The big news story last week became the media’s non-coverage of the Ron Paul campaign. After Jon Stewart of The Daily Show successfully brought out the full nature of the media prejudice, it became the story.
That’s how bias backfires. Trying to keep Ron Paul out of the headlines led to putting Ron Paul in the headlines.
How easily a conspiracy of silence turns into a deafening noise.
Media bigots think they are doing a public service when they pick winners and throw out losers before almost anyone has even heard from the challengers. They consider it their job.
Undoubtedly they look at Ron Paul’s platform and say to themselves “This guy doesn’t fit into the normal left-right spectrum, or even neatly into his own party. That makes him unelectable. So we won’t talk about him.” This points to media’s true power: establishing what’s worth talking about.
Trouble is, by rushing to judgment against Paul, they miss the day’s major story: Paul’s appeal transcends usual party lines. It’s not just a tiny cadre of libertarians on his side, it’s conservatives and liberals and exes of both persuasions; it’s centrists who’ve never heard anyone talk about the Federal Reserve before; it’s peaceniks who are serious about ending America’s wars.
It might even be that strong core of American society that still respects honesty and consistency.
The media has missed this elsewhere, too: In repeated recalls and initiatives around the country.
Cover the big story, folks. Not just your own spin.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.