What a great editorial!Submitted by McClarinJ on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 07:23
I liked this editorial despite having some issues with its title and initial premise:
Ron Paul Can't Be President – And It's Your Fault
Published Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:05 am
by Dennis Maley
The Bradenton Times
At the beginning of the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary, I made a solemn commitment as both a columnist and Editor in Chief of this publication to give Congressman Ron Paul completely fair and unbiased coverage – the sort of coverage that his campaign was so overtly denied in 2008. I didn't agree with much of his platform (though some of it was admittedly very attractive), but that was the point. It's not my job as a member of the media to decide who is a contender. That privelege belongs to the people.
I feel confident that we have fulfilled that pledge, and it is only now, in the face of mathematical certainty, that I feel comfortable exploring what a shame it is that he was never given a chance, not only by the media, but by Republican voters – especially the so-called Tea Party whose supposed ideas couldn't have aligned more perfectly with a candidate, yet from whom he received only lukewarm support.
Even though it became clear early that the mainstream media (MSM) couldn't just blatantly pretend he wasn't running, like they did with Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer, it also became clear that they would only address him in terms that included the disclaimer that while he's clearly running, he had absolutely no chance of winning. Talking heads would engage in debates over whether it was a bigger problem that Republicans who supported him were “throwing their votes away” or that the votes he was “stealing from other candidates” would alter the outcome. When Dr. Paul started doing well in polls and early primaries, the narrative switched to, when he loses, will his success embolden an independent run that would surely lead to victory for President Obama? and How do we stop that?