Friday, October 14, 2011 04:20 PM
By: Doug Wead
http://www.newsmax.com/DougWead/ron-pau … /id/414543
Yesterday, Ron Paul won the Los Angeles County straw poll. He had more votes than Romney and Cain combined. It was a small gathering but a confirmation of Paul's much larger victory in the California State Straw Poll last month.
And like the California Poll, it was virtually ignored by the national media. They prefer to bask in denial and focus on Herman Cain's showing in the recent Florida straw poll whose delegates were actually chosen last summer.
The distorted media coverage or lack of coverage of presidential candidate Ron Paul can sometimes reach comic proportions.
Yesterday the New York Daily News solemnly told its readers that Herman Cain, having just raised $8 million, was third in fundraising in the Republican field, right behind Romney and Perry. Don't they wish.
The truth is that Ron Paul is third and he is the candidate that raised the $8 million, not Herman Cain.
That's all right, Ron Paul supporters say. Keep it up. Nothing angers the "Paulistas" more than the flagrant favoritism and the manipulation of the media. On Oct. 19 the Ron Paul campaign is calling its next fundraiser, "Black This Out" a sarcastic response to debate hosts who purposely exclude him and blatantly promote their own favorites, regardless of the polls.
While he was the only presidential candidate in the last GOP debate to effectively use his question and while that question provoked a misstatement from the current front-runner, Herman Cain, no one seemed to notice.
Ron Paul had asked Cain why, in the past, he had opposed an audit of the Federal Reserve and why he had belittled those who were calling for it. Cain flatly denied he had ever said such a thing.
But here is the exact quote:
“Some people say that we ought to audit the Fed. Here's what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it's ridiculous. I don't know why people think we're gonna learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve.
“I think a lot of people are calling for this audit of the Federal Reserve because they don't know enough about it. There's no hidden secrets going on in the Federal Reserve to my knowledge.”
Ron Paul's subsequent call for an audit won congressional approval and the resultant expose has stunned those who have seen it. In 2008 alone, the Federal Reserve dished out $16 trillion including money to the banks of its own board members and corporations like General Electric, which owns NBC television and the McDonald's hamburger chain.
Consider that the entire nation debt, which took years to amass, is only $14 trillion and you get an idea of why the Federal Reserve has always operated in secret, passing out its money to elitists insiders and corporations all at the expense of the rest of us who pay for it through devalued money.
Television networks no longer follow their own debates with online surveys of a winner. They rely on "Focus Groups" (wink, wink,) where they control the questions and the reporting of the results of those questions that they decide are "newsworthy."
After one recent debate the focus group of 30 people clearly picked Herman Cain as the winner of the debate while the network ignored its own, open, online poll showing Ron Paul the winner.
Why have online surveys at all? Ron Paul will win again and there will be nasty online correspondents ridiculing them for not mentioning it.
This week, one lonely media outlet, The Bedford Patch, a New Hampshire online news service, was brave enough to allow an open poll after Tuesday's Dartmouth Debate. When I voted this morning it was showing Ron Paul winning at 73 percent.
It was Sen. John McCain who first angrily referred to Sen. Rand Paul, the son of the presidential candidate, as a hobbit. The Liberty Movement has taken to the idea.
As J.R.R. Tolkien once said, "The hobbits may be little folk but they are honest and hardy and easily underestimated." So let Lord Sauron, Tolkein's antagonist, and his corporate partners and their media outlets, arm for war against Romney-Perry-Cain.
Ron Paul and the rest of the invisible band will stay on target, moving silently through the marshes, looking to Oct. 19, the next moneybomb fundraiser and a chance to speak with their dollars. Go ahead, they say to the media elites and their robber barons, black this out!
Doug Wead is a New York Times best-selling author and a former adviser to two American presidents. He is senior adviser to Ron Paul.
I’m sure you were delighted to read that your candidate did so well in the Los Angeles County straw poll in which he captured 55 of the 103 votes that were cast.
Perhaps the reason Mr. Paul is not getting media coverage is his overall performance in most of the straw polls is rather dismal. Check the result of these four other polls since Oct 1:
Straw Poll Date Finish % Votes Total Votes
Natl Fed of Repub Women Oct 1 7th 0.6 30 505
TeaCon Midwest Oct 1 6th 1.6 9 489
SC- Orangeburg Co Oct 3-9 4th 5.3 337 6,347
Rep. Midwest Leadership Conf Oct 8 4th 10.7 21 200
The results of all the 2011 straw polls are available online. (1) It appears from this data that Mr. Paul popularity is not as widespread as many of his supporters would like others to believe. But, anyway, straw polls are notoriously poor tools for predicting presidential races. According to the Washington Post, "Straw polls generally have little predictive value, as evidenced by the fact that longshot candidates keep winning them. Paul just won one in California; Santorum just won another in Pennsylvania. Even the higher-profile straw polls should be taken with a big grain of salt. Bachmann's Ames Straw Poll win might have been her high point in the race." (2)
Thanks, Jewel, for bringing up the latest poll results. I don’t think they are very relevant nor do they reflect the thinking of the entire electorate.
(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_poll … ries,_2012
(2)http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the … _blog.html
The issue is not his overall popularity, it is how the media is ignoring him and distorting the public perception of things. The issue is the lying media in the pockets of the 1%. and I only got that from reading the post it is so obvious.
On the contrary, Recommend, the issue may indeed be about overall popularity. I would expect a professional media editor to present a balanced perspective while devoting the greatest amount of his output to the leading candidates. To suggest that less coverage for a minor contender is “distorted media coverage” and “comic” doesn’t appear to be very objective. A misprint in the NY Daily News is hardly proof of “the lying media.” About the only obvious conclusion is the importance of verifying data before digesting them as facts.
You are correct, Jewel, according to http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/index.php. Ron Paul raised $8.1M during the Q3 2011 and ranked 3rd after Perry’s $17.2M and Romney’s $13.9M. Congressman Cain actually ranked 6th behind Huntsman ($4.5M) and Bachmann ($3.9M).
I think there are a couple of reasons that Ron Paul's popularity gets overlooked by the media. The first reason is that he is Republican only in a loose sense. He is much more a Libertarian than a Republican. He has been the candidate for the Libertarian party, which hurts his credibility within the party that would invade the nation's bedrooms and doctors' offices. He would, in essence, split the party making the sensational news about a close competition rather moot.
Another reason I feel he is largely ignored is because his supporters get behind him at every opportunity. Those who love him already support him. Those who don't support him aren't likely to get behind him because of his views on abortion (is against them personally, but also against making them illegal) and the military (would cut much spending from the military and stay out of other countries' businesses).
Since his performance to date has only been to put his vote where his mouth is, he lacks the luster sought by the party that speaks about less government from one side of its mouth, and votes for invasions of privacy and foreign soils from the other side.
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