My local Fox station emailed me backSubmitted by rp_is_my_homeboy on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 20:00
So I wrote on here earlier this week that I wrote to my local station about their reporting that they basically crowned Romney the champ since Santorum dropped out. One of the hosts emailed me back.
Here is what I wrote:
I have to say that I am truly disappointed in your reporting of the news that since Rick Santorum dropped out you automatically gave the bid for nomination to Mitt Romney, by saying "then there were only two" referencing Romney and Obama. My suggestion would be to report the Primary accurately. The delegate numbers that the mainstream media reports are total guesses at best and total fabrications at worst. The truth of the matter is that nobody will know the real delegate counts until the National Convention in Tampa in August and there will be at least 2 people there fighting for the nomination, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Although it is not being reported by the mainstream media, reports are being brought forward that Ron Paul is doing exceptionally well in Washington State, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Alaska, Missouri, Nevada, Maine, Colorado when it comes to delegates and that is what really matters, not straw polls. And things are starting to look good in Texas where he spoke to thousands at Texas A&M and in Dallas/Fort Worth and California where he had 6,000 people come see him at Chico State University, 7,000 see him at UCLA, and 8,000 at Berkeley. I guess my point is that saying that the Republican race is over and that we should all declare Mitt the winner is a disgrace to the process and you should feel ashamed as reporters. This thing is long from over. The truth is, Rick Santorum caught wind because people don't like Mitt Romney, so now that he has dropped out do you think his supporters are going to just go vote for Romney now? No, they are going to vote for Paul or Gingrich. I just please ask you to report this information fairly and if you need help Google or YouTube Ben Swann Reality Check. Thank you for your time.
And here was the reply:
Thanks for watching and writing.
You make a compelling argument for Ron Paul, but only if you are drinking the Ron Paul Kool-Aid. The Texas Congressman has not won ONE primary or caucus out of more than 35 held so far. It is impossible for him to become the nominee, a fact Ron Paul has all but admitted. Here's a link to Paul's interview.
Newt Gingrich has won only two primaries so far and has so little money his campaign bounced a $500 check to get on the ballot in Utah. He too has all but admitted that Mitt Romney will be the nominee. Here's the transcript from a FOX News interview with Gingrich from last week.
"HUME: Let's talk about you a little bit and where you see yourself going here. You seemed reconciled to the likelihood, if not the inevitability, of Mitt Romney as your party's nominee. GINGRICH: Well, I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won. He is far and away, the most likely Republican nominee. And if he does get to 1,144 delegates, I'll support him. I'll do everything I can this fall to help him defeat Obama. The primary goal of the entire Republican Party has to be, to defeat Barack Obama. That makes this maybe the most important election of our lifetime. HUME: Now, you have indicated that one of the reasons you are staying in the race is to influence the platform. What do you hope to do with the platform? GINGRICH: I think platforms matter in the long run in the evolution of the party. And the party is more than just a presidential candidate. It's Senate candidates, House candidates, state legislators"
Rick Santorum figured out that he didn't have the resources to continue to fight for the nomination and suspended his campaign.
These are not the actions of candidates who believe they can somehow pull together the delegates to win.
You are technically correct that Mitt Romney doesn't have the required number of delegates to get the nomination. But, none of the remaining candidates have the money, campaign organization, institutional support, or grassroots support to mount a credible challenge to Romney's campaign operation.
Our reporting reflects these facts.
Thanks again for watching and writing.
I'll write my reply later tonight after I gather some thoughts and if anyone on here has any suggestions that they would like to add for Mr. Warren, feel free and I'll post my reply in the comments section for this post later. The first thing I'll point out is that Ron Paul did in fact win one contest and that is the Virgin Islands... and these people call themselves reporters...