Ron Paul’s Media Blackout

Ron Paul finished just behind Michele Bachmann in Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll, yet the mainstream media chose to downright ignore this impressive achievement. And while it is extremely unlikely that Rep. Paul will win the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, his strong showing in Iowa should keep his candidacy alive for a little while longer. Moving forward, Rep. Paul is likely to be an irritant for the top tier GOP presidential candidates (Romney, Perry and Bachmann), and that is newsworthy. Politico’s Keach Hagey discusses Team Paul’s frustration.

Ron Paul finished just 152 votes behind Michele Bachmann in the Ames Straw Poll, but from the headlines and TV news coverage, it’s hard to tell he even showed up.

With the exception of The New York Times and The Des Moines Register, most major newspaper headlines didn’t even mention his name in their reports of Saturday’s contest. Nor was he anywhere to be found on the Sunday morning talk shows.

“We are certainly disappointed, and we think that people are missing a very big story here,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign manager. “You look at ’07, and Mike Huckabee was able to turn what was a very weak second place — Mitt Romney had 4,516 votes and Huckabee had 2,587 — into a huge national story.”

“I think everybody is scared of Ron Paul,” Benton said. “Ron Paul is now a viable candidate for the president of the U.S., granted a long shot, but a viable shot. And he would shake everything up, including long-held dogma in the press.”


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