Wayne Root’s Interview on Willie Cunningham Show

Wayne Root was interviewed Tuesday on the Willie Cunningham Show on WLW 700 AM,  Cincinnati, a 50,000 watt clear frequency station, the largest station in Ohio and the Tri-State of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Some examples of reactions from Libertarian Party of Ohio’s membership:

“Ohio LP talked up by Wayne BIG TIME!”
— Kalin Stipe, Libertarian Party of Ohio


“GREAT JOB by Wayne Allyn Root today on Ohio radio station.  Wayne hit both economic and the social issues.”
— Kevin Knedler, Ohio LPO State Chair Executive Committee

The interview can be found beginning at 15:50 minutes into the linked podcast.

http://www.700wlw.com/player/?station=WLW-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=bill_cunningham.xml&mid=22006116

Wayne Roots answers questions about what is a libertarian, talks about economic and personal freedom, criticizes Republicans and Democrats for growing government, talks up Gary Johnson, applauds LP of Ohio candidates for earning 1,000,000 votes in 2010, and promotes medical marijuana legalization.

Folks in Ohio report that the live performance is even better than the podcast, which includes only about two-thirds of the interview — the station edited out portions, including where Wayne Root provides reviews on Gary Johnson’s performance as Governor.

 

38 thoughts on “Wayne Root’s Interview on Willie Cunningham Show

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    “Wayne Roots answers questions about what is a libertarian … talks about economic and personal “freedom … criticizes Republicans and Democrats for growing government … talks up Gary Johnson … the lessor of two evils is not good enough … applauds LP of Ohio candidates for earning 1,000,000 votes in 2010 … political parties do not own your vote, they have to earn it … Americans deserve a choice … promotes medical marijuana legalization …”

    This paragraph is written in Wayne’s style of writing. I wonder if he wrote the article, or if Aaron has simply adopted Wayne’s style? Interesting.

  2. Nate

    @1: Do you know the one about the lessor of two weevils?

    How about the vulture who can’t board the plane with two dead opossums because carrion is limited to one piece.

    I once entered ten puns in a joke contest hoping at least one would win, but sadly no pun in ten did.

  3. Hardy

    @1 listen to the radio interview. It starts at 13:50 minutes in.

    Root did better. I thought he was only going to focus on his fiscal issues, but he did cover some personal freedom issues also.

  4. John Jay Myers

    Most of the party was outraged by a guy who went on the radio clearly expressing no understanding of why this party exists, and now we are going to be pleased as punch that he did a make up interview?

    Seriously, in the core of Wayne’s soul, like deep down where it matters, he doesn’t care about this party, he is only concerned with himself.

    This interview isn’t about helping the party, it is about self preservation.

    His apologies were pathetic and self aggrandizing, I feel like there are some who feel like I protest to much about Wayne and his clan, but when there is something so wrong with the guy, something so weird, like for instance, why is a guy who is so completely out of touch with this Party so die hard to control it?

    (Also, this title is obviously bias….just sayin’)

  5. Kevin Knedler

    John Jay, please book some time on Willie Cunningham or other Ohio stations.
    Let us know.
    We put out advance notice to LPO members, if we are told in advance.
    Thank you.

  6. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Yes, John Jay, the title is biased. But that’s to be expected from Aaron Starr.

    Root will be Root.

    And Starr and Cohen will spin for Root.

    And the usual crowd (which includes you and me) will turn out to hold Root’s feet to the fire.

    It’s wearysome, but Root is relentless, and so, we must be likewise.

  7. Mark Hilgenberg

    I am not a fan of conservative talk radio but I gave it a listen.

    All in all I would say it was good, especially for his target audience.

    I do think he misrepresents our fiscal alliance with the GOP a bit much. Most conservatives promote limits on regulations of corporations except for regulations which help to limit their liability and promote concentrations of corporate power.

    This is very different than the Libertarian idea of removing government protections and privileges for corporations.

    The Obama stuff at the end was not good. We should not be in a debate trying to side with one team or the other regarding who is a socialist or fascist. The reality is that both teams are just plain vanilla authoritarians who will use whatever means to gain more power and control.

  8. Aaron Starr

    @1

    Thanks for pointing out the typo. I have corrected it. I should try to write stories earlier in the evening.

    @2

    Jill, yes, I really wrote it (including the typo).

