Mainstream Media Discover Ron Paul

Wolf Richter's picture
By Wolf Richter

The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times, and other mainstream media have engaged in an obvious and silly boycott of presidential candidate Ron Paul. Report after report about the Republican primary excluded him, though occasionally they’d mention his name—to be fair and balanced. For example, the media coverage on October 11 ahead of the GOP debate that evening looked like this:

  • The Wall Street Journal’s front-page article, “Debates Take Candidates for a Bumpy Ride,” didn’t mention Ron Paul.
  • The New York Times’ front-page article, “Five Things to Watch for in the G.O.P. Debate,” mentioned Ron Paul's name at the bottom, in a parenthetical remark that acknowledged his presence.
  • NPR's four-and-a-half minute report covered Sarah Palin's and Chris Christie's exit from the race; Herman Cain's from-the-outside strategy; Mitt Romney's 25% ceiling and his “Mormon problem”; and Rick Perry’s lousy performance during debates. But no mention of Ron Paul.

Ron Paul simply didn’t exist. Maybe the mainstream media were trying to relegate him to oblivion because his anti-Fed and anti-war viewpoints were inconvenient. But even people who weren’t supporters of Ron Paul were outraged: a democracy that wants to be vibrant needs adequate news coverage of major political players. And their outrage lit up the blogosphere, social media, and other outlets.

But a new era has dawned: The New York Times has discovered Ron Paul. Or were the editors afraid that, by sticking to their boycott, they’d have to make do with this headline: "Romney finishes second in Iowa Caucus, Perry Third, and Gingrich Fourth." Which would have been a riot.

Instead: “Paul Moves into Lead in Iowa Forecast,” was today’s headline in the NYT. The article discussed the dynamics in Iowa, where Ron Paul is now expected to beat Romney and demolish Perry and Gingrich. And then the author mused that "...all bets would be off if Mr. Paul won New Hampshire too."

I was stunned to read this in the NYT. And there was one article after another that at least mentioned Ron Paul in some significant way. So I did some counting:

  • December 19:    5 articles (as of noon)
  • December 18:    6 articles
  • December 17:    4 articles
  • December 16:  11 articles

OK, a couple of them were by Paul Krugman who was firing off ineffectual broadsides at Ron Paul. But others were outright positive.

For example, an article today on Gingrich's tax plan paid a compliment to Ron Paul—the Tax Foundation had given Gingrich’s plan a C+ and Ron Paul’s plan a B (Huntsman scored highest with a B+).

But he hasn’t won the mainstream media battle just yet. Yesterday’s article, “G.O.P. Contests Near, and the Pace Picks Up,” discussed the major Republican candidates:

  1. Newt Gingrich—3 paragraphs, 168 words (which ironically included "Mr. Gingrich is leading in polls in Iowa").
  2. Mitt Romney—3 paragraphs, 181 words.
  3. Ron Paul—1 paragraph, 73 words.
  4. Rick Perry—2 paragraphs, 127 words.
  5. Michele Bachman—2 paragraphs, 133 words.
  6. Jon Huntsman—1 paragraph, 94 words.
  7. Rick Santorum—1 paragraph, 41 words.

Of all the contenders, the leader in Iowa, Ron Paul, was given the second smallest piece of verbal real estate. Nevertheless, and unlike before, he was there bright and visible.

But it gets better for Ron Paul: "Paul’s Ground Game,’ in Place Since ’08, Gives Him an Edge” admired the depth, longevity, and effectiveness of his campaign organization in Iowa. And even potential issues came across as oblique praise:

His consistent positions over the years also set him apart from other candidates bedeviled by charges of flip-flopping. But they could also undermine him, as his debate performance Thursday highlighted a rigid antiwar stance out of sync with many Republicans.

After reading it, one wonders if the reporter wasn’t secretly rooting for Ron Paul. And it isn’t just The New York Times. NPR and others have followed. This kind of mainstream media coverage is a huge win for Ron Paul—and for democracy in America.

For the whole debacle of the mainstream media boycott, read.... Where the Heck is Ron Paul?

