Lawmaker: Ron Paul snubbed by media

Aug. 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Media arrogance is responsible for the relatively sparse news coverage of Rep. Ron Paul's second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll, a Paul colleague said.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who has endorsed Paul, R-Texas, in his bid to win the Republican nomination to seek the presidency of the United States, told The Hill "fair-minded people don't know why Ron Paul is not given adequate press."

Jones criticized the conservative-leaning media, saying the sparse coverage is because of the "arrogance of certain people in the media who don't think he can win."

Paul finished a close second to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., in the Iowa Straw Poll, but his showing resulted in little media attention, Jones said.

"People have lost hope in traditional Democratic and Republican candidates," Jones said.

Many Paul supporters don't agree with the Texas Republican on every issue, Jones said, but trust him.

"There are show horses, and work horses," Jones said. "Paul is a work horse."

The media "is going to have to deal with Ron Paul eventually," Jones said, predicting Paul would do well in the Iowa Caucus and perform better than expectations in New Hampshire.

Paul failed to win a single state in the 2008 presidential primary and many political observers doubt he will get enough support to win the GOP nomination, The Hill said.

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