Straw Poll Media Bias: Ron Paul vs. Mitt Romney

April 10th, 2010 10:28 pm  |  by  |  Published in Commentary, Election, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Politics, Polling, Ron Paul  |  16 Responses

When Ron Paul annihilated ole Mitt “Sideburns” Romney at the CPAC straw poll back in February the coverage at many mainstream news outlets dismissed the result. Today when Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by a single vote over Ron Paul the coverage was a bit different.

Case in point, CBS News wrote the following after Ron Paul beat Romney in a landslide at CPAC:

“Fewer than a quarter of the 10,000 attendees participated in the balloting, an unscientific sampling that only offers bragging rights.

Today CBS (via AP) writes the following after Romney squeaked out a victory by one vote in the SRLC straw poll:

“Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor’s strength as a 2012 presidential candidate.”

Even the prospects of Ron Paul becoming a presidential candidate pushes the media to marginalize him. Just looking at the headlines for these two articles suggests bias. The Paul-CPAC win article is titled, “Ron Paul Wins Early Conservative Poll“. The Romney-SRLC win article is titled, “Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Straw Poll“. So Paul’s win was just an early conservative poll, but Romney’s was a GOP Presidential poll? Am I just being a crazy biased Paulite here or are these reports representative of real media bias against Paul?

To be fair there were some reports that were more unbiased, but it seems to me that the The Official Media Guide to Attacking Ron Paul is still being followed in many main stream media newsrooms.

Responses

  1. Mitt Romney Wins Southern Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll – The Moderate Voice | Republican.Gnom.es says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 12:45 am (#)

    [...] –Liberty Maven: When Ron Paul annihilated ole Mitt “Sideburns” Romney at the CPAC straw poll back in February the coverage at many mainstream news outlets dismissed the result. Today when Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by a single vote over Ron Paul the coverage was a bit different… [...]

  2. Jed Merrill says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 5:13 am (#)

    Ron Paul has excellent organizational strength, but the polls nationwide and in the states that have been polled so far do not show him in the top three in any state. Meanwhile, Romney is winning the majority of states at the moment, including Texas, California, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and many more. (The main exceptions are Iowa and Georgia, both owned by Huckabee.) He's outlined an excellent vision for America in No Apology: The Case for American Greatness that, unlike Obama's agenda, is transparent and doesn't require uprooting and spitting on the graves of our Founding Fathers.* (See side note about Obama below.)

    That Romney would win in the South, without being present as Paul was, and entirely on the strength of the organization of his supporters, not his PAC, says a lot, and he's only going to get stronger.

    Ron Paul has some good ideas, but Romney will turn around America, or at least a good part of the Obama disaster. (Obama's torture of the economy makes Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like cherry bombs!)

    Paul's PAC arranged for 600 discount tickets for Paul supporters for this event. That is more than 150 more tickets than he got votes. I'm not complaining about this, and think it does show organizational strength, but it helps explain why his apparent popularity at CPAC and SRLC is not reflected in state polls, the best early indicators of election primary results.

    Congrats to both men, who are leaders in their own right and reflect America's highest hopes. I hope they both run in 2012, and then we'll see the polls that really matter.

    —-
    *Obama side note:

    Please explain to me why Mao, a Communist dictator / mass murderer was on the White House Christmas tree ornaments this December? Also, why is Obama donating $400,000 in taxpayer money to Libyan dictator / airline terrorist Qaddafi? Why did he fly the Chinese flag, for the first time in history, over Washington, DC? Why has he taken over 52% of America's economy, between banks, car companies, health care, student loans, and more? Why has he diluted America's influence, perhaps treasonously, by signing over several of our sovereign powers to the G20? Why did he almost get away with signing over more at Copenhagen, if not for ClimateGate and British Lord Monckton's warnings?) He's raising our taxes at the very moment our economy needs a jolt. Instead of focusing on creating new private sector jobs, he's fed and sold out our businesses to Unions (is this the United States of America or the Union States of America?), is promoting card check, and is focusing on growing the public sector.