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UGrev's picture

There are now fears that the Iowa caucus will get hacked?  Ok, so the narrative goes like this.

"OMG! Ron Paul won the Iowa caucus, tell everyone that they were tampered with by these hackers!"

Did I win? fucking sheeple.. give me my prize bitches!

swani's picture


You are obviously a party apparatchik. That, mentally retarded, or completely brainwashed, but if you were that retarded or that brainwashed, you wouldn't understand, or spend time reading this blog.   

Rynak's picture

No, he/she/it (most probably "it") doesn't actually believe what "it" is saying.

swani's picture

I hope that Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination, but I am not very hopeful that he will be allowed to win unless the people  start demanding that the Diebold machines are independently tested for security or that manual counting returns.

We have a country that has lost the rule of law, a country that allows financial institutions to commit mass fraud for profit and does absolutely nothing to prosecute any crimes committed by the financial sector, even when these crimes have devastated the economy. We signed the Patriot Act into law, even though it is identical to the Nazi Constitution. We have a State controlled media that blacks out candidates like Ron Paul and does not report on the passages of bills like the NDAA. With a situation as dire a this, could we really trust that the Diebold vote counting machines, a business financed by these very people, would not be hacked to miscount votes cast for a person, like Ron Paul, who has vowed to uphold our Constitution? 

If we think this, we are really blind. 

blueridgeviews's picture

The only reason the media is covering Ron Paul is to help Obama. Ron Paul is the weakest candidate.  if I were Obama's campaign manager I would want to run against Ron Paul since he would be the easiest to beat.

Remember folks. we don't have a fair press in this country. All except Fox are in bed wiith the democrats.

pineyard's picture

Well ... if I a foreigner may allow to put forward my suggestion :

Ron Paul would be an excellent president IF he puts his actions where is mouth has been 

First of all :

1. an UNCONDITIONAL PROMISE  upon entering office to IMMIDIATELY ABOLISH   all laws recently indtroduced in the USA INFRINGING on  PERSONAL LIBERTY and RIGHTS enshrined in the US Constitution

2. Immidiately DISSOLVE the HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT and all similar and affiliated organisations of CONTROL ,  SURVEILLANCE and REPRESSION  of the General Population

3. to withdraw US MILITARY from most of the Bases established worldwide

4. to INDICT those POLITICIANS  incuding former Presidents of the US who blatantly have violated the US CONSTITITION as well as INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS now for decades

5. to INDICT those FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS including Federal Reserve Officials who have lied to and stolen from  the general population in the Interest of BIG FINANCE

6. to return to SOUND MONEY .. as hard and painful as that road may be enabling the US to STOP cheating the remainder of the World ... and for the US to be able to live of the fruits of its OWN labour ..and not that of Other nations

I am afraid .. that the Incumbent will be ASSASINATED ...or  Elections will be postponed by MARTIAL LAW  if there is the slightest possibility that he could win on such a   programe ... just like Kennedy and his brother  most certainly were murdered by big  US INTERESTS ... 

ejhickey's picture

If all that you suggest happened in the first month of RP's presidency, there would be a such a sudden upsurge in heart attacks and strokes in the US that would overhelm our healthcare system.  there would also be a run Kleenex and other tissue from the rest of us weeping with joy.

thegr8whorebabylon's picture

RP makes me cry.  Sometimes I even think he might be one of Isaiah's 'witnesses'.  But that's just me.


Weren't they saving Patraeus for the end-run?

ebworthen's picture

We can only hope the main stream pee stream media serves as more than an effluence outlet.

besnook's picture

the biggest problem with the popularity of ron paul is tptb will do everything to shut down the internet before someone(or many people) with the same ideas and way more articulate tries to do the same thing.

the msm has chosen every president since kennedy and they perfected the art with shrub and obama. having an old, plain spoken white dude do an end around their zionist, neocon, fascist game has them chasing free range chickens. they will use a gun to end the chase.

