Johnson Coverage Used to Dilute Paul's Message?Submitted by micpri on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 02:38
SLATE (Washington Post) is crediting Gary Johnson with "the best line of the night" at the Orlando debate. When another forum post on DP suggested that MSM was trying to set up Johnson as a "rival" to Paul, I dismissed the idea. Now I'm not so sure. From what I can see, Paul has gotten his usual smidgen of press from his consistent principled and lucid contributions. Johnson gets this screed from the Washington Post's news blog, implying (or, rather, actually saying) that Johnson is doing a better job at being Ron Paul.
The article itself literally succeeds in pooh-poohing the substantive part of Johnson's debate contribution (e.g. U.S. is bankrupt), stating rather that his "shovel ready" joke could have propelled him to top tier! Now this is, after all, SLATE, and most readers who come to this sight are not open for real news about the Republican Primary candidates, anyway. But I am concerned that Paul's message (even when presented by another candidate) is getting lost in the chatter.