

 2010 was the deadliest year so far in Afghanistan and it is now America's LONGEST WAR that George W.anker Bush STARTED and handed it over to Obama.

M
M

It's too late.

The end has already begun for the donklephant (the supposed "2 party system") establishment.

Weather or not Dr. Paul wins the nomination is of no consequence. The Paul campaign and it's supporters are like Navy Seal Team 6 vs the local PTA. We are infinitely more organized, motivated and educated about the election process. We are winning delegates at an exponential rate. We will not compromise on our values when it comes to the convention.

Our message is liberty. The message is infectious and once infected it is terminal. Once a Ron Paul / Rand Paul / Liberty convert we will NEVER switch back. We, just like the special forces are "force multipliers" we "infect" those around us with the message of liberty and those infected go forth and infect more. The establishment can play it's games and squeeze Ron Paul out of this election, but we have Rand Paul a young man cut from the same cloth that has a VERY VERY long political life ahead of him who we will support in exactly that same way as we have Dr. Paul.

So you see establishment, it's already over. The liberty infection takes hold at the very nature of all Americans and human beings...there is but one cure and that is to remove our chains and we are picking the locks right now. 

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

 SOMEONE AT THE OC WEAKLY NEEDS TO CREATE A DISLIKE OR ERASE BUTTON FOR THE BLOGS.. DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

 NE thingz aginst doktur paul is a discraze.  fir this repurter!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Am I right or am I wrong?Exchange between me and a room mate because she asked me to go do something by paying a bill for her and then when I returned she asked me what I was doing there and told her that I was back from paying the bill and told her that I had her change for her and then she goes off on me because I wanted to hand her the change and she gets all pissed off and tells me to put if somewhere and then says do you have to bother me about everything (so I just kept quiet) so I threw it at her door because she won't be nice and take the change so was I right in doing what I did or should I get arrested for throwing it at her door because she's a bitch.

Grumpy_gorilla2
Grumpy_gorilla2

Am I right or am I wrong?

Exchange between me and a room mate because she asked me to go do something by paying a bill for her and then when I returned she asked me what I was doing there and told her that I was back from paying the bill and told her that I had her change for her and then she goes off on me because I wanted to hand her the change and she get all pissed off and tells me to put if somewhere so I threw it at her door because she won't be nice and thke the change so was I right in doing what I did or should I get arrested for throwing it at her door because she's a bitch.

MN
MN

Mike Chin & the fascists that shouted "sit down" are the Hilarious Haters. Don't worry Chin & friends - we (the rest of humanity - including Ron Paul supporters) still love you & respect you. We support individual rights, personal freedom - and therefore respect the rights of both the individual who sought to support Ron Paul & those others who sought to impose their fascist thinking by silencing the voice of reason..MN

Rethinkyourself
Rethinkyourself

America has become a really sad place, and not because Ron Paul "fanatics" exist.

Scoop Editor
Scoop Editor

 mandatory abortions for ron paul supporters=america will be restored to greatness in short order

Brad
Brad

Not very journalistic of you to print something about people making "asses of themselves" without so much as giving them one quote in your article as evidence.

You relied entirely on your descriptions of audience and panel disgust to support you claim, which reads more like a pantomime with your narration - the narration of someone who was obviously anti-Ron Paul from the outset.

MN
MN

Why even bother? This was a hit piece - and the author has no sense of logic, rationality or reason. I bet Chin & his pals were similar to the ones that "boo-ed" Dr. Paul advising that US follow the "Golden Rule" in Foreign Policy..Apparently, it's okay for Chin & pals if one of the individuals in the meeting makes remarks on the Paul campaign - but it's not okay when another individual responds with an endorsement of the Paul campaign. This is exactly the opposite of the "Golden Rule"..MN

Ddtourtillott
Ddtourtillott

Everything out of California in the media is negative, chin get out of our freedom loving country, you sir are a smuck.

Smuck= the discarded foreskin from circumcision.

HitchRK
HitchRK

So a whopping TWO idiots did this and you're going to brand Ron Paul and all of his supporters by it? Real classy.

MN
MN

From that drivel can you really make out who was the "Idiot" - the way that piece is written, seems like chin & his pals are the REAL "hilarious haters" - the ones that hate freedom of other individuals.

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