Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ron Paul Channel Paywall Draws Criticism

Two Freedom Feens talk radio hosts argue that "Ron Paul's Pay Wall Makes Him A Dinosaur Thrashing In The Tar Pits." An excerpt:

"He's trying to make it look like Fox News... And it's like-- it doesn't really work... What I think would be better is just him in his office, in his cozy home. I don't want Ron Paul trying to look like a talking head. I want Ron Paul being Ron Paul."

"Although there is something to be said like Ben Swann said when we interviewed him, that there are visual cues; there are these subconscious things that make people think, 'Oh, this is news,' but I don't really know if Ron Paul's audience in general falls for that, and if the idea is not to preach to the choir, the people that already love him who are going to be the ones paying ten dollars a month to see this, but it's to spread the message, then why are you having people pay ten dollars to see this, right? If the idea is to spread the word, how are you going to convince somebody who hates Ron Paul and thinks he's some right-wing conspiracist [sic] and doesn't understand the concept of liberty to pay ten dollars. Someone who thinks he's funded by the Koch brothers is not going to pay ten dollars to watch the Ron Paul Channel."

"...if he wants to just spread liberty, he should give it away... I'm not saying it's the only ethical thing to do, but the smart thing to do in this day and age is to give everything away and find out other ways to make money and not even worry about it, maybe even still have a day job."

At the DailyPaul, one user wrote in defense of Ron Paul Channel's pay wall:

"Spare Me the Agony Over $10 Per Month for the Ron Paul Channel

I see so many people complaining about the price of Ron Paul's new channel being $10 per month. I subscribed not only to see what it has to offer, but also because I don't mind giving Dr. Paul $10 a month (for at least a few months) to see how the channel progresses. Think about it - $10 is the amount you'd spend eating out for lunch one day.

I can understand people being hesitant to donate to campaigns if your candidate doesn't get elected and feeling like you received nothing in return, but for $10 a month you ARE getting something in return. Unfiltered, honest news from undoubtedly the most intelligent host of any news program.

I'd really like to see the channel grow to be 24/7 with various programs and honest reporting, but for now will settle for Dr. Paul's commentary."

Some commenters disagreed:

wtf
Submitted by Clint on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 18:04.

"I'm SO sick of the pro RP Channel people trying to guilt the rest of us into subscribing. The name of the game on the internet is FREE content. Get it!

We are supposed to give to Campaign for Liberty, LibertyPAC, Rands campaigns, Amash, Cruz et al., and now Ron's channel...WTF!"

Prison Planet TV

Submitted by Brent Hartman on Sun, 08/18/2013 - 10:44.

$5.95 a month, and you get to share your subscription with 10 friends. I see people on the DP attacking Alex Jones for profiting off the liberty movement, but Alex Jones subscription TV has way more content, for a much lower price, and he encourages to share with 10 other people to help spread the message. $5.95 a month for 11 subscriptions vs. $110.00 a month for 11 subscriptions.