Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Media Disenfranchising of Ron Paul

The results of the Iowa Straw Poll just came in.

Mitt Romney - 4516 31.58%
Mike Huckabee - 2587 18.09%
Sam Brownback - 2192 15.33%
Tom Tancredo - 1961 13.71%
Ron Paul - 1305 9.12%
Tommy Thompson - 1039 7.26%
Fred Thompson - 203 1.42%
Rudy Giuliani - 183 1.28%
Duncan Hunter - 174 1.22%
John McCain - 101 .71%
John Cox -41 .29%

Obviously, Ron Paul did not win. But nor did he come in last - in fact, he came in ahead of Gov. Tommy Thompson, considered a serious second-rung candidate by most of the media.

This underlines the danger of playing games with photographs of supporters and misreporting the results of your own polls, as ABC News has done with Ron Paul. Politics is unpredictable. Ron Paul did better than many pundits predicted. How much better would he have done had his campaign been given accurate, unbiased coverage all along?

ABC and all of our mainstream news media should take this lesson very seriously: don't play games in your political reporting, don't risk thwarting or distorting will of the American people.

I produced an episode of my Light On Light Through podcast about this problem - about 18 minutes long - you can hear it right here.

See also - ABC's Abuse of American Electorate to Be Included in my Curriculum This Fall

and More ABC News Distortion to be Included in My Curriculum

and Newspaper Coverage of Ron Paul in Iowa: B+

but check out the crowd's reation to each of the candidates, as the results are announced...

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