Temporalist's picture

I found this interestng.  Chinese economics professor agreeing with Dr. Paul on bubbles from hot money:

“A two-year lending binge and the government’s plan to transform Hainan, in the South China Sea, into an international tourism destination helped fuel a 48 percent surge in Sanya’s home prices last year, making it the nation’s best-performing property market. As China in 2011 switched gears with policies such as increased deposit requirements designed to curb speculation, Sanya’s home prices have dropped 28 percent since last December.

“It was really no different to what was driving prices in other cities in China, which was an explosion of liquidity that caused asset inflation across the country,” said Patrick Chovanec, an associate professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in Beijing.

China spent 4 trillion yuan ($628 billion) to shield its economy as credit markets froze when Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in September 2008. It also encouraged banks to lend out a record $2.7 trillion in 2009 and 2010, fueling a surge in home prices and construction that it’s now battling to restrain after warning of an asset bubble."

Joseph Jones's picture

Just to contrast Ron Paul's lack of enthusiasm for Israel vs. Romney.

Romney selected Michael Chertoff (MC) to head his foreign policy team.

MC is a dual-citizen (Israel) and member of the most brutal, caustic, racist, blood-thirsty branch of Orthodox Judaism, Chabad Lubavitch.

MC was US attorney while US Congressman (R-OH) James Trafficant spoke out publicly against US-Israel policy.  JT agrees with George Washington’s Farewell Address regarding our relationship with Israel, which harms the USA because it joins us to the hip with the most hated nation extant.

MC suborned perjury and trumped up corruption charges against JT, resulting in JT spending seven years in prison.

As reward for his great work, the Rabbis ordered their White House sycophant Bush to make MC Chief of Homeland Security.

Immediately after MC left his govt post, he went to work for the company who makes X-ray body scanners, declared carcinogenic and banned by the European transit authority.  MC made many millions of dollars selling the body scanners to his friends in high places at the US TSA.

If you love the current Mid East wars, you’ll love the nuclear holocaust in Iran shortly after Chertoff whispers in President Romney’s ear.

Michael's picture

Beautiful RT reporters are intelligent analysts, and not just beautiful.

RT Women Discuss David Horowitz Attacks on Ron Paul as Anti-Semite

Sathington Willougby's picture

Ramesh you have a little RNC-emen running down your chin.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Thx, the article is a master jingo smear.

Timing is perfect - a Ramesh guy shot himself in the toe ...

Go RP !

TerraHertz's picture

Ron Paul is one nice old gentleman of principles.

Principles that are anathema to the existing powers.

He will never set foot in the White House as President. 100% certain he will be assassinated before he gets there. And America is a nation of cowards, for pretending that one nice old man can 'save you' from the vast evil that has entrenched itself in the power structures of your nation. It's way past that stage. The only thing that will save you now, is the Carlin Solution. Massive bloodshed. There is no other way to restore the honor of your nation, than to take out the evil focks that are deliberately running it into the ground at present.

For an idea of the scale of solution that is now unavoidable, it's going to require the military to be ordered into actions drastic enough to cause a mutiny, between those obedient to the bankers and The Tribe, and those patriots who will refuse to fire on their own brothers and sisters in the streets. You'd better pray the patriots are still in a majority.

Only after that little problem is sorted out, and the military is once again wholly on the side of the people, will there be any hope of really solving this.

10,000 heads on pikes - that would be a fair start. More likely something like that in each major city. And you all know it in your hearts.

The main objective of the MSM these days, is to postpone that day of violent revolution. The primary means they have of postponing it, is by demoralizing and fragmenting those Americans who understand what is happening, and what must be done.

And this is why, if the MSM are suddenly 'noticing' Ron Paul, he'd better quadruple his bodyguard. Because it means someone has decided to make a public example of him. And when that goes down, the more people who knew of him and what he stands for, and have pinned their hopes on him, the better. (In the view of the Elites.) That will be more people in shock, lost, despairing and fearful of standing against the existing powers.

This is why he's being 'noticed'. Not because he's succeeding at polls. Only because his success despite the MSM ban has stepped the game up to the next level.

