Ron Paul, Who?

Over the past eight years, the media coverage regarding Ron Paul has been very lackluster to say the least. Although most of the coverage he has received has been positive, the overall amount is significantly lower than the other candidates running. The messages he supports are often considered the most accurate and truthful by any candidate and many believe him to be the most qualified for the political office. However, the media seems to have its own agenda, and seem to have a different idea on who should be the frontrunner.

Although there are four candidates, CNN seems to believe that only three are relevant. Missing from this photo is Ron Paul, sitting just left of candidate Santorum.

Both CNN and Fox News are partially to blame for this so-called “media blackout”, and have not been giving fair coverage to Congressman Paul. When it comes to debates or discussion, Ron Paul seems to mysteriously disappear from the subject and is often overlooked. In a recent interview with Fox News, he states that he has observed that the amount of coverage on himself post-debate has a ratio of about 90:1 in favor of his opponents. This shows a tendency that the media does not believe that Ron Paul has the ability to win the candidacy and therefore neglects to give him adequate coverage.

Although the media coverage on Ron Paul is largely absent from television and news broadcasting channels, he receives overwhelming support on major social media networks. Seeing as the majority of his supporters are those of a younger generation, Twitter plays a large part of his support and communication between his fans. During a recent poll, the Washington Post found that from July of 2011 to January of 2012 that the amount of mentions on Twitter significantly increased from about 30,000 to almost 260,000. Compared to Newt Gingrich who had 294,000 mentions, Ron Paul still comes in second. Luckily, thanks to his many loyal supporters there is still a good chance for him to succeed despite the media’s lack of belief.

Leslie Tyler, Leanna Marshall, Bryce Koonts, Julius Roberts

7 thoughts on “Ron Paul, Who?

  1. I always found it interesting how heavily the media favors certain candidates over others. It is clear that the media has done very little to aid Ron Paul as a candidate in the last few elections. I think he has a greater advantage in this election because of the increased use and power of social media in today’s society. Paul may just have a chance if his younger supporters can rally via Twitter and Facebook to promote change.

    • Exactly! Seeing as most of his supporters are of a younger generation and are so involved in social media, they have to utilize the methods that they know in order to get their message across. –Leslie

  2. My boyfriend is an avid supporter of Ron Paul, therefore I have to hear a lot about the man. As you stated, he is very well-supported by many, with people claiming that he has the best ideas of the candidates running and is extremely qualified to fill the position. Ron Paul is well aware of the media blackout; he actually held a money bomb ( for definition go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moneybomb) in the Fall of 2011 in recognition of the media blackout against him. Patrick, sitting next to me, tells me he raised over one million dollars in less than 24 hours, all from small donations (under $250). There are Ron Paul supporters EVERYWHERE, and social media is definitely helping bring them together. I actually drove to South Carolina after their primary to pick up signs created by other Ron Paul supporters to place them in NC because of a Facebook invite! One of the main points that the media fails to touch on is the liberty movement itself which will thrive long after November 2012 even if Ron Paul is not elected.

  3. Let me start off by saying that I thought that your use of video resources and the chart was an excellent touch to an already interesting and useful blog post. I think it’s amazing that Ron Paul receives such little media coverage. I had never really noticed that too much before I read this. It’s amazing how we can actually see the agenda setting theory being put into work in this situation. We can finally see a real life and up close example of how agenda setting works. But, the fact that Paul receives so much support on social media shows how much social media is slowly impacting our society. Even though the media across the world has its own agenda, social media is creating their own agenda, basically telling mass media, “Move over, we’re in a league of our own now.” Great blog post

  4. I definitely agree with this post. I have learned more about Ron Paul and his run for presidency through social media than I have heard online. I think that it does give Ron Paul an unfair disadvantage if he can’t have the same media coverage. Personally, I still think he has a shot though. I know that I use social media for updates more than I watch the news or read the newspaper. In this day in time more and more people are using social media to obtain information about what’s going on. I think that it is great that Ron Paul is reaching out to a younger generation even though he is an older man. I hope that he does well in this presidential race.

  5. I agree with this post. I have always wondered why Ron Paul got so little media coverage compared to the other candidates that are out there. It is good for him that he has such an online following. While it does not make up for his lack of showing in the regular media, it does help get his messages out there. As his online following grows, he may get more time on the other forms of media.

  6. Through following these candidates and trying to stay informed with the coming election I have, too, been amazed at how little publicity Ron Paul is receiving. Since most of his supporters do come from the younger generation, they are definitely utilizing their resources. Therefore, the Twitter coverage that he is getting could give him an advantage. Maybe he will even gain the public eye by the increasing numbers of Twitter mentions. It is almost impressive how close he is in Twitter mentions to Gingrich. Even though he is second, he is also not receiving as much publicity so who knows, hopefully he will surprise those who have seen little of him and leave a mark through social media.

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