Monday, August 15, 2011

Ron Paul remains media poison - Roger Simon -

Ron Paul remains media poison - Roger Simon - - Aug. 15, 2011:

"There are so many “top tier” stories in the media today that I can barely count them, let alone read them all, and Bachmann is in all of them by virtue of her victory at Ames. The rest of the tier is made up of two candidates who skipped Ames.... As The Daily Beast put it: 'The new top tier of Bachmann, Perry, and Romney ... has unleashed torrents of talk about the reshaped race.'

"Paul’s name was not mentioned in this piece nor in many others. A Wall Street Journal editorial Monday magnanimously granted Paul’s showing in the straw poll a parenthetical dismissal: '(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.)'...

"I am far from a Libertarian. I believe big government is swell as long as it does big things to help the common good. But after Ames, it was as if Paul had been sentenced to the Phantom Zone.

"Bachmann appeared on five Sunday shows following Ames. Paul appeared on none. POLITICO’s Kasie Hunt was one of the few reporters to do a separate story on Paul’s showing at the straw poll, but to most of the media he remained an exotic, unworthy of attention....

But if Bachmann’s victory at Ames was good enough to gain her enormous publicity and top-tier status, why was Paul’s virtual tie good enough only to relegate him to being ignored?"

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