    Great observation about writing style.

  9. Kevin Knedler

    Aaron, you mention 15:50 as a start time. It is actually 13:50 as a start time on the podcast.
    Thank you.

  10. Rob Joyce

    Wayne is an embarrassment period. An embarrassment to those who seek freedom. Please do us a favor and just leave us alone.

  11. Alan Pyeatt

    “John Jay, please book some time on Willie Cunningham or other Ohio stations.
    Let us know.”

    Is everybody else as tired of this red herring as I am? First, it doesn’t address John Jay Myers’ comments, it avoids them. Second, it doesn’t address the concern that WAR gets so many appearances on MSM because he says what the MSM wants Americans to hear, not because he’s such a great spokesman for liberty.

  12. Thane Eichenauer

    JJM@5
    “Seriously, in the core of Wayne’s soul, like deep down where it matters, he doesn’t care about this party, he is only concerned with himself.”

    You can’t know this. I am disappointed that you would make such an assertion.

  13. John Jay Myers

    Thane, I am sorry you are disappointed but Wayne’s actions speak for themselves, and from his core he doesn’t believe in what this party stands for. So then you have to ask… why does he want to be a part of it?

  14. Thane Eichenauer

    If you want to critique my actions or Root’s actions go ahead but nobody other than Wayne Root knows his intent. Wayne Allyn Root has written a 348 page book on his libertarian beliefs. If the first 88 pages are representative of his beliefs then I have every reason to believe that his interest in advocating for a just and limited government is every bit as passionate as my own. I encourage you to pick up a copy of his book The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution and read a few chapters and see if you still have the same opinion as to his political beliefs. [I borrowed by copy from my local government operated library.]

    P.S. I have read his Millionaire Republican book as well so that I could be fully informed as to Wayne Root’s past beliefs.

  15. John Jay Myers

    Thane, thank you for making my point, Wayne has a book out that he contradicts on a daily basis. Wayne has told me to my face that he doesn’t believe in the foreign policy laid out in his book.

    “John, you realize we can’t leave the Middle East we have to protect Israel”.

    So…. what else you got?

  16. Carol Moore

    Maybe I should make up a one page PDF called KEEP WAYNE ROOT OFF THE LNC (and VP slot too) with a list of all the obnoxious unlibertarian things he’s done last two years and intrepid souls can distribute it at the convention as I would if someone paid my way and hotel room and pay someone to do housework/bidding for my roommate with his broken foot and take care of the dogs… sigh… ENCOURAGE ME THREE PEOPLE AND I’LL DO IT…(Especially if YOU promise to distribute it). If someone else is doing it, tell me and I’ll send them some stuff they might have missed. libertyATcarolmoore.net It will be even hotter than the stuff Marc Montoni recently posted about Gary Johnson, who at least is a nicer guy than Root and who wouldn’t send people around yelling about “child molestation” against competitors. (Or so we pray. Do report from convention.)

  17. Jill Pyeatt

    Carol, I urge you to write it up. I’m still not convinced that Root doesn’t plan to be GJ’s vp (assuming Johnson’s gets the candidacy gig, which is still only an assumption.)
    Okay, that’s 2 people urging you: do we have a third?

  18. Jill Pyeatt

    And today I’ll weigh in on Wayne’s radio interview, which is the purpose of this thread:

    This is a decent interview. As far as damage control, however, this doesn’t cut it. Nor did WAR’s 12 minute introduction to Gary Johnson’s 15 minute speech last week. And the apology he wrote for IPR “I’m sorry for the confusion my words caused” wasn’t an apology. Again, if my kid or one of my employees said that as an apology, I’d give them a big FAIL.

    This is just my opinion but, hey, my vote is just as important as anyone else’s.

  19. paulie

    And the usual crowd (which includes you and me) will turn out to hold Root’s feet to the fire.

    http://www.pride-unlimited.com/probono/idioms1.html

    Hold your feet to the fire

    Pertains to torture used during the Crusades. As a method for extracting confession for heresy, non-believers were positioned in a manner that allowed the inquisitor to apply flames to the feet of the accused. This was done until the accused confessed or died.

    Check out the other idioms and their origins at the above page 🙂

  20. paulie

    Second, it doesn’t address the concern that WAR gets so many appearances on MSM because he says what the MSM wants Americans to hear, not because he’s such a great spokesman for liberty.

