The distorted media coverage or lack of coverage of presidential candidate Ron Paul can sometimes reach comic proportions.
Yesterday the New York Daily News solemnly told its readers that Herman Cain, having just raised $8 million, was third in fundraising in the Republican field, right behind Romney and Perry. Don’t they wish. The truth is that Ron Paul is third and he is the candidate that raised the $8 million, not Herman Cain.
That’s all right, Ron Paul supporters say. Keep it up. Nothing angers the Paulistas more than the flagrant favoritism and the manipulation of the media. On October 19 the Ron Paul campaign is calling its next fundraiser, “BLACK THIS OUT” a sarcastic response to debate hosts who purposely exclude him and blatantly promote their own favorites, regardless of the polls.
While he was the only presidential candidate in the last GOP debate to effectively use his question and while that question provoked a misstatement from the current front-runner, Herman Cain, only a columnist for the Huffington Post seemed to notice.
Ron Paul had asked Cain why, in the past, he had opposed an audit of the Federal Reserve and why he had belittled those who were calling for it. Cain flatly denied he had ever said such a thing. But here it is for the whole world to see.
Listen to what Herman Cain really said. Herman Cain’s false statement.
Television coverage no longer follows their televised debates with online surveys of a winner. They rely on “Focus Groups” (wink, wink,) where they control the questions and the reporting of the results of those questions that they decide are “newsworthy.” After one recent debate the focus group of 30 people clearly picked Herman Cain as the winner of the debate while the network ignored its own, open, online poll showing Ron Paul the winner. Why have online surveys at all? Ron Paul will win again and there will be nasty online correspondents ridiculing them for not mentioning it.
One lonely media outlet, The Bedford Patch, a New Hampshire online news service, was brave enough to allow an open poll after Tuesday’s Dartmouth Debate. When I voted this morning it showed Ron Paul winning at 73%.
Meanwhile, the little engine that could just keeps chugging away. Last night he won the Los Angeles County straw poll with more votes than Mitt Romney and Herman Cain combined, a showing that demonstrated last month’s Ron Paul victory in the California Straw Poll was no fluke. The media ignores it all, clinging to Herman Cain’s showing in Florida, where the Straw Poll delegates where chosen last June.
That’s okay, die hard Ron Paul supporters say, looking forward to October 19 and the next moneybomb fundraiser, “Report this!”