Ron Paul Case Study

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The mainstream media has largely ignored Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican GOP candidate, during the 2012 campaign for presidency. Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) gathered data concerning media coverage of the 2012 presidential candidates. Posted on October 17, the data found Ron Paul ranked last concerning coverage of Republican candidates from May to October. He appeared “as a primary newsmaker in only two percent of all election stories.”

Ron Paul has won 19 out of 51 straw polls. PEJ still found Ron Paul as last concerning media coverage. He was also behind Jon Huntsman, who rarely does better than three percent in the Republican straw polls. On August 13, 2011, a headline for MPRnews said this, “Bachmann wins Straw Poll, Pawlenty gets third.” The headline completely disregarded Ron Paul who came in a close second, with less than 200 votes separating him and Bachmann. On September 22, 2011, another headline from the Daily Caller said this, “Poll: Romney leads New Hampshire, Huntsman in third, Perry in fourth.” Ron Paul placed second, but was again ignored. Headlines like these have been showing up all around the country. Ron Paul has also received limited coverage in the Republican debates. In November, after Ron Paul established himself as a top-tier candidate and had been consistently polling well in Iowa and New Hampshire, CBS allotted Ron Paul 89 seconds of speaking time during its debate. The debate focused on foreign policy and national security. His campaign issued a statement saying Ron Paul was treated unfairly. Not only is Ron Paul a veteran, but he also serves on the House Foreign Relations Committee. His campaign stated, “Congressman Paul was only allocated 90 seconds of speaking in one televised hour. If we are to have an authentic national conversation on issues such as security and defense, we can and must do better to ensure that all voices are heard.” CBS is not the only network that has...