    He gets so many appearances because he works hard at getting appearances, knows how to be an entertaining guest, and spends some money on a publicist.

    Hardcore libertarians can get these types of media appearances. Harry Browne, for example.

    For many of the less known shows it is as easy as picking up the phone and calling their producers and asking to be on. For the bigger shows, you have to be a little more persistent, show them a resume of other shows you have been on, call more than once etc.

    Granted a lot of people don’t have money for a publicist, but they could pitch in and hire one as a group.

    Becoming an entertaining guest is mostly a matter of practice; do it enough and you’ll probably get pretty good at it, or at least a lot better than you are when you start out.

    Persistence is the biggest thing, and thing I like most about Wayne. I have the same ideological qualms with him as many people here, but I think getting media attention is important and I have to give someone points for doing all the hard work of making it actually happen.

    There are no shortage of libertarians or near-libertarians that would “say what MSM wants Americans to hear” yet they don’t get on near as many shows as Wayne does.

    The attitude of giving up and presuming the media will not allow us to get on just because of our beliefs is what I am most disappointed with as far as hardcore ideologically pure libertarians go.

    Browne was pretty hardcore, yet he was able to get media. Other libertarians who are not in the LP, Lew Rockwell for example, have no trouble getting media when they want to be interviewed.

    It’s not entirely, or even mostly, our opinions per se that keep us from getting booked; it’s mostly lack of trying, or lack of trying hard enough.

  21. Greg

    Paulie, do you honestly believe that if WAR consistently espoused a principled libertarian philosophy he would be given anywhere close to as much airtime as he currently gets? He is a tool used by Team Red cheerleaders to keep disaffected conservatives in the Republican fold. His reward for his subservience is he is given a decent-sized platform to market his lame books.

    Yes, principled libertarians could probably do a better job of working the media. But even the example you provide of “success” in this area (Lew Rockwell) is hardly impressive. As far as I can tell he is largely relegated to libertarian niche shows hosted by people like Stossel, Napolitano and Schiff.

    Like Wayne, the CATO/Reason crowd is more “acceptable” to the corporate-media when they want to trot out a libertarian spokesman. Do you think this is because they have some sort of special social skills more doctrinaire libertarians do not? No, it is because they are part of the beltway and do not present any real threat to the status-quo.

  22. paulie

    Paulie, do you honestly believe that if WAR consistently espoused a principled libertarian philosophy he would be given anywhere close to as much airtime as he currently gets?

    Yes, Harry Browne among others certainly proved that it is possible, so why not?

    Yes, principled libertarians could probably do a better job of working the media.

    Probably? I’d say definitely, much.

    But even the example you provide of “success” in this area (Lew Rockwell) is hardly impressive. As far as I can tell he is largely relegated to libertarian niche shows hosted by people like Stossel, Napolitano and Schiff.

    I also mentioned Browne, and I don’t think Rockwell puts much energy into getting non-libertarian media.

    Like Wayne, the CATO/Reason crowd is more “acceptable” to the corporate-media when they want to trot out a libertarian spokesman. Do you think this is because they have some sort of special social skills more doctrinaire libertarians do not? No, it is because they are part of the beltway and do not present any real threat to the status-quo.

    I think it’s mainly because they make more of an effort to get media coverage than any other factor.

  23. John Jay Myers

    Paulie, I only sort of agree, Wayne gets most of his air time and media because he is willing to say the radical right wing rhetoric that the media likes to inflame people with.

    For example hand selected as the resident fool on the Daily Show. Or the Obama trial he was going testify at. Or the Mosque issue he was on the wrong side of completely. Or being Obama’s roommate (or whatever). Or when he just agrees to say crazy things with nothing to back them up on Fox News, sounds good to people who hate Obama, but most of it doesn’t pass the smell test.

  24. Alan Pyeatt

    FWIW, I think Murray Rothbard had a very clear understanding of what we now call the Main Stream Media when he coined the phrase, “Court Intellectuals.” He spelled out how it functions very well in the essay, “The Anatomy of the State” (http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard62.html).

