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August 14, 2011

Ron Paul Campaign Alleges Media Bias in Politico Article Headline

by Stephen Littau

I saw this on my Facebook news feed from the Ron Paul FB page yesterday:

Now that I have had a chance to follow the link today, the Politico article headline now reads “Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll.”

It seems to me that Ron Paul’s supporters called them on it and Politico had the headline changed.

The Paul campaign does raise a great point here. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever seen a headline reporting on any contest that listed 1st and 3rd place while leaving out who came in 2nd. Then when you consider that 2nd place is a statistical tie (Bachmann beat Paul by only 152 votes) while Tim Pawlenty had 2,530 fewer votes than Bachmann, one has to wonder why the headline writer would write such a headline if s/he didn’t have some sort of anti-Paul (or pro-TPaw) bias.

Personally, I believe the bias is more than anti-Paul but anti-libertarian (or anti-anyone who doesn’t tow the big government Republican Party line). Ron Paul would be ignored the way Gary Johnson is if Paul didn’t have such a strong following or wasn’t competitive with establishment candidates (though I wouldn’t really call Bachmann an establishment candidate either). Even as Paul has as an impressive showing as he did in Iowa, there are still those in the MSM who treat him as though he is a 1%er who doesn’t merit any serious attention. It wasn’t that long ago that talk radio host/blogger Hugh Hewitt wanted the RNC to take over the debates and “exile” Ron Paul (along with Herman Cain and Gary Johnson) from the debates.

But in the end, the results are what they are. If the Iowa straw poll is any indication, Ron Paul is a force to be reckoned with in this primary battle. Tim Pawlenty wasn’t as encouraged by his 3rd place finish in the straw poll as perhaps the Politico headline writer was. In fact, Pawlenty was so disappointed in the results that today he dropped out of the race. Gary Johnson says Pawlenty “should be applauded for a great effort” and respects Pawlenty’s decision but also said “it’s too early to be picking winners and losers” indicating that he won’t be wrapping up his campaign anytime soon.

I tend to agree. It is still very early. Tim Pawlenty made his exit just a day after Rick Perry announced that he too is getting into the race. And who knows what Sarah Palin will do?

My frustration is that it seems that the media is trying to decide which candidates are worthy of being covered and which are not. Leaving Ron Paul out of a headline he logically should have been in or ignoring Gary Johnson almost entirely is but a couple of examples. Newt Gingrich had a very valid point in the Iowa debate when he said that the campaign coverage should have more to do with ideas than on the horse race aspect. I really couldn’t care less about the inside baseball B.S. concerning which campaign is losing staff members or who gives the best stump speech. What I want to know is how candidate x plans to govern as president or explain why s/he would be better for our liberty and our economy than the current president.

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Just as I was about the click on the publish button for the above post, I saw this video that I thought was very interesting and seems to confirm my suspicions about the media.

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24 Comments

  1. This is so true. Fox news for example gave more attention to Santorum saying that he did very well. He got only a third of the votes Paul did.

    Comment by James V — August 14, 2011 @ 10:04 pm
  2. WGN of Chicago continued the Ron Paul blackout. They were reporting on Pawlenty’s withdrawl when they said, “He dropped out after finishing in third behind Bachmann”.

    Comment by steve — August 14, 2011 @ 10:17 pm
  3. Vengeance will be swift. -LulzSec

    Comment by Help_us_Obi-Ron — August 14, 2011 @ 10:31 pm
  4. ron paul does not want to support israel so press is against him as israel runs the press like fox news. the chrisitans united for israel types (bachman) have only one goal in gaining american power and that is to support israel, google congress going to israel during break and be amazed that a good chunk are going to israel instead of back to support their american voters in these troubled times. they only have one interest, and it aint america and ron paul is their biggest worry and therefore they do not want ot get his wor out.

    Comment by catch on america — August 14, 2011 @ 10:36 pm
  5. This is proof the mainstream media picks the candidates. I was displeased that Gary Johnson was kicked out early on. They didn’t even give him a chance. Herman Cain is foreign policy illiterate but somehow manages to hang on.

    Ron Paul has been right about the economy. It isn’t the media’s call if he is electable or not. The primaries will decide if Republicans think he is electable or not. A handful of corporations pick the President each time. The internet is going to change that. I watched the debate and the other candidates don’t seem to understand what our AA+ rating meanings.

    What I think would be a good question is how do these corporations and interest groups benefit by destroying the United States? Who is going to subsidize their failures when the US is broke?

    Comment by Yup — August 14, 2011 @ 11:15 pm
  6. Thank you for covering this. The media’s negligence is so pervasive I can’t help but think it’s intentional. Their censorship is beyond irresponsible.

