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article imageDid CBS purposely exclude Rep. Paul from report, poll graphic?

By Andrew Moran     Jan 9, 2012 in Politics
Manchester - Does the mainstream media hate Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul? That's what many of his supporters are asking themselves now. After Jan Crawford of CBS News omitted Dr. Paul from her report and from a polling graphic, many have complained to CBS.
According to the latest Suffolk University poll in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sits in first place with 33 percent, while Dr. Paul polled second with 20 percent. Meanwhile, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who has bet his own campaign on the Granite State, is third with 13 percent. One day before the primary, 12 percent remain undecided.
If you’re a viewer of CBS News, though, you would have thought that the Texas Congressman dropped out of the race or was not included in the poll. Why? During a segment on Thursday titled “New Hampshire is the new Iowa,” CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford did not make one reference to Paul nor was he included in the poll’s graphic that listed the candidates and their survey numbers.
Many of the bestselling author’s supporters were deeply disappointed in the news network and the correspondent. Dozens of people went to Crawford’s Facebook page and posted negative comments. Others actually called Crawford’s number and left messages criticizing her report. Meanwhile, hundreds are still publishing remarks on the YouTube video.
“As usual the LAME stream media is bias--they cannot report objectively and are constantly losing creditability. Another idiot reporter and so called journalist. Do these people actually go to college--oh yea--brain washing going on there also. Unreal JAN!” one Facebook user wrote.
“Wow Jan, I'd really hate to be in your shoes right now!!! Better re-check your purpose in life,” wrote another Facebook user.
The news of Paul’s exclusion from the New Hampshire report has made the rounds on a few mainstream publications, including the International Business Times.
Crawford joined CBS News from ABC in 2009. Media Bistro reported that a year later, David Rhodes, CBS president, promoted Crawford to political correspondent for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. “I know Jan will keep us honest on the candidates as the primary process unfolds,” wrote Rhodes in an internal memo.
The New Hampshire primary will be held Tuesday. According to Real Clear Politics, Paul sits in fourth place nationally with 11.7 percent. He is behind Romney (26.3 percent), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (17.7 percent) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (15.7 percent). Texas Governor Rick Perry polls fifth place with 5.3 percent and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is last with three percentage points.
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