complaint in the liberty movement is that the media is no help.
For numerous reasons thatís an ideal situation for us.
Offers No Help
There are plenty
of media sources that censor Ron Paul. We can react to that in a
variety of ways. The reasons media sources do not mention Ron Paul
are numerous. The goals of not mentioning him are few and include
Ė 1. Discouraging his supporters and 2. Distracting his supporters.
the ardent Ron Paul supporters if they think a supporter will get
discouraged by Ron Paulís 89
seconds of time in a CBS debate. They underestimate us if they
think a lack of mainstream media mention will get us down. They
underestimate us if they think they will discourage us by acknowledging
Ron Paul only when it looks like thereís an opportunity to discredit
him. The media utterly fails at discouraging Ron Paul supporters,
because largely they donít understand the passion for freedom that
Ron Paul supporters have. If you donít "get" freedom,
youíre going to have a hard time "getting" Ron Paulís
What the media
succeeds at is the second goal. Ron Paul supporters can get easily
distracted. Ron Paul supporters flood comments sections, chat rooms,
and Facebook fan pages and make a big show of the latest outrage
on the internet. But NONE OF THAT MATTERS. Only one thing matters
in a campaign and that is winning. Some will say Ron Paul runs to
preach the message of freedom, that he runs for the sake of debate,
that he runs to inspire the future generations. There are lots of
better ways to do that than spending very long hours campaigning.
The reason to run a campaign is singular Ė to win. All the rest
can be nice secondary bonuses, but when the Republican National
Convention convenes in late August 2012 in Tampa, Florida, the only
thing we want is to see Ron Paul with the nomination. Without that,
the campaign is lost. Thatís all there is to it.
The way to
beat every journalist and political analyst who laughs at Ron Paul
and his supporters for their quaint notions of freedom is to win
the GOP nomination.
Hereís a funny
thing about the media Ė they think they matter. Every Ron Paul supporter
bringing 10 friends (And as youíre reading this, I hope youíre making
a list of who those 10 supporters will be!) to the polls with him
renders the mainstream media meaningless. Bring 10 friends and it
wonít matter what the media says. Some will say it hasnít mattered
for a while, and I donít think thatís really true, but today the
mainstream media can, for the first time, be made worthless in a
presidential election. We can nullify them.
We can make
every smug journalist from Tallahassee to Kauai spit out his coffee
morning-after-morning after reading on the internet about Ron Paulís
blazing success in the primaries the day before. You and I realize
that interpersonal online connections matter, and that the mainstream
media has in many ways stopped mattering. We will activate the networks
weíve spent years building, and we will use those networks to win
the GOP nomination and then the U.S. presidency.
Need The Old Media and We Shouldnít Want Their Help
There are lies
that can be told about every candidate. There are truths that can
be spun to make every candidate appear ugly and to make it easier
for any candidate to lose. When those attacks on Ron Paul begin,
they will run rampant through the mainstream media with ease. When
that happens, we will be grateful that we long ago gave up on the
mainstream media and focused on building our own channels of communication
instead of allowing the media to be the "communicator"
of ideas for us.
The media had
little to do with making Ron Paul popular Ė after all the people
who learned enough about Ron Paul to want to vote for him did not
learn about Ron Paul from the mainstream media Ė and therefore it
would follow the media can do little to make Ron Paul unpopular.
The members of our movement have generally learned not to pay the
media much attention. While it has taken us a great deal of work
to build these interpersonal networks that sidestep the media, it
allows our movement to be much stronger, much more independent in
its thoughts, and less prone to being influenced by the mainstream
To put a twist
on a common political
adage "A mainstream media strong enough to give you everything
you want, is a mainstream media strong enough to take everything