What we are literally witnessing here are market forces in action. Media companies are responding to viewership numbers to increase ad revenues.
Look at the numbers - almost every major media outlet in America has DRASTICALLY seen its ad revenues fall - many posting major losses (for example, Ted Turner is down to "his last $2 Billion" lol).
The Liberty movement is taking off like wildfire, and if media companies don't respond quickly the process of marginalization through the internet will mortally wound them. And so, they are reacting to the changing tides.
Remember they are businesses interested in profits, first and foremost - maybe the ones that receive government bailouts excluded, but otherwise these guys are in it to make a buck.
People have stopped buying the shill garbage put out there for so long - the media market is reacting to a huge change in public perception. I guarantee you upper management of CNBC is licking their chops at the idea of ad-blasting a Ron Paul special. He has been getting a lot of press (rightfully so) lately and I would love to see the ratings for slots that he is booked for.
So it is a moot point whether or not these people were shunning him last year (and they were). They were just reacting to the type of perception that existed at the time, the type of "change" that the Obama camp et al were preaching. We should instead be praising the virtues of real markets and human action (economics) that FORCES corruption out the door! The very thing they bemoan is what gives them the "do or die" choice.
The irony is making me smile right now :)
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Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee. - Ludwig Von Mises.