Busted. That’s what we in the news media are in the matter of the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Famous and not so famous critics have pointed out in the past day that journalists for the most part have ignored Paul even when he succeeds at a level other Republican presidential candidates haven’t.
As far as many political reporters have been concerned, the congressman might as well be wearing one of those Harry Potter invisibility cloaks. He’s there but we apparently can’t see him.
For instance, despite putting in a strong second place showing in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday and polling consistently well in polls of voters nationally or in caucus and primary states, the 74-year old Libertarian was mostly ignored.
Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, got much more attention for dropping out of the race than Paul did for nearly winning.