Wait and see. What's the bet an 'Iranian terror terror bomb bomb BOMB!' just happens to kill Ron Paul.  Or a 'mentally disturbed gunman' (with curious gaps in his recent history) shoots Ron Paul. Or he has a sudden coronary just after eating lunch. On an '11th' date, just so everyone who understands these bastards *knows* who did it.

You're all pussies. Including the OWS crowd.

my puppy for prez's picture

I agree with some of what you said, but the namecalling is NOT helpful!  Why don't you encourage people to not put all their eggs in one basket instead of casting rude aspersions?

As one who will vote for RP, I do NOT assume that he could "save us" from all of our problems.  I have studied the NWO topic for some time now and have a decent grasp on the agenda that defines TPTB.  Their tentacles are vast, deep, and yes, GLOBAL.  They play to win.  But that does not necessitate defeatist thumbsucking or even immediate muskets on the street just yet.

Of course RP is in mortal danger....any idiot could figure that out....and I guarantee HE knows that better than anyone.

For now, I will take the approach of Ghandi...there will be plenty of time for more dire efforts later.  

False flag attacks, mysterious "heart attacks", "crazed" lone gunmen....they have a myriad of tricks up their sleeves.  But if the threat of danger causes one to NOT use available options such as voting, then they have already won.  

Your words insult the basic human tendency to seek hope and a better world.  Why denigrate those virtues?  We are "big boys/girls" here at ZH....some of the best and brightest posters anywhere on the no need to characterize us as ignorant fools.  If RP doesn't win, then we will shake it off and go for Plan B.  That's how we roll...

thegr8whorebabylon's picture

a nation of cowards, for pretending that one nice old man can 'save you' from the vast evil that has entrenched itself

He is a witness to truth.  If they kill him the witness will rise.

slackrabbit's picture



There has been outright panic by the mainstream media. A friend of mine, who works at Fox news, tells of the news section being 'confused' at their drop in ratings. They apparently seemed to think, that they, not us decided elections.


Like you say, even non Ron Paul supporters became Ron Paul’s supporters, simply because the MSM bias clearly was affecting the election outcome and democracy in general. Every MSM outlet thought 'someone else’ would cover him, and so no one did. With the blackout becoming beyond embarrassing and openly looking like conspiracy the MSM is seeing both plummeting ratings and advertising money was going to less mainstream channels. Apparently Russia Today is very happy with the whole fiasco - its ratings have jumped hugely.

I guess they just ran of bullshit.



my puppy for prez's picture

Thanks for the "insider" peek into the whore that is the MSM.  Please keep us updated on your friend's observations as things progress!

connda's picture

I'd love to see just one MSM news anchor go "Howard Beale" on the world.

Freddie's picture

Fox Al Waleed, Disney/ABC Al Waleed, CNN/TW-Al Waleed,NBC/Comcast/GE Al Waleed (billions in contractos with House of Saud & GE), the list goes on.   F Fox. F CNN and MSNC.  TV is for morons cowards.  Wake up people.  You watch it = you support your serfdom.   ALL TV, All Hollywood, All the media are total sh*t.  They are there to lie and manipulate.  Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage - all hate Ron Paul.   Wonder why Glenn Beck got off TV and started his own web network?  F TV. F the ball games.

There are about two newspaper exceptions. One in the Uk and one in the US and it is not Murdoch's WSJ.  

Dig around and you will see he has connections or investments in all the networks.  The Saudis are not the only evil infecting Tv and the media.  They are close allies with others involved in the media. Let's just say Iran is their common enemy. 

akak's picture

Good post!

Just one question though: How could ANY ZeroHedger have an employee of FOX News (sic) as a friend?

my puppy for prez's picture

The one employee at Fox news that I really respect is Judge Napolitano.  He is an ardent Constitutionalist.  I don't know how he can stand to work there!  

That said, I stopped watching Fox a long time ago.  The dumbed down, jingoistic spewing is just too much for an educated mind to endure!

Freddie's picture

One question to you.  Do you watch TV?  If so then you are with the elites and you are f***king serf and moron.

my puppy for prez's picture

To be an impartial observer is NOT akin to being a brainwashed devotee.

