The big winner in last night’s caucus was not Romney, Santorum or Ron Paul, but the media, for they proved they still have the power to control the outcome of elections. No, I’m not saying they rigged the vote count. The rigging occurs way before the votes are cast.
Many are saying Santorum’s hard work paid off in Iowa, but hard work had nothing to do with it. Over a week ago Santorum was in the single digits in the polls. What changed? A poll, released by CNN, showed Santorum at 16%. The media used this poll to create the illusion that Santorum was “surging” in Iowa.
Well, was he? Not exactly. That poll released by CNN mysteriously excluded independents and Democrats. It was a Republican-only poll. What’s even more interesting is that at the same time that CNN released this poll, they released a New Hampshire poll which did include independents. Why would CNN poll independents in New Hampshire but not in Iowa, knowing full well that independents were going to vote at the Iowa caucus? It just so happens that Ron Paul crushes the other candidates with independents. Last night’s entrance polls had him up by a huge margin with independents, at 48%.
When the media talks about a candidate “surging” it tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That poll was inaccurate, but it didn’t matter. It became reality because the zombie voters who made up their mind in the last week went to the caucus to vote for the guy they were told is “winning”; the guy who they barely knew, since there wasn’t enough time for anyone to run any attack ads on the new “frontrunner” before the caucus.
The surge very often comes after the news coverage, not the other way around. A similar thing occurred with Herman Cain when he won the Presidency 5 straw poll in Florida. The media used that poll, and that poll alone, to justify giving him 24/7 coverage, after which he became the frontrunner. At that time, Ron Paul had won fifteen similar straw polls, yet got no attention for them.
While Santorum was being pushed in the last week, the media was doing everything they could to attack Ron Paul. They tried to paint him as a racist, even though Ron Paul is the only candidate who talks about how unfairly punished minorities are as a result of the drug war. A guest on the Hannity radio show–and Santorum himself on Hannity’s show–claimed that Ron Paul believes 9/11 was an inside job, a completely fabricated lie! A demented guest on Hardball even went as far as to say that Ron Paul believes we should execute gay people. (Watch how the idiot arrives at that conclusion).
Make no mistake, the media could take a bum off the street and make him the nominee or even president. Maybe they will resort to this in the event that Ron Paul continues to be a threat. Wait for it…”The bum is surging, the bum is surging!”
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