Press coverage of Ron Paul’s campaign – The war of words

As Newt Gingrich officially bowed out of the presidential race, he endorsed Mitt Romney and urged the GOP to unite behind him. With approximately $4.5million in debt and Romney likely to help him in that respect, it is as much a paid endorsement as anything else. Rick Santorum, despite being out of the race nearly a month, hasn’t done the same thing, and his supporters are joining Ron Paul’s supporters in some of the states to help him fetch even more delegates – a strategy that is working, much to the main stream media’s chagrin.

With it becoming readily apparent that Ron Paul’s name will be on the ballot in Tampa and Romney’s nomination anything but certain, the media is waging a war of words against Ron Paul and his campaign. How one phrases things, headline and body, can alter the meaning completely.

Below is the headline and link to an article about the current standings of the two GOP candidates versus Obama.

The title of the article is “Romney leads Obama narrowly in Montana

From the article: “Worse for Romney is that his soon-to-be-vanquished intraparty foe Ron Paul actually leads Obama by eight points (49-41).”

Besides the assertion that Ron Paul is going away soon, it makes light of the fact that Ron Paul has a sizable lead versus Obama in Montana.

Plenty of other articles, too numerous to name, use phrases such as “disruptive”, “rude”, “manipulating the rules”, etc, to suggest that Ron Paul’s forces are “stealing” the nomination instead of earning it. The transfer of about $100,000 from the Alaska State GOP coffers to the local Capital City Republicans in Juneau speaks volumes about the nature of Ron Paul’s opponents. The mention of this fact in passing without any scrutiny in most articles I’ve read, also shows that the media is lock step with the GOP establishment.

The media machine will stop at nothing to discredit Ron Paul’s candidacy, and it’s only going to get worse from here on out.

Make no mistake – Ron Paul is winning, and the establishment is very, very frightened at the possibility of a showdown between Obama and Paul.

Ron Paul on the rise, Romney and the establishment running scared

Well, it’s been only a few days since Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP presidential nomination race, leaving Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich as the remaining candidates. The immediate call by the main stream media, was that “It’s now Romney vs Obama”. While the right and the left would both like to declare the GOP contest over, it is far from that.

With Santorum dropping out to care for his daughter, the main stream media, and even Newt Gingrich, essentially called the contest for Romney. They are purposely ignoring the rising numbers of Ron Paul who, despite an almost total media blackout, continues to draw record standing room only crowds to places even as liberal as UC Berkley. With votes upcoming in Texas and California, this has the potential to flip the GOP contest upside down. While Romney has money, money has only served to slow his descent as voters continue to scrutinize his record and his comments to the press. Gingrich has no campaign to speak of, and is staying in the race for his own ego, if nothing else. Ron Paul on the other hand, has a steady message, fervent supporters, and steadily increasing poll numbers. His numbers are growing at an increasing rate, as more people begin to look past the “he’s crazy”, “his policies make no sense”, etc headlines that the media attempt to paint him with. One of the most important phrases I heard mentioned, by YouTube user “TokenLibertariangirl”, as the phrase that got her started, was “Google Ron Paul”. Indeed, what the main stream media won’t do, people are doing themselves. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks with even more excitement as the power of the people overwhelms the establishment’s attempts to keep the will of the people silent.

Newt Gingrich sinks as Ron Paul Rises

The latest polls provided on the Real Clear Politics show Newt Gingrich’s rating falling below Ron Paul’s, who’s rating is rising at a slow, but steady pace. With his campaign broke and the insanity of sending him against Obama setting in for would be supporters, Gingrich is now being pressured to quit the race by supporters of Rick Santorum.

This bodes well for Ron Paul as well, as reducing the number of contenders to three makes it harder to ignore him, although the media has been doing their best to do so. It also helps Ron Paul due to the spotlight being focused more and more on Santorum, who seems to believe that his narrow message of “Gays, Muslims, and Pornography are destroying America” will fly with the GOP as a whole, let alone the general population that will vote in the general election. While Mitt Romney is seen as the best alternative by the “anyone but Obama” crowd, Santorum is seen as the only alternative by the “anyone but Romney” crowd. Giving Santorum an even more intense spotlight will allow him to shoot himself in the foot with the same reckless abandon as Mitt Romney seems to stick his in his mouth every time he deviates from his campaign’s script.

Romney and Santorum have a real chance to split the remaining primaries between them, resulting in a brokered convention. It is highly unlikely that Santorum will be willing to give Romney his delegates in exchange for a Vice Presidential slot or some other cherry position, resulting in true chaos. After the initial vote the delegates are no longer bound, and this is Ron Paul’s chance, with his passionate supporters, to bring true change to the GOP.

The next few weeks are going to be pivotal, and as delusional as Newt Gingrich is, financial reality will likely force him to abandon his campaign. Social media doesn’t really do much if there’s no passion behind it, and despite the best efforts of the main stream media, Newt has none. Newt has anger and belligerence, but while that might make for entertaining interviews with the blood thirsty press, it doesn’t win campaigns.