Will the mainstream media continue to ignore Dr. Paul’s campaign, or will they wake up and smell themselves? It may be a time for them to start giving Dr. Paul’s campaign some serious coverage.
After the Reagan Library debate, Ron Paul was ignored by big media, in spite of winning post debate polls conducted by MSNBC and ABC. ABC went as far as to delete comments posted on their site by Ron Paul supporters. His performance in the polls was dismissed as “…based on Web traffic over the past week, is that Paul supporters have mastered the art of “viral marketing,” using Internet savvy and blog postings to create at least the perception of momentum for his long-shot presidential bid.”
The danger for big media, and what they should guard against, is that this could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. What if those of us who are “internet savvy” actually did start working hard to boost Dr. Paul’s presence in a non-organic way? There is a very real danger of this happening should the media continue to ignore the Paul campaign.
The smart move for big media is to cover the campaign and present it to the people on their terms. This is the only way they could actually control (spin) the information in the way they choose. Continuing to ignore its existence is only going to create a bigger firestorm down the road over which they have no control.
Isn’t it amazing that it is damn near impossible to keep good ideas quiet in a free speaking society? It’s almost as if someone intended it to be that way.
As a Paul supporter, it may seem odd that I’m willing to write the play book for the media, but I seriously doubt they would follow such a course. This is more or less so that I can say “I told you so” down the road.