Posted: October 23rd, 2007 by Militant Libertarian
Even though Jeffersonian conservative presidential candidate Ron Paul has declared the media blackout of his candidacy is over, don’t tell that to the editors of the New York Post.
The “conservative” paper owned by Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, has managed the feat of covering the Family Research Council’s recent “Values Voter” presidential debate, and ranking candidates according to their popularity with “values voters” without mentioning third-place finisher GOP presidential contender Ron Paul (R-Tex).
The page 4 story in the Sunday Post, “Religious Right Rejects [Giuliani’s] Values Plea” chooses to report only the “onsite voting results” and then actually drops off Ron Paul’s name. It also manages to write a full article without mentioning either Ron Paul or his results. This is in marked contrast to other major news outlets (CNN, Daily News) that mention Ron Paul and his results as an obviously routine part of the coverage of the Values Voter debate.
Maybe there was justification in leaving Ron Paul out of commentary in a crowded field six months ago. But Ron Paul has now raised more money than most of his fellow GOP candidates and finished higher, on average, in more straw polls than any other GOP candidate.
Coming from behind as a “dark horse,” Ron Paul is arguably the biggest story in American politics in this political year – one of the reasons that, as a free-market news site, FMNN has continually covered him and his campaign.
At this point, the New York Post would seem to owe its readers an explanation of just what its editorial really policy is and what it considers a “conservative.” Even in its own press release, the Family Research Council chose to highlight the on-line straw poll rather than the smaller “onsite” poll results.
Nearly six thousand votes – 5,775 – were cast in the first-ever Values Voters Straw Poll at FRC Action’s 2nd Annual Washington Briefing. FRC Action members had the choice of voting on-line, by mail, or at electronic voting stations during this weekend’s event. All presidential candidates from both parties were listed on the ballot. The following are the straw poll results:
Candidate Name Total Votes Percentage
1. Mitt Romney 1,595 27.62 %
2. Mike Huckabee 1,565 27.10 %
3. Ron Paul 865 14.98 %
4. Fred Thompson 564 9.77 %
5. Sam Brownback 297 5.14 %
6. Duncan Hunter 140 2.42 %
7. Tom Tancredo 133 2.30 %
8. Rudy Giuliani 107 1.85 %
9. John McCain 81 1.40 %
* The full results can be accessed at www.frcaction.org
The straw poll voting process is constructed so that each member of FRC Action will only be able to vote one time regardless of how the voting occurs (i.e. US mail, email alert or at the event). Every member of FRC Action has a unique identifier which must be used in order to vote electronically.
For more information on The Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit, log onto www.frcactionwashingtonbriefing.org
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