    Just a few more examples of the media’s lack of real credibility:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPpco4eMePQ&feature=youtu.be

    These were on Google news’ front page, neither mentions Ron Paul even once!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/politics/15repubs.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republican-race-snaps-into-focus-with-unlikely-top-tier-of-romney-bachmann-perry/2011/08/14/gIQAbiwvFJ_story.html

    They are deplorable and need to be held accountable.

    Comment by Younger Cato — August 14, 2011 @ 11:30 pm
  7. Corporate owned publishers and Networks are trying to Ignore th PINK elephant RON PAUL . I hope to god this upside down and down and out country can find the wisdom to vote with a consciounce this time and not for some popular speaker i.e. OBAMA .. the not so change president .. Who comes on the heals of the most lyingest president I think I have evr seen! Abortion and war …no difference if this is how you choose to waste your children america !! CHOOSE RON PAUL >>>END ALL WARS …. THE Boredr war 50,000 dead ,,,when does this become mass murder???????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by hal mason — August 15, 2011 @ 12:42 am
  8. I guess if Ron Paul went on the get the Republican nomination and then win the Presidential Election, the New York Times headline would be: SOMEBODY ELSE WON !!

    Comment by Glennito G. — August 15, 2011 @ 12:44 am
  9. When fascism goes to sleep it looks under the bed for Ron Paul.

    He has never taken a government junket. 

    He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program.

     He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every
    year. 

    He has never voted to raise taxes. 

    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. 

    He voted no to the bankster bailout.

    He voted no to raising the debt ceiling and warned us against
    the “Super Congress” part of the legislation that resembles both
    an “ Enabling Act” and a “Politburo.”

    He has never voted to restrict gun ownership. 

    He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay. 

    He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power. 

    He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic 

    He will END the unconstitutional FED. 

    He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately 

    He will secure the borders 

    He will limit Big Government in your private affairs 

    He will stop Illegal immigration and no amnesty 

    He voted against regulating the Internet

    He is the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country.

    He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam.

    Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the Texas Congressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S. soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.
     http://www.thestatecolumn.com/capito…-the-military/

    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberty and wealth are in jeopardy”  July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the un-patriotic so called Patriot Act. 

    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong military 

    He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional Conservative 

    He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him.

    We could have had a V8 instead of McCain’t in 08 

    Ron Paul for President 2012 

    Because no one else can be trusted to say what he
    means and do what he says like Ron Paul does.

    Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not
    laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the barbs. “First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you win.” Gandhi

    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of
    justice is no virtue!” Barry Goldwater”

    “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to
    promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs,
    but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I
    shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is libert and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.” Barry
    Goldwater

    Senator Barry Goldwater’s son, former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr. endorses Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been warning us for so long of the impending economic disaster we are seeing today, and he has been purposefully working to wake us to realize we
    must change our course to save the Republic. I take Ron Paul very seriously. He may not be the most polished public speaker, but he speaks the truth with unvarnished power; He needs no
    teleprompter to carry on an intelligent discourse for over two hours to a packed auditorium of twenty and thirty something voters! He may not be the  tallest, or the most strikingly
    handsome candidate, he doesn’t have “pretty hair”  but people want the Real Deal.
    Ron Paul is the real deal.

    Comment by Dave — August 15, 2011 @ 1:41 am
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  11. Even the UK…
    (BBC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNeLYhkPfdY
    (Sky News) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYE85E11wuw

    Comment by Gern B — August 15, 2011 @ 3:40 am
  12. A couple of comments:
    Regarding Politico’s headline, Politico began as a “horse-race” publication and has never changed. While their underlying political philosophy is progressive, the emphasis has always been on such things as personal polls and who is raising the most money. Scandal has played a secondary part. But they have always overlooked actual principles, except in their political cartoons which have been 100% progressive. (True, when they do address issues in an article, what they omit is always more interesting than what they say.)
    As to the media, in general, they are almost uniformly progressive. The Wall Street Journal, for example, in its front page Iowa article, mentioned the name Ron Paul one time. In their editorial they mentioned it, parenthetically, once : ” (Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.) ”
    ASIDE:
    Anyone wishing to link up through Google+ can look up Phil Sexton and I’ll help coordinate a Circle. Or if Brad Warbiany would like to do that, I’ll be glad to join him.

    Comment by Phil — August 15, 2011 @ 4:52 am
  13. Its really bad how the media tries to bury somebody.. But the public will just understand Fox News as a fly by night bias company. Who in the shadow hides a leader, they may not support
    but let the real truth and freedom be heard.

    Fox News all peoplke know just has no heart for truth and justice only Bull Shet hog wash.
    Vote stand for much and Fox news now make a bad choice to hide the truth, Nobody will now except
    future comments, when even themself lie and leave out a person by who they wish to be inb office.