  3. Jed Merrill says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 5:13 am (#)

    Ron Paul has excellent organizational strength, but the polls nationwide and in the states that have been polled so far do not show him in the top three in any state. Meanwhile, Romney is winning the majority of states at the moment, including Texas, California, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and many more. (The main exceptions are Iowa and Georgia, both owned by Huckabee.) He's outlined an excellent vision for America in No Apology: The Case for American Greatness that, unlike Obama's agenda, is transparent and doesn't require uprooting and spitting on the graves of our Founding Fathers.* (See side note about Obama below.)

    That Romney would win in the South, without being present as Paul was, and entirely on the strength of the organization of his supporters, not his PAC, says a lot, and he's only going to get stronger.

    Ron Paul has some good ideas, but Romney will turn around America, or at least a good part of the Obama disaster. (Obama's torture of the economy makes Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like cherry bombs!)

    Paul's PAC arranged for 600 discount tickets for Paul supporters for this event. That is more than 150 more tickets than he got votes. I'm not complaining about this, and think it does show organizational strength, but it helps explain why his apparent popularity at CPAC and SRLC is not reflected in state polls, the best early indicators of election primary results.

    Congrats to both men, who are leaders in their own right and reflect America's highest hopes. I hope they both run in 2012, and then we'll see the polls that really matter.

    —-
    *Obama side note:

    Please explain to me why Mao, a Communist dictator / mass murderer was on the White House Christmas tree ornaments this December? Also, why is Obama donating $400,000 in taxpayer money to Libyan dictator / airline terrorist Qaddafi? Why did he fly the Chinese flag, for the first time in history, over Washington, DC? Why has he taken over 52% of America's economy, between banks, car companies, health care, student loans, and more? Why has he diluted America's influence, perhaps treasonously, by signing over several of our sovereign powers to the G20? Why did he almost get away with signing over more at Copenhagen, if not for ClimateGate and British Lord Monckton's warnings?) He's raising our taxes at the very moment our economy needs a jolt. Instead of focusing on creating new private sector jobs, he's fed and sold out our businesses to Unions (is this the United States of America or the Union States of America?), is promoting card check, and is focusing on growing the public sector.

  4. Jed Merrill says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 5:13 am (#)

    Ron Paul has excellent organizational strength, but the polls nationwide and in the states that have been polled so far do not show him in the top three in any state. Meanwhile, Romney is winning the majority of states at the moment, including Texas, California, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and many more. (The main exceptions are Iowa and Georgia, both owned by Huckabee.) He's outlined an excellent vision for America in No Apology: The Case for American Greatness that, unlike Obama's agenda, is transparent and doesn't require uprooting and spitting on the graves of our Founding Fathers.* (See side note about Obama below.)

    That Romney would win in the South, without being present as Paul was, and entirely on the strength of the organization of his supporters, not his PAC, says a lot, and he's only going to get stronger.

    Ron Paul has some good ideas, but Romney will turn around America, or at least a good part of the Obama disaster. (Obama's torture of the economy makes Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like cherry bombs!)

    Paul's PAC arranged for 600 discount tickets for Paul supporters for this event. That is more than 150 more tickets than he got votes. I'm not complaining about this, and think it does show organizational strength, but it helps explain why his apparent popularity at CPAC and SRLC is not reflected in state polls, the best early indicators of election primary results.

    Congrats to both men, who are leaders in their own right and reflect America's highest hopes. I hope they both run in 2012, and then we'll see the polls that really matter.

