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Brasil Branco
08-25-2007, 01:51 PM
So, the recent thread concerning a lawsuit made me think- to what extent is the media censoring Ron Paul, if it all?

First, I wanted to compare blog activity to news activity:
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5701/ronpaulmentionsig8.gif
This was done using "Google News" though it shouldn't be taken seriously because there are numerous flaws with Google News system, it should be taken with a grain of salt. The gist of it, is that Ron Paul comes third after Obama and Hill in terms of activity in the blogosphere. Though, in news mentions- he only beats Hunter and Tancredo. The most suprising result, was the fact that Obama has 21,000 articles in which he was mentioned.

On other online mediums, Ron Paul reigns supreme (See http://www.techpresident.com/ for more information).


#2 on Eventful (http://eventful.com/politics) with 26,458 people requesting events.
#1 on Meetup.com (http://ronpaul.meetup.com/) with 37,084 members in over 680 cities.
#1 on Youtube (http://www.youtubepresident.blogspot.com/) "Republican candidate Ron Paul is, by a wide margin, the most popular candidate on YouTube, in terms of the average number of views per video and the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel. He also has the most total views on YouTube for any presidential candidate." Over 25,000 subscribers.
#4 on Facebook with 21,024 supporters (http://warwick.facebook.com/person.php?id=2330333861)
#3 on MySpace with 55,250 supporters (http://www.myspace.com/ronpaul2008)
#4 of Republicans in terms of Cash in Hand (http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/finance/
#3 in Technorati trackbacks (www.techpresident.com)
#1 among candidates in terms of web-traffic:Alexia (http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?site0=ronpaul2008.com&site1=joinrudy2008.com&site2=mittromney.com&site3=hillaryclinton.com&site4=barackobama.com&y=r&z=3&h=400&w=700&range=1m&size=Large&url=ronpaul2008.com)



And of course, #1 in olympic placings of Straw Polls.

But, I wanted to dig a bit deeper than that. So I searched Google News for three Republican canidates and "Straw Poll"
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7264/mentionslo5.gif

So, even with five recent straw poll victories, both Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney are mentioned more times than Ron Paul this week. That is pretty telling. Just for kicks, I googled MIke Huckabe and "Straw Poll" and got 2,348 articles. So, we can be safe to assume that Fred Thompson straw poll victories are reported twice as much as Ron Paul's despite having relatively the same number of participants.

How about Major News Organizations? CNN, Fox News, BBC News, and ABC:
http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1994/ronpaulmajoros2.gif
This is the most telling piece, Duncan Hunter recieves more mentions than Ron Paul. How is that even possible?

How about in terms of debate time from http://www.usaelectionpolls.com/:
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/7776/debatepg8.gif

This, is the "manufacter of consent" in its greatest from. If anyone a bit more articulate than me wants to write a blog post on this, be my guest. I will be more than happy to find more data from different mediums.

Brasil Branco
08-25-2007, 02:06 PM
If anyone can give suggestions about a list of influental newspapers, magazines, and News stations I can look at- list them here.

Shink
08-25-2007, 02:12 PM
Wow, great digging! Very telling.

Hmmm...I'll name off a couple: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker...

njandrewg
08-25-2007, 02:22 PM
I'm on it

Brasil Branco
08-25-2007, 02:32 PM
I'm going to try to write something as well, I'll begin to look at about 50-100 news sources and compare mentions.

One thing in certain, this is ****ing ridiculous.

njandrewg
08-25-2007, 02:56 PM
http://ronpauldaily.blogspot.com/2007/08/censorship-of-ron-paul.html

I gotta redo some of the images though

njandrewg
08-25-2007, 03:08 PM
I redid some of the images, to fit the blog :) + sorted them to show the bias

Brasil Branco
08-25-2007, 03:29 PM
Awesome job!

Revolution9
08-25-2007, 03:59 PM
Good work folks.. The stats tell the story..This shoudl be sent around to meetups and disseminated to the greater public.

Keep u[ the fight over there. Austria will be a lynchpin in the world freedom movement. There are some ancient metal trusts that wll surface once we get the control groups out of the pipeline.

Best
Randy