    Its Fox News who the bad guy and now all the people see this person who is bias and incorrect
    in reporting the actual facts and not BS.

    The US Public shouldnt allow FOX NEWS to even take credit for anything.. except the LIES and corrupt reporting they do….

    Comment by Ron Paul — August 15, 2011 @ 6:06 am
  14. Its really bad how the media tries to bury somebody.. But the public will just understand Fox News as a fly by night bias company. Who in the shadow hides a leader, they may not support
    but let the real truth and freedom be heard.

    Fox News all peoplke know just has no heart for truth and justice only Bull Shet hog wash.
    Vote stand for much and Fox news now make a bad choice to hide the truth, Nobody will now except
    future comments, when even themself lie and leave out a person by who they wish to be inb office.

    Its Fox News who the bad guy and now all the people see this person who is bias and incorrect
    in reporting the actual facts and not BS.

    The US Public shouldnt allow FOX NEWS to even take credit for anything.. except the LIES and corrupt reporting they do….

    Comment by Ron — August 15, 2011 @ 6:09 am
  15. NPR never even mentioned his NAME… astonishing. The went on about the fact that Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are from the same state and yapped about state-level issues, but never even said Ron Paul’s name.

    Comment by Mary — August 15, 2011 @ 6:11 am
  16. T-Paw has a hoot-in-hell’s chance of winning, that’s why T-Paw must be in the headline!

    How doesn’t Politico’s and CNN’s logic satisfy you1!?

    Ron Paul’s supporters, please stop being dumb! You all need to realize, T-Paw is destined to be a winner, and he’s going all the way!

    This is a horse race, like Politico says, and the photo finish did not include Paul, but only Bachmann, T-Paw, and Perry!!!

    Comment by Politico is God — August 15, 2011 @ 6:59 am
  17. Michelle Bachman gives out 6000 tickets (for Randy Travis concert) and gets 4823 votes.
    Ron Paul gives out 4000 tickets and gets 4671 votes.
    Priceless!

    Comment by Eve in Texas — August 15, 2011 @ 7:07 am
  18. ron paul is the most honest politician i have ever heard. i never realized that “honest”, and “politician”, could be grouped together to describe one person….
    yup, i went to vote for dishonest barack in 08. i will never make that mistake again! this time, its ron paul all the way! he is our last and only hope to save our country. bachman voted for the patriot act, perry “created” lots of new GOVERNMENT jobs. nope, cant see voting for ANYONE but ron paul!
    peace.
    roy

    Comment by roy — August 15, 2011 @ 7:13 am
  19. What will Ron Paul supporters do if RP doesn’t get the nomination? I can’t speak for others, but THIS RP supporter will either write him in or stay home!

    THIS is why Ron Paul has a MUCH better chance of beating Obama and Bachman, Perry, et al, don’t stand a chance…

    The progressives against the wars are colluding to vote for Ron Paul, whom would end the wars, and hope to get a progressive elected in 2016. They are already sick of Obama but would never vote for one of the other Republican candidates.
    Time people WAKE UP!
    Ron Paul is frightening to the establishment and their media prostitutes on both sides of the aisle but people are waking up.
    See: http://progressivesforronpaul.blogspot.com/2011/07/expanding-strategy.html
    or: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-koerner/blue-republican_b_886650.html

    Michelle Bachman gives out 6000 tickets (for Randy Travis concert) and gets 4823 votes.
    Ron Paul gives out 4000 tickets and gets 4671 votes.
    Priceless!

    Comment by Eve in Texas — August 15, 2011 @ 7:36 am
  20. Get used to this folks. Ron Paul is the guy that walks into the compound that is full of brainwashed people and starts shaking them say, “WAKE UP”!!! Nobody wants to listen.

    This blog is great if you are a Ron Paul supporter. They share most of the same views as Paul on economics, taxes, liberty, etc. Read this commentary on his recent speech on the debt ceiling.

    http://precisiontradingsolutions.blogspot.com/2011/07/truth-on-debt-ceiling.html

    Comment by R Hall — August 15, 2011 @ 8:14 am
  21. RON PAUL IS THE FRONT RUNNER! THE ESTABLISHMENT IS SCARED TO DEATH!!1

    Comment by PETER SISCA — August 15, 2011 @ 9:08 am
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  23. Yeah that’s right, RP lost by 152 votes and was erased from media memory this entire weekend.

    Disgusting human being Mike Huckabee came in a DISTANT 2nd in the same straw poll in 2008, came out in the media that he might be “the one”.

    And meanwhile Gary Johnson isn’t even allowed in the fucking debates. While sad turds like Mitt Romney by beat by a write-in vote by “Forced vaccine” Rick Perry …

    I mean folks… WHAT IN THE ####

    Comment by procopius — August 15, 2011 @ 1:42 pm
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