    —-
    *Obama side note:

    Please explain to me why Mao, a Communist dictator / mass murderer was on the White House Christmas tree ornaments this December? Also, why is Obama donating $400,000 in taxpayer money to Libyan dictator / airline terrorist Qaddafi? Why did he fly the Chinese flag, for the first time in history, over Washington, DC? Why has he taken over 52% of America's economy, between banks, car companies, health care, student loans, and more? Why has he diluted America's influence, perhaps treasonously, by signing over several of our sovereign powers to the G20? Why did he almost get away with signing over more at Copenhagen, if not for ClimateGate and British Lord Monckton's warnings?) He's raising our taxes at the very moment our economy needs a jolt. Instead of focusing on creating new private sector jobs, he's fed and sold out our businesses to Unions (is this the United States of America or the Union States of America?), is promoting card check, and is focusing on growing the public sector.

  5. Eric Dondero says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 10:48 am (#)

    Though, Romney is not what you'd call a "libertarian Republican," he does have a great many self-described libertarian supporters. His campaign in 2008, particularly the upper campaign staff was loaded with principled libertarians.

    To dismiss him as you do as not a friend of libertarians, is bit of an insult to his many libertarian campaign workers and staff.

    Recall, Romney himself has made many favorable comments about libertarians in the past. Kind of insulting to blast someone who is saying kind words about your own movement.

  6. Eric Dondero says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 10:48 am (#)

    Though, Romney is not what you'd call a "libertarian Republican," he does have a great many self-described libertarian supporters. His campaign in 2008, particularly the upper campaign staff was loaded with principled libertarians.

    To dismiss him as you do as not a friend of libertarians, is bit of an insult to his many libertarian campaign workers and staff.

    Recall, Romney himself has made many favorable comments about libertarians in the past. Kind of insulting to blast someone who is saying kind words about your own movement.

  7. Alex says:

    April 11th, 2010 at 2:13 pm (#)

    Passing UHC and cap/trade in your state is not libertarian friendly.

  8. Jordan says:

    April 12th, 2010 at 12:28 am (#)

    If you thought CBS was too subtle in its marginalization, check out what they're saying across the pond:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/11/mitt-

  9. Jordan says:

    April 12th, 2010 at 12:28 am (#)

    If you thought CBS was too subtle in its marginalization, check out what they're saying across the pond:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/11/mitt-

  10. Rep. Ron Paul Speech at Southern Republican Leadership Conference « The Smoking Argus Daily | Investigating the Underbelly of Politics and Government says:

    April 12th, 2010 at 12:31 am (#)

    [...] as Representative Paul and the message of Liberty continue to gain momentum, the old-media as the LibertyMaven points out(1) is none to thrilled and spare no chance to minimize the statesman or the prospect of greater [...]

  11. LibertarianMike says:

    April 12th, 2010 at 1:47 am (#)

    What a bunch of cuntbags.

  12. Glen says:

    April 19th, 2010 at 4:50 am (#)

    hmm do you watch Beck?

  13. EGR says:

    June 21st, 2010 at 11:16 pm (#)

    I'll take the first one…Mao was not on the Christmas tree. That would be Foxnews and Glenn Beck having a laugh at your expense. That's unfortunate, because you seem very interested an engaged in issues of importance, and it's sad and unfair they would take advantage of you like that.
    http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/12/23/is-

  14. George Washington says:

    May 16th, 2011 at 1:49 pm (#)

    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself. The World is watching. Ron Paul for President in 2012.

    Thank You

  15. George Washington says:

    May 17th, 2011 at 12:11 pm (#)

    Please, Give America the breather She deserves. Giver her back her Constitution.

    To feel the "change," as professed by Mr. Obama in 2008, please join me and so many others in 2012 for Ron Paul. If you view his issues as radical, please, i beg of You to invest a little time to research exactly what is being talked about. America cannot afford more of the same.

    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself. The World is watching. Ron Paul for President in 2012.

    Thank You

    ttp://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul.htm The facts speak for themselves

  16. Adam F. Kohler says:

    August 2nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm (#)

    I've been a Mitt Romney supporter since the 2008 elections. Today I have decided to switch my support to Ron Paul. He did not vote for raising the debt ceiling. He is a principled man and can win in 2012.