Jon Stewart’s now viral analysis of the media exclusion of Ron Paul is an example of how comic’s make us laugh by stating the truth. This was definitely a “look mom, the Emperor has no clothes” moment for America. The emperor in this case being the national media in general and “fair and balanced” Fox News Channel specifically. Look at the numbers and see how Jon Stewart’s views jumped on the day he stated the obvious to the delight of the nation.
During the week leading up to his Ron Paul piece Jon Stewart’s page averaged 43,000 hits a day. On August 16, 2011, the day he posted his Straw Poll analysis he had 223,247 hits. There are two things the American people despise. Presidents who lie. And media talking heads who insult their intelligence by what they say or don’t say.
Years ago, in television, it was a rule of thumb that when you received a letter it represented a thousand people who felt the same way. Today, the national media has decided that it is all reversed for Ron Paul supporters on the internet. They believe that 1,000 Ron Paul emails really only represent one. That it just so happens that all the Ron Paul people are techno savvy and supporters of the other candidates struggle in that area. And so the growing numbers of people who vote or express their support for Dr. Paul in emails must be much less than they appear.
And for those handful of Americans who missed Jon Stewart’s analysis of the Iowa Straw Poll, here you go.