Despite Ron Paul running a strong second according to polls and many news stories, CBS News completely blacked him out of their discussion of New Hampshire just the other night. Bloggers and supporters everywhere are outraged over one more instance in continued media bias against the multi-term Congressman from Texas despite his popularity.
Thursday morning January 5th, 2012 on the Early Show, CBS news political correspondent Jan Crawford discusses the New Hampshire primary in video below which is titled ‘New Hampshire is the new Iowa’. During this segment they discuss every candidate in the Republican primary including Bachmann who dropped out, excluding Ron Paul from the entire segment. By not even mentioning Ron Paul’s name, once again, CBS brings into major question their ethics as a news agency. This segment becomes a bit comical/infuriating for Paul supporters as the report states that Romney has a 30 point lead over his rivals displaying Suffolk University Poll numbers for New Hampshire Romney 43% (skips mentioning Ron Paul who has 24% according to Washington Times) then they move to Gingrich, Huntsman and Santorum.
These are not the only dirty tactics used against Paul. A bizarre media circus unexpectedly swarmed him at a small NH meet-and-greet, in what had to have been a staged attack. People were shoved and a performer named “Supreme Vermin” shouted through a bullhorn as Paul, forced to abandon the event, was escorted back into his SUV.
Kathy Steinmetz for TIME relates,
After MoeJoe’s, Paul traveled to a community center for a meeting with homeschoolers. Soon after he arrived, CNN’s Dana Bash questioned Paul’s ability to connect with voters by citing a woman who said she was turned off by Paul’s quick departure from the prior venue. Paul’s campaign manager immediately stopped the interview, telling the reporter she was holding Paul responsible for an incident that had been the media’s fault. Hushed bickering ensued until Paul’s petite wife, Carol, chimed in. A CNN cameraman had pushed her, she said, and told her to “get out of the way.” Bash apologized. All seemed embarrassed. “It was just a mob,” Benton later said.
The impact of the tactics is as questionable as their ethics. Primary voting in NH began at midnight this morning, and in the earliest voting, Paul is still running a strong second.