Is the media against Ron Paul?

So I watched the Republican economic debate tonight on CNBC, after which there was an online poll to vote for who won the debate, who gave the best answers, etc. So I went online to vote, at which point there were about 8,000 votes total – Ron Paul won by a landslide in all 3 categories with a whopping 75%. I believe John McCain and Fred Thompson were the next pair with around 5% (Romney might have been in there too…I didn’t look too closely). So I went to check back with the poll about 20 minutes later to see how it would change once more votes were in, and CNBC took the poll down. I’m not a big “conspiracy theorist” type person, but it seems a bit fishy. After all, the poll they put up during the debate asking “What is the most important economic issue the next president should focus on?” is still in place. I know it’s an online poll and not scientific, but I see no reason why they should have taken the poll down.

What’s the deal CNBC? Don’t like seeing a “long shot” gaining support? They never seem to have a problem publicizing poll results done by phone survey showing a particular candidate in the lead – I find it interesting that this type is still considered “scientific” considering a lot of younger voters are excluded because we don’t own a land-line phone (I include myself in this category – most of my friends live on cell phones and an internet connection and will never be included in such a poll). Anyway, I think it’s ridiculous that they took the poll down considering they told people during the broadcast to go to their website and vote after the debate. It’s just an online survey – what are they so afraid of?

The magically non-existent poll was here.

The link for the still-existing poll is here.

Via, you can still vote on the MSNBC poll…though it doesn’t ask who “won”

To see video highlights of the debate including discussions on unions, trade, and going to war without Congressional approval, click here.



  1. stan said,

    October 9, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    so true then after 30 minutes this blog and mine will disappear talk about censorship and freedom of speech but our word will get out!
    Go Ron Paul!!

  2. Johnnyb said,

    October 9, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Only way to win is with $$$. Ron Paul raised $5M off 125,000 donors giving an average of $40 dollars. His goal of $12.5M can be easily if all the same people gave a mere $100. What’s a hundred bucks compared to the disaster that awaits if anyone else gets the nod?

  3. M. said,

    October 10, 2007 at 7:36 am

    Haven’t they done this before? I didn’t see this take place in “real time”, but this isn’t the first complaint I’ve heard about such things and if it is true, I think it is ridiculous.

    I would say the media in general is a bit biased against candidates that aren’t typically “pleasing”. Which is sad, because even if people don’t agree with or plan to vote for such candidates, I doubt most people would agree with pulling polls (unless they have a good reason, which I’m not hearing). Most people, supporting him or not, know Ron Paul does well online; so why bother to take it down?

  4. CommonSenseMan said,

    October 10, 2007 at 8:08 am

    The media selects the “top tier” and a couple “dark horses” they wouldn’t mind covering. Ron Paul doesn’t fit into either of their pre-defined categories so anything he does is obviously not news worthy.

    No point sweating this type of stuff. The media will not be part of the revolution. Just donate $100 like Johnnyb recommends and watch the revolution grow without them.

  5. wakeish said,

    May 20, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I think Ron Paul will make a very good president if he is given the chance and if the media gives him a chance.

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