ABC News "Spikes" Ron Paul Interview

ABC News has apparently decided that Ron Paul is not quite ready for prime time. His interview with John Stossel will not be aired, and has been relegated to the Web. See the story here.

Who's "up" and who's "down" has a lot to do with media decisions about who they will cover. With control of the media shrinking, (see Roy Moore's article on this) so does the range of "valid" opinion. Control of the public space passes to a few private hands, who then control what the rest of us can know.


Ben Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:43:00 PM CST  

While I'm against consolidation, I also believe that if a news station doesn't want to air a piece about a peripheral candidate they shouldn't have to. If we force ABC to air a Ron Paul piece, then we have to give Tancredo time, and Hunter, and Gravel, and and and... where do we draw the line?

Anonymous,  Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 3:32:00 PM CST  

Ron Paul is hardly peripheral. He's at 6% nationally among likely Republican voters (and he'll likely pick up nonRepublicans like myself as well), and now is the time when folks are tuning in to decide whom they'll vote for.

Currently the race seems between Huckabee and Romney, but it's not set in stone.

Anonymous,  Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:55:00 AM CST  

who are we kidding, Ron Paul is peripheral, 6% or not. Saying Paul is a mainstream candidate is like saying Dennis Kucinich is mainstream. Sure they both have a niche following, but they won't alter the direction of the candidate that wins. They have so little influence in the end, this is really splitting hairs.

Anonymous,  Monday, December 17, 2007 at 2:33:00 AM CST  

Paul's at 11% in South Carolina (my state =D) according to the latest CNN poll. And he did v well today with his money bomb.

I think he's got a shot. At 15%, they'll have to accept him as mainstream, and he clearly seems headed towards 15%.

If the election was a few months away, Paul would have a very good chance. I just hope he rises quickly enough before the SC primary.

Anonymous,  Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 6:58:00 PM CST  


You make the mistake of believing those official polls are accurate. Ron Paul supporters are not USA Today readers. Ron Paul supporters will trek through a blizzard to get their man into the White House.

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