Ever heard of keeping tabs on your enemies?

I do turn on Fox in my kitchen when I am doing dishes or cooking for this simple reason:  I have many friends and family that watch and trust it, and I want to know what the lies d'jour are so I can refute them!  But I will say that watching is very painful and intellectually insulting!

akak's picture

Yes I do, at least on occasion.

But then again, I am an intellectual masochist.

connda's picture

Looks like ZH now has established the Ron Paul Volatility Index (RPVIX), based on the whip-sawing of positive and negative responses to various Ron Paul comments posted here.  And much like its counter-part, the Market Volatility Index, increased volatility in the RPVIX is a harbinger of change to come.  No, not the sticky, sweet pabulum BS the has been shoveled down the collective gaping pie-holes of America’s slumbering middle-class by the MSM,; and not the gooey yellow baby-shit that is normally extruded by the “bought and paid for” politico space-monkeys, e.g., “Change We Can Believe In” (and other straight out lies such as "Transparency in Government").

If the Ron Paul Volatility Index says anything, it says that real change is coming down the road, and that change probably won’t be comfortable for many. Change never is.  But if its change that levels out the playing fields, and fosters a new beginning of growth and prosperity for this country; if it shakes the average Joe and Jane Six-pack out of their Tivo and iPod induced stupors; then brother – bring it on!

Wakanda's picture

RPVIX = delta Ron Paul + marks / delta Ron Paul - marks ?

The sheeple are waking!!!  

Bring it awwwwwwwwwwwn!!!

hz's picture

This nonense article says it's because he's anti-Fed and anti-war. There are plenty of anti-war politicians who get a lot more press than him, and Rick Perry is anti-Fed. Being both isn't enough to explain the media ignoring him.

The real reason the media ignore him is because he even ADDRESSES Zionism (inclduing him dedicating a chapter to the topic in his last book), and as he gains popularity you start seeing more desparate, obvious methods to isolate him like banning him from platforms like this:


my puppy for prez's picture

Look...I live in Texas and know Rick Perry's hijinx all too well.  I can authoratatively tell you that Perry has adopted the "anti-FED" stance just recently after noticing how much traction it is getting politically.  And then, at the same time he was denouncing the FED, video evidence shows him receiving hearty support from the big banks!  He is a liar extraordinaire, and he would be the banksters little bitch if he were to be elected, which he won't.

Joseph Jones's picture

Next thing some god-forsaken crackpot will post the Rabbis and Judaics are NOT God's Chosenites!

(sarc off) 

Divine Wind's picture

Previously posted by me:


DISCLAIMER: I Love Ron Paul, but see him as unelectable for a variety of reasons, none of which you Libertarians seem to want to face.

Ron Paul CAN NOT and WILL NOT get the nomination. Not because of lack of general popularity, but because the lib media will destroy him, just as I am about to do below:

He has delivered 4000+ babies:

Do you really think he will make it through the election gauntlet with this baggage? He has manhandled 4000 snappers with kids hanging out. For sure, a bunch of them will come forward to say that RP abused them in some way, touched them inappropriately, fucked up their kid or did something else wrong. This is certain. Even if all of it is BS, it will bog him down.

Not enough? Already hit the neg vote arrow?

How about this:

Here is an excerpt from an article on RP electability from Hot Air:

Paul, writing in his independent political newsletter in 1992, reported about unspecified surveys of blacks.

    ”Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action,”

Paul continued that politically sensible blacks are outnumbered

    “as decent people.”

Citing reports that 85 percent of all black men in the District of Columbia are arrested, Paul wrote:

    “Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal,” Paul said.

Paul also wrote that although

    “we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”

Need more or are you still in political fantasy land salivating over the Libertarian Dream Team?

How about Paul’s suggestion that the age of adulthood for criminal prosecution be lowered — for blacks?

    “We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”

Do you really think that with quotes like this on record, and not having the backing of the MSM to cover for you, as they have done for POTUS, that he stands a chance?

The Congressional Black Caucus will eat his lunch.

The Hot Air article goes on with much more, but suffice it to say that if RP wins the nomination, this election is a walkaway. The libtards will destroy him.

