The main stream media does not want Ron Paul to win the presidency. They are prepared to support any establishment candidate that gives them the best chance for victory for four more years.
Back in August, when Dr. Ron Paul came in a very close second place in the Ames, Iowa straw poll garnering nearly three times as many votes than the third place finisher, Paul was not mentioned once during the entire broadcasts of the three major network Sunday talk shows. For his meteoric rise in the poll, his name was not uttered once for a very close second place result that solidified and legitimized his candidacy. Instead, the talk shows quoted all the candidates who finished third or worse (Michele Bachmann was overjoyed to be the victor) putting the straw poll in the category of non-importance. “Well, it’s a straw poll so it really matters very little,” or “It’s really too early to pick a president,” were the common refrains. Had any of them been the victor or a close second place finisher like Ron Paul was, none of them would dare say that with the cameras rolling.
Then Dr. Paul won the California Republican Party straw poll in September. With that win and along with a slew of other victories from Maine to Michigan, the media began to take notice. By some accounts the coverage he received from the media was ever so slightly warmer. They were condescending toward Ron Paul, his campaign and its chances, but the main stream pundi-crits (that’s the combination of talk show pundit and hypocrite) mentioned him nonetheless. A Value Voter Summit straw poll victory in October brought with it the charge that some suspected ballot stuffing. Suggesting the only way a candidate who is not part of the establishment team, one who is not one of their guys, the only way that candidate can win is to rig the game.
Now, with less than two weeks to go before the caucus season kicks off in earnest in Iowa, Ron Paul is poised and positioned to take home victory on Jan. 3. Or take that victory to the New Hampshire primary, the nation’s second nominating contest held one week later, on the tenth of January, 2012.
Poised and positioned for victory, Dr. Paul articulates the message of regular people. The people who work, sleep, eat and do other stuff. None of them scream things racey or electrifying. None of them keep up with the Kardashians. They don’t have Snooki on their Christmas card list. None of the things they do titilates or sensationalizes. They don’t participate in ‘sexting,’ and they certainly do not ‘shock and awe.’ And that is the main reason why the main stream media is terrified by Ron Paul’s continued strong showings in the race for the White House in 2012. There is no story with him. No former call girls have served as his interns. He’s boooring.
If Ron Paul can convince enough normally thoughtful, rational, critically thinking, undecided voters that his position’s are in their, and their children’s, best interest, all the while running an uphill battle against a media machine that is desperately trying to destroy his chances by down-playing every victory as either stolen or not significant, those same pundi-crits will have very little, or very laborious work to do. What will they talk about on Sunday’s? Peace? Can’t go anywhere with that. What if the nation’s credit rating improved? Does the Situation Room on CNN need to be remodled into the Revenues Equal Expenditures Room? Who would want to be the host in that room? Your accountant? That’s no place for a racist, homophobe, sexually innapropriate, hawkish guest.
The media doesn’t want Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination for president and certainly not the presidency because it will force them to get back to work. The work of reporting the way Edward R. Murrow used to do it. The way it was done when they were young and enticed to begin a career in the news room because it mattered. Back when having a nose for story meant something. The main stream media, the perfectlly coiffed, rhino-plasticized, bosom-enhanced, $2000 jacket wearing anchors among them, want a celebrity to profile and to pamper. As they wink at Hollywood idols and Noble Laureates gliding past in The White House Rose Garden. They want their own evening news program produced out of the mold of 30 Rock or 60 minutes. It wont cost their producers as much to generate as digging for truth and if they’re the celebrity type journalist, the ratings will go skyrocket high.