Jon Stewart points out the hypocrisy of the mainstream media. They even joke about the fact that they studiously ignore Ron Paul.
What I don’t understand is how the media can not take Ron Paul seriously, when they seem to be able to take people like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and even Sarah Palin seriously. It boggles my imagination.
More Jon Stewart goodness about the Ames Iowa Straw Poll. Also definitely worth a read is Andy Borowitz’s post “S&P Downgrades Iowa’s IQ“.
UPDATE: The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism ranked the presidential candidates in terms of how much coverage they are receiving from the media. Sure enough, Ron Paul ranked tenth — far below even non-candidates Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, or floundering candidate Newt Gingrich. The Republican candidate who received the most media coverage was Mitt Romney, who came in behind Paul in the Ames Straw Poll. Even Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race because it was going so poorly, received almost twice as much attention from the media as Paul.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not a Paul supporter — but it seems really strange to me that he could come in second in the straw poll, receiving within 1% as many votes as the winner, and still the media pretty much ignores him.
UPDATE 2: The Economist has an excellent article about how the media manufactures irrelevance for Ron Paul, while giving more attention to people like Michele Bachmann than they ever deserve.