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FreeTraveler
01-28-2008, 11:36 AM
The Power of Media Spin

Those of you who face the argument that Ron Paul is a "fringe" or "unelectible" candidate may want to show this article to those making the argument that the media is 'fair and balanced'.

I think any Ron Paul supporter would be glad to see the following coverage of Dr. Paul.



Presidential hopeful Ron Paul is anything but a mainstream candidate, so it stands to reason his supporters should be a little unconventional as well.

And highly motivated.

Paul's adherents take to the street with signs, preach to neighbors, organize precinct teams and Internet fundraisers all for the Republican contender.
Why expend such energy and enthusiasm?
Political experts, and Paul partisans themselves, say in some aspects it's a function of youth among whom Paul has sizable support along with a hunger for someone genuinely different and the desire to send a message.

"Wefeel we have to get out there with his message, and his message is one of truth and hope for America," said Sharon Thomann of Lake Worth, a 46-year-old auto body shop owner.

The Texas congressman's calls for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, abolishment of the Federal Reserve Board and Patriot Act, among other proposals, make him attractive to the young, said Kevin Wagner, assistant political science professor at Florida Atlantic University.

A former Libertarian, Paul has a strong pull on like-minded free thinkers.

"He has that anti-establishment thing, and then you combine that with an Internet savvy campaign and you have an appeal to the younger voter," Wagner said. "They're mostly young people looking for that nontraditional candidate and what can you say about Ron Paul? He's certainly nontraditional."

The Internet has been a strong component of what Wagner calls Paul's "viral campaigning." Through it, his followers have organized rallies and broken fundraising records, including $6 million in one day alone.

The Internet has afforded Paul a platform to highlight himself and his issues

"In a sense he's one of the first Internet candidates," the professor said. "He has positioned himself as a player on a big stage, and that's pretty significant."

Ariel Jatib, 34, a Fort Lauderdale computer technologist, also lauds the Internet's importance to Paul's campaign. "I think it's given the people a voice," he said.

The dearth of coverageis a common complaint among his supporters. So they take to the Internet and street corners to get the message out.

Terri Fine, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, said it's not the candidate, but the issues he represents, that entice adherents.

"What he doesis capture the framing of the issues," she said. "The campaign gives a forum for these issues."
For many Paul people, this is their first brush with political activism.

Paul's candidacy lured Kelly Halldorson, a 34-year-old New Hampshire homemaker with three kids, into campaigning for the first time. And she jumped in with vigor. On Friday, she walked from Boca Raton to Miami, waving a sign with the candidate's name.

"I don't want anyone meddling in my affairs, and I don't want to meddle in your things either. Ron Paul represents that sense of freedom," a giddy Halldorson said.

For many, it was Paul's strong anti-war views that stirred them to act.

"That was part of my appeal in supporting him. He was the only one who voted against the Iraq War, and the only one committed to bringing the troops home," Thomann said.

"Do I think we need to be out of Iraq? Absolutely," said Jatib.

Paul also is an alternative to those unhappy with the present political system.

"As to Democrats and Republicans, it's hard to tell the two apart anymore. Ron Paul's kind of filled in the void," said David Stenger, 31, Fort Lauderdale, a computer network analyst and precinct leader. "He's really speaking for change, while the other candidates are just products of the machine."

For Jatib too, a voice for change was more crucial than victory. "This is about effecting change."



The article as it appeared in print, however, had a totally different tone, although it was only a few dozen words longer. I did not change the article except to remove the following phrases. Although they are a small part of the total article, note the extremely negative tone created by these editorial comments.


given little chance of becoming president by polls and pundits
for what most likely is a lost cause
even in defeat
We know Ron Paul's chances of getting elected are not as great as we would like them to be, but
Barring a miracle he's not going to win, but
for a lagging candidate a recent poll showed Paul winning just 5 percent of Florida's Republican voters
He has no chance of winning, but have a chance to do
One thread unites all Paul's people, said Fine: "They're working for somebody who's not going to win. They seem not to be functioning in their best interest."Now read the article as it originally appeared. The deletions I made are shown in bold type. If you want to vote for a winner, would this be someone you'd be interested in?



Presidential hopeful Ron Paul is anything but a mainstream candidate, so it stands to reason his supporters should be a little unconventional as well.

