(November 7, 1988). Campaigning for Recognition: Ron Paul, Libertarian for President, Runs Against Media ObstaclesSubmitted by Taco Meat on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 08:36
An Associated Press article in the Oxford Press-Courier I found while doing a news archive search. Dated Monday, November 7, 1988.
"On his last election stop of 1988 this weekend, the libertarian candidate for president hoped to meet with ABC news, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Orange County Register and a local radio station.
"But the only journalists to cover Paul's speech in the No. 2 media market were some guy from Canada and a student writer from UCLA's Daily Bruin. The Rest, like always, didn't show.
It might be hard to imagine after last week's GOP presidential slugfest, but there was a time not too long ago when a group headed by Mitt Romney quietly—and a judge says illegally—helped Rick Perry's politic
al career in Texas and set the stage for his new nemesis to rise on the national stage.
Here's a classic example of ignoring Ron Paul (trusty 13th floor reporting).
New ABC/WaPo poll data here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postabcp...
Taking the "not Palin" data, we see this:
Rick Perry 29
Mitt Romney 25
Ron Paul 10
Michele Bachmann 8
Naturally, ABC World News (broadcast TV) reports it 1-2-4.
I recently read the excellent book "Flat Earth News" by Nick Davies in which he explains the main reasons why the mass media today are just churning out distortions and lies.
The main reason he (himself an experienced journalist) identifies as not enough time for fact checking. The reporters are forced by the corporate media to just recycle what PR agencies, the government, or other sources have sent to them.
The Texas congressman and his legions of vocal supporters turned what they deemed insufficient coverage of his close-second finish at Ames straw poll into a story with legs — and now a whole new set of stories. With a new Gallup poll out this week showing him in third place in the nomination race, Paul is scheduled to appear on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, and a four-page Time magazine feature on his campaign’s momentum will hit newsstands tomorrow.
My take on the recent Reason magazine/Ron Paul dust-up. Many lessons here and a unique opportunity for Ron Paul's GOP nomination.
Ron Paul, the unconventional libertarian-minded candidate for president, has fared a lot better in many campaign polls than some of the more traditional hopefuls, and even came in a very close second to the much-covered Michele Bachmann in the Ames, Iowa straw poll. So it’s not surprising that Paul and his supporters, as well as some political pundits, have decried the lack of media coverage they say is given to his campaign. The issue even percolated up to being a segment on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.
The establishment effort to keep Presidential candidate Ron Paul out of the public conscience has failed and desperation tactics have set in.
Politico has taken it upon itself to dredge up an old and thoroughly debunked story in an attempted attack on the Congressman’s character.
“…there are reasons why Paul, and his fan base, might be grateful for the minimalist coverage that he’s received,” writes Maggie Haberman.
This is great!
Jack Cafferty spanking the media for ignoring Ron Paul!
He even got Wolf Blitzer to agree with him at the end.