    I think there is plenty of evidence to support his view, the best evidence being the coverage (or non-coverage) MSM gives to issues and candidates like Ron Paul. But if that’s not enough for you, there are plenty of other sources, for example: http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php, http://mtracy9.tripod.com/cia_instructions.htm (see quotes on last page), etc., etc.

    That doesn’t mean we should give up. It means that, in order to get a bona fide libertarian message out, we have to emphasize alternative media, not the MSM. We have to support libertarian-friendly media like Freedom’s Phoenix, Antiwar.com, LRN.FM, and hopefully RonPaulRadio.com. And we have to EFFECTIVELY protect alternative news sources from assaults like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA.

    Just like SOPA, PIPA, and the NDAA, once the cat is out of the bag and an issue is all over the internet, THEN the MSM sources will cover it, although they will still try to spin it and minimize its importance.

    The revolution may not be televised, but as long as we have a free internet, it can be podcast.

  25. Alan Pyeatt

    Oh damn, I just noticed that I was very remiss not to mention another libertarian-friendly media outlet we should all support: Independent Political Report!

    My bad.

  26. paulie

    JJM

    So what was Harry Browne?

    AP,

    Ron Paul gets plenty of press – much more than even Wayne Root, I would hazard a guess.

    I’m all for supporting alternative media, but I don’t think traditional media should be ignored either, and I don’t believe they will always ignore us if we keep knocking on their doors. While some of the fault does lie with their biases, much of it lies with us for not trying hard enough.

  27. Alan Pyeatt

    Paulie, Ron Paul has been virtually ignored the last couple of weeks, even though he’s been campaigning hard and has just scored wins in Minnesota and Colorado. How do you suppose the media whiteout will affect his fundraising? Can this POSSIBLY be an accident?

    Didn’t you see Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” episode, where he showed how obvious it is that Dr. Paul was being ignored? This is not an accident.

    I agree with you that traditional media should not be ignored, and that we need to do a far better job of marketing our ideas, our candidates, and our party. But a realistic strategy has to take account of the environment we’re operating in.

  28. Thane Eichenauer

    Carol Moore@19
    I am urge-e number three. If you put it out I’ll make sure all the LP convention attendees from the Phoenix, Arizona area get a paper and e-copy of it. I would also recommend making sure Mr. Root got a copy as well if only as a quick reminder about what not to talk about “on air” (or “off air” for that matter).

  29. paulie

    Paulie, Ron Paul has been virtually ignored the last couple of weeks, even though he’s been campaigning hard and has just scored wins in Minnesota and Colorado.

    The Republican race is effectively over, so the media have moved on to looking more at the general election campaign. Since it appears highly unlikely right now that Ron Paul will be on the ballot in November, it is entirely logical that he is getting a lot less coverage than he was back when it could be reasonably expected that he had at least some kind of chance on the order of the other candidates being allowed in the debates. Will that affect his FR? Probably a lot less so than the media ceasing to pay attention to some other candidates, e.g. Gingrich has on theirs.

    And while Dr. Paul is retiring from Congress and in all likelihood from running for president, I suspect he will not be retiring from media appearances and will almost certainly do many TV, radio and print interviews for years to come.

    Didn’t you see Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” episode, where he showed how obvious it is that Dr. Paul was being ignored?

    I missed it, but yes, it’s obvious, and for obvious reasons.

    I did catch another segment they did, where Gingrich was portrayed as having moved his campaign into a van and passing out in a donut induced coma.

    The larger point I was trying to make is that Ron Paul, Harry Browne, and others can get media, it’s not just Wayne Root or his exact ideology that you have to have to get appearances. Even Carol Moore was on Nightline.

    So, “the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves”, at least for the most part.

  30. paulie

    Oh damn, I just noticed that I was very remiss not to mention another libertarian-friendly media outlet we should all support: Independent Political Report!

    My bad.

    Thank you for your support 🙂

  31. Carol Moore

    Thanks for the URGES to write it. Of course, I’m so behind on so many things…but at least I can do a couple of easy uploads and links to a bunch of relevant IPR articles…. Will report….

  32. Ayn R. Key

    Paulie, before you say it is about libertarians not contacting the media, I have to say it is more likely a case of “both”. Libertarians could do more to reach out to the media, and Root gets his share not just because he does more to reach out to the media.

    To me it looks like a great big case of both. He’s a salesman who is selling interviews with Root, and he is selling something that the media is willing to buy.

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