And highly motivated.

Paul's adherents take to the street with signs, preach to neighbors, organize precinct teams and Internet fundraisers all for the Republican contender given little chance of becoming president by polls and pundits.
Why expend such energy and enthusiasm for what most likely is a lost cause?
Political experts, and Paul partisans themselves, say in some aspects it's a function of youth among whom Paul has sizable support along with a hunger for someone genuinely different and the desire to send a message, even in defeat.

"We know Ron Paul's chances of getting elected are not as great as we would like them to be, but wefeel we have to get out there with his message, and his message is one of truth and hope for America," said Sharon Thomann of Lake Worth, a 46-year-old auto body shop owner.

The Texas congressman's calls for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, abolishment of the Federal Reserve Board and Patriot Act, among other proposals, make him attractive to the young, said Kevin Wagner, assistant political science professor at Florida Atlantic University.

A former Libertarian, Paul has a strong pull on like-minded free thinkers.

"He has that anti-establishment thing, and then you combine that with an Internet savvy campaign and you have an appeal to the younger voter," Wagner said. "They're mostly young people looking for that nontraditional candidate and what can you say about Ron Paul? He's certainly nontraditional."

The Internet has been a strong component of what Wagner calls Paul's "viral campaigning." Through it, his followers have organized rallies and broken fundraising records, including $6 million in one day alone.

The Internet has afforded Paul a platform to highlight himself and his issues

"In a sense he's one of the first Internet candidates," the professor said. "Barring a miracle he's not going to win, but he has positioned himself as a player on a big stage, and that's pretty significant."

Ariel Jatib, 34, a Fort Lauderdale computer technologist, also lauds the Internet's importance to Paul's campaign. "I think it's given the people a voice," he said.

The dearth of coverage for a lagging candidate a recent poll showed Paul winning just 5 percent of Florida's Republican voters is a common complaint among his supporters. So they take to the Internet and street corners to get the message out.

Terri Fine, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, said it's not the candidate, but the issues he represents, that entice adherents.

"He has no chance of winning, but what he does have a chance to do is capture the framing of the issues," she said. "The campaign gives a forum for these issues."

For many Paul people, this is their first brush with political activism.

Paul's candidacy lured Kelly Halldorson, a 34-year-old New Hampshire homemaker with three kids, into campaigning for the first time. And she jumped in with vigor. On Friday, she walked from Boca Raton to Miami, waving a sign with the candidate's name.

"I don't want anyone meddling in my affairs, and I don't want to meddle in your things either. Ron Paul represents that sense of freedom," a giddy Halldorson said.

For many, it was Paul's strong anti-war views that stirred them to act.

"That was part of my appeal in supporting him. He was the only one who voted against the Iraq War, and the only one committed to bringing the troops home," Thomann said.

"Do I think we need to be out of Iraq? Absolutely," said Jatib.

Paul also is an alternative to those unhappy with the present political system.

"As to Democrats and Republicans, it's hard to tell the two apart anymore. Ron Paul's kind of filled in the void," said David Stenger, 31, Fort Lauderdale, a computer network analyst and precinct leader. "He's really speaking for change, while the other candidates are just products of the machine."

For Jatib too, a voice for change was more crucial than victory. "He's not likely to get the nomination," he said, "but this is about effecting change."

One thread unites all Paul's people, said Fine: "They're working for somebody who's not going to win. They seem not to be functioning in their best interest."



This article appeard in the Sun-Sentinel on 1/28/09 under the following title and subtitle.
GOP candidate Ron Paul's supporters say change, not winning, is the point
Candidate's supporters say change, not winning, is the point
The article was written by Robert Nolin. A note at the bottom states that staff writer Joel Marino contributed to this report.
The original article appears at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbpaulpeople0126pnjan26,0,2437833.story

driller80545
01-28-2008, 11:43 AM
Well, thank goodness it's a long campaign. As more candidates drop out it will get harder to spin RP as not a serious threat.

Aratus
05-20-2008, 10:47 AM
if the mass media now has spun a poly-sci equation where HILLARY = RON PAUL in terms of true grit in search of the nomination, do we all get more stories about Ron Paul as september looms? between the crooked diebolds and the complaisant press corp... what more can i say?