Chicago Tribune columnist: Why the media likely ignores presidential hopeful Ron Paul—A possible reason: He’s dangerous to the status quo — “The TV people are happy to do the work for you, and tell you what notions are fit for public debate. Thinking for yourself is really, really hard.”

From: Chicago Tribune

Why the media likely ignores presidential hopeful Ron Paul

… But this media freeze-out started long before [Paul almost won the Iowa straw poll]. The Project for Excellence in Journalism studied media coverage of Paul from January through Aug. 14, and demonstrated that he received much less coverage than non-candidates such as Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. …

Love may indeed be the reason the media ignores Ron Paul. Under this theory, the media is merely trying to provide us with loving protection from Paul and those challenging libertarian ideals:

Such as the view we shouldn’t be eager to be groped in airports or to fund another war in the Middle East, or that we should legalize drugs rather than fight the drug wars, or the wild idea that a coffee shop waitress should not be expected to pay taxes on her tips.

These are extreme notions, though the principles behind them were once held dear by a few old guys in powdered wigs who founded this country.

The TV people are happy to do the work for you, and tell you what notions are fit for public debate. Thinking for yourself is really, really hard, and it’s just easier to watch TV and listen to discussions about Bachmann’s hair.

Another possible reason why the media is ignoring Paul could be fear rather than love. Perhaps Democrats and Republicans are afraid of him.

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