Save your money. Go buy a new Wii instead. The impact on your life will be far greater.

Again, I love the guy, but as we say here in Texas:

This dog don't hunt.


ElTerco's picture

I'm guessing you never read, "The Fountainhead".  The above quotes remind me of how Dominique Francon
commented about Howard Roarke's architecture.  I think that if Ron Paul did say these things, he did so
in the spirit of Dominique with the goal of taking a poke at the government's way of spinning things
rather than making a racist comment.  Unfortunately, nobody but Paul got the joke.  But that's the
problem with Paul... he is an incredibly smart man with incredibly poor communication skills.  He
doesn't understand that the world works in terms of sound bites, and that if he tries to communicate
as a man instead of as a puppet, he is going to have his words twisted and ridiculed. 

SilverRhino's picture

Let them come after RP for racism and they will accidentally strip white mans guilt off of millions of us and demolish the stigma of racism.

"Racist, culturalist and religionist."

aka "I am white, I hate ghetto culture and I am Christian so fucking deal with it"

akak's picture

"Racism: If it's good enough for blacks, Japs and Zionists, it's good enough for the rest of us"


PS: I expect to receive at least several red arrows for adding the word "Zionists" above to my list of racist groups.  Well, to all the Mossad-employed trolls and paid operatives who give me such, fuck you and your whole wargod-chosen-people mythological racist fantasies already.

IQ 101's picture

Kamikazi,Thou knowest not what love is, methinks, thou  protesteteth too much.

for an lover, thou speaketh much against our future prince and for a friend ye are nought, a fool and pretender are thee, having no insight nor

truth, but only guile and deception, cunning as a Hyena,a dog.

Testiculese (213 B.C.)

ejhickey's picture

does this mean I shouldn't vote for him or are you just saying "don't get your hopes up"?  I read the article and all of those allegatons can be explained more easily than the fact that our current prez is willing to accept the power to kill American citizens without a trial or the fact that he has continued wars that he promised to end or that his justice department has left the guilty banksters go free.  At least the explanations make more sense to me

gangland's picture

if ron paul won all the states that mccain won in 2008 and picked up indiana & iowa, he would still need north calrolina OR virginia AND pennsylvania, ohio and florida to win.

even if paul wins florida, virginia and north carolina, he could not beat obama without either pennsylvnia or ohio.

I dont see independents swinging another landslide to the same degree that they did in 2008. I think turnout will be about even, with obama wininning with 299 electoral votes.

_Alekhine_'s picture

What you don't realize is that if he runs as the Republician nominee, he will take California.

gangland's picture

riiiight and detroit will win the superbowl. what you don't realize is that the gop can try the reagan strategy, but this isn't the california of 1980 and paul is no actor.

akak's picture

Spreading dirt on a candidate only works when it is true, or at least honestly reflective of the character of that individual.

However, as we all know (or should), the above quotes (which were NOT writtten nor approved by Ron Paul) are NOT representative, in even the slightest degree, of his views or of his character, as the simple fact that there are NO other even vaguely similar statements or writings made by the man himself which express such sentiments or beliefs --- on the contrary, there is a VAST amount of his quotes, writings and speeches which directly contradict such misattributed racist viewpoints. 

So which is one logically going to believe truly represents Ron Paul's beliefs: the 0.01% of everything that could even be remotely attributed to Ron Paul, and which he manifestly did NOT write nor endorse, or the 99.99% of everything written or spoken by the man which expressly contradict that 0.01%?

Misean's picture

They've aired this crap the last time around. The problem when you give enough time to expose such lies, the propagandists utterings the second time 'round often backfire.

Joseph Jones's picture

Yes.  Racist/Zionist/Rabbinical Talmudist Micheal Medved was all over this last election cycle.

vxpatel's picture

We elected a coke head, deserter, womanizing drunk...and a southern hill billy with a penchant for trailer trash and fat chics...


yes, RP is 'electable', but it will have to be with the people's money...can we raise that much money???

Freddie's picture

You forgot the islamic with sealed records.