Originally posted by sh76
Okay, MB, you seem like a bright enough fellow, so time to fess up.
Do you really think that Ron Paul's problem is lack of exposure and name recognition?
Come on. Everybody knows about Ron Paul by now. The libertarian. The gold standard. The isolationist. The passionate internet cult-like loyalty. I guarantee you that more people know about Ron ll from Gallup or Zogby or Rasmussen and the media will start taking his candidacy seriously.
I have been very consistent in saying that in 2008 people didn't know who Ron Paul was and what his policies were. Right now things are changing somewhat and have heard of Ron Paul more than they did back then, but most people DO NOT WATCH THE NEWS. Most people rely on short clips of the news on the radio and TV in between programs and even those that watch the news don't always pay attention to it the way you and I do.
The fact of the matter is that nobody can get too much media attention unless it is all bad media attention. The fact of the matter is that Ron Paul would do better if he was asked questions about his positions rather than letting people think things that are not true. For example, Ron Paul sounds bad if you hear he wants to do away with the Dept. of Education. But if you asked him why he would do such a thing he would explain it is a federal dept. and that it is only something that would then be bumped to the state level because he is just promoting states rights. Public schools still go on as they have been.
Seriously? You really think that most people vote based on policy? You are dead wrong! People vote for the guy they heard about most, not who has the best policies.
Rick Perry enjoys high poll numbers and it is not because of his policies. He was a democrat for crying out loud. He was Al Gore's campaign manager! He switched parties because his buddy Karl Rove needed him to keep Jim Hightower out of office. He invested in porn magazines. Are you going to tell me with a straight face that Perry's policies got him the poll numbers he is enjoying? Also, why is the news media mostly silent about these things? Do you really think republicans would favor Perry if they knew he was Al Gores campaign manager and invested in porn?
If Ron Paul is so easy to beat why doesn't the news media give him lots of interviews and allow him to hoist himself by his own petard? Come on, you are a smart fellow. I even respect you and your debating skills but this is not like you.
Why don't you give me your explanation as to why the news media says all the good things about Rick Perry but stays strangely silent about the bad things. If that is not media bias what is it?