The Daily Show's Jon Stewart poked fun at the mainstream television media's insistence on ignoring Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, labeling the popular Libertarian as 'the 13th floor in a hotel.'
Among the Republican presidential candidates jockeying for position ahead of the 2012 election, 12-term Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has become accustomed to not receiving mainstream media coverage, particularly among influential television media outlets.
Tim Stanley, writing for the Telegraph, attempted to assess the reasoning behind the near-universal dismissal of the Ron Paul campaign, characterizing the Paul candidacy with the vigor it likely deserves and highlighting the desire of the American media to ignore him outright.
"Ron Paul is a serious candidate with a real constituency, a twelve-term congressman who ran for the Presidency twice (as a Libertarian and a Republican)," Stanley wrote. "He is a doctor, a veteran and a fine public speaker. I saw him orate at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference and was bowled over. For ten minutes I was spellbound by his rapid-fire straight-talking, which detoured into scholarly pot-shots at the American-Philippine War of 1899 and John Maynard Keynes. He polled first in the Conference straw poll, a feat he repeated in 2011. Yet even when he romps home, the media pretends he doesn’t exist. If Ron Paul were to win every single primary on next year’s Super Tuesday, the New York Times would run with the headline 'Mitt Romney Comfortable Second – Nomination Assured.'”
But this cannot be true. This certainly must be the stuff of totalitarian regimes, where the media is controlled by the state and by the desires of the state.
Comedy Central's The Daily Show, hosted by Jon Stewart, held the media up to scrutiny in the wake of the Iowa straw poll and cast a light on the mainstream media's insistence that the Ron Paul candidacy can be ignored.
"How did Libertarian Ron Paul become the thirteenth floor in a hotel," Jon Stewart asked, rolling clip after clip of the media's attempt to erase the popular candidate.
Dr. Paul placed second in the Iowa straw poll with 4,671 votes against Michele Bachmann's 4,823 votes, according to Mediaite.com. However, the media has insisted the GOP race is a three-way contest between Bachmann, Perry and Romney.