garynorth.com / April 11, 2012
From the day Ron Paul declared he was running, the mainstream media have had a problem: how to keep Paul’s message from getting a hearing.
With a bunch of conservatives in the race, the media could safely focus on the conservative-of-the-month. But now Santorum has quit. It’s down to three: Romney, Gingrich, and Paul.
How will the media spin this? How will they make it a race between Romney and Gingrich, with what’s his name not mentioned?
Paul has money to spend. He will run TV ads. Here’s one aimed at Texans.
If Gingrich is in second place in the primaries, that benefits the mainstream media. They can try to make it a two-horse race. But that tactic will be obvious. It will not work. The Web will not let them get away with anything like this.
If Paul beats Gingrich, the media will keep saying he should pull out of the race. Why should he? He is building his mailing list, primary by primary.
The media will hammer on this: Ron Paul is eccentric who cannot win. This raises a question: How come his campaign has money? How can he afford ton run those ads? How does an eccentric raise so much money?
With Gingrich still in the race, how can the networks not cover the race? Gingrich is just what the doctor ordered. He is there to give the media someone who must be covered. But if they cover him, they must cover Paul.
Conservatives now have a choice: Gingrich (hold your nose), Romney (the Establishment’s candidate), and Paul (small government). The moment of decision has come. They will despair: “Has it come to this?” Yes, it has.