Media claims Paul’s events, attended by thousands, are not newsworthy
March 14, 2012
It is now official. The mainstream media is no longer covering Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.
A few weeks ago Dylan Byers of Politico reported that NBC News was the only media organization that still had a reporter covering Ron Paul full-time.
Now Byers has filed an update revealing that Anthony Terrell of NBC News has also been reassigned.
“Ron Paul is officially embedless.” writes Byers, adding that NBC has refused to comment on the decision.
Byers also reveals that other mainstream organizations, including Fox News, have no intention of putting a reporter back out full-time.
“Paul doesn’t have as many events right now as the other candidates in the race,” Hunter Ryan, the politics editor at Fox News Channel, told Byers.
“He is focusing on certain states. I am planning on covering him… [and] a combination of embed and bureau resources will be used to cover Paul going forward.”
“For most political reporters, he is all but irrelevant to the future of the GOP contest.” Byers adds.
As Paul supporters will know, any claim that Paul is not holding as many events as the other candidates is pure fiction. Indeed, Paul’s events consistently attract numbers in the thousands.
Just this past weekend, Paul spoke to 2300 people in Greene County, St.Louis, 2500 people in St. Charles County, St.Louis and 2100 voters at The University of Kansas.
Indeed, Anthony Terrell himself took this picture of Paul’s huge Kansas event. From now on, it seems that the campaign with be relying on supporters and it’s own staff to report on such events.
Furthermore, the Congressman is scheduled to hold similar sized events this week in Illinois and Missouri. Next week Paul will hold a major luncheon in Los Angeles and will appear on The Jay Leno show.
To suggest that the Congressman is winding down his campaign is laughable. While the other candidates are barely filling offices in small buildings, Paul is speaking to jam packed auditoriums and theaters and having to turn away hundreds of people from his events.
Paul has even spoken of his suspicions over the results of recent caucuses, owing to the vast numbers of people his events are attracting.
To suggest that Paul cannot influence the rest of the nomination race is simply bad journalism. As PolicyMic reports today, the Congressman has more than doubled his voter base from 2008.
Furthermore, Paul’s campaign is still pushing to exceed the 270 delegates that Mitt Romney managed in 2008, which earned him a speaking slot at the national convention.
There is also still a possibility of a brokered convention, meaning that a floor fight could see delegates switch to Paul on a secondary ballot. Then there is the possibility that Paul could use his sway at the convention as a bargaining tool with Romney.
In any case, Ron Paul isn’t going away, despite the fact that the media now officially refuses to cover his campaign.
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