Take a look at the chart on the left (Original Graphic from Twiiter user: @Samuel_E_Amer located here: http://twitpic.com/86hxpn).
Now, to be fair, It is unclear whether or not Gov. Romney currently or recently had any dealings with Bain Capital. However, we do know that they have contributed to his various political campaigns. I am not saying this is a bad thing, we here at Libertyology do not fault companies or individuals for contributing to their candidate of choice. But what is suspect is the company's investment in Clear Channel Media. As many of you who follow conservative talk radio know Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Hannity, and Mr. Beck who seem ideologically supportive of the liberty movement in their words and actions are taking a hardline anti-Paul stance. But seem to give Romney a pass. I have not heard them once mention that their parent company, Clear Channel is partly owned by Bain Capital, before launching into their attacks on Paul. I think this is an important statement for them to make, because they are not being upfront with their viewers. If you cannot provide an unbiased view to the electorate than you should not be providing your view at all. I understand they are providing their views from a conservative perspective, but does Romney speak to the soul of small government conservatives? I challenge all Republican voters, especially those in South Carolina to take a step back for a moment and ask themselves: Am I being influenced by people that are more interested in profit than principles?
Out of the three commentators listed above I give Hannity a pass, mainly because I do not believe he is capable of formulating his own opinion and he is just full of used and distorted rhetoric. However, the actions and statements by Limbaugh and Beck are inexcusable. I like many other young conservatives grew up listening to Rush, he shaped my political philosophy. My disdain for corrupt politicians probably came from ideas Rush preached on his shows in the 90s. Beck continues to label himself as an against the grain libertarianesque commentator when in reality he is probably closer to a big government shill and fraud. He endorsed Santorum and Bachmann; did he even look at their records?
Mark Levin is actually apart of the Cumulus Media Network, which I do not believe is associated with Clear Channel.
Draw your own conclusions.
My conclusion is that this does not bode well for the conservative movement or the Republican Party.
Thank you CNN, Fox, and MSNBC for reporting this. (Sarcasm intended)