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Study - media ignoring Ron Paul - todays $ raising event

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Sep 6, 2009
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This continues to fascinate me. Seems the media is backed by corporations who benefit from government favors, so those who threaten that are ignored. The people then favor the ones with coverage (e.g. Cain after Florida straw poll win) and voila, we have a winner!


….a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows just that: the Texas Congressman, who has consistently polled in the high single digits -- Real Clear Politics's aggregate poll currently has him at 8 percent -- has received the least overall coverage of any candidate. From May 2 to October 9, Paul appeared as the "primary newsmaker in only 2% of all election stories."

While complaints about a lack of media coverage are typical coming from any struggling candidate, Paul boosters, and even some independent observers, have argued that Paul's media blackout is particularly striking considering his concrete successes on the campaign trail. By our count those successes include:
• Winning the Los Angeles Country Straw Poll last week, with more votes than Mitt Romney and Herman Cain combined.
• On October 8, winning the Values Voter straw poll in Washington, D.C.
• Raising $8.3 million in the third quarter, putting his fundraising clout way ahead of other second-tier candidates such as Herman Cain, who raised $2.8 million in the quarter, Michele Bachmann, who raised $4.1 million, and Rick Santorum, who raised less than $1 million.
• Winning the California Republican Party straw poll in September.
• Taking a close second in the Ames straw poll in Iowa in August behind Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

As The Washington Post notes. "Paul’s support has been stable at 10 percent or 11 percent of Republican and GOP-leaning independents in the three most recent Washington Post-ABC News polls." The question is, why is that not a story for the political media?

So instead of getting exposure from the media, the little guys have to rely on individual donations to buy advertising. According to this ticker, bringing in a couple million today, but not enough to overcome the many millions of free exposure others get.



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Feb 13, 2005
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Wildwood New Jersey
to help fix the results to "level" the playing field, ignore the top three in any poll you participate in..

by acknowledging supporting the "second" tier we rare giving the uninformed public time to see the candidates before the media decide who is the winner..

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