Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Evolution Quote: A Clear Example of Media Hypocrisy in its Ron Paul Coverage

Reader Eric writes:

Hi Wes,

I think it is worth pointing out that while CBS refuses to cover all the ground Ron Paul is making they will publish some blurp he said about evolution from 3 years ago out of context.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/29/scitech/main20098876.shtml

If you read Ron's quote it seems like a very sensible answer and yet CBS attempts to make him look ignorant. This is the perfect example of the major media network's fear of Ron Paul.

Thank you for your time.

Absolutely excellent point, Eric. Not only is the mainstream media inconsistent in its coverage of Ron Paul as compared to other candidates, this is a clear example of how inconsistent the media is in its coverage of Ron Paul as compared to its other coverage of Ron Paul.

It's not newsworthy that he statistically ties for first at the historic Iowa Ames Straw Poll, but it's somehow newsworthy that he doesn't believe in the theory of evolution? Which plays exactly what role again, in the day to day job description of a U.S. president, especially one who wouldn't see his role as dictating his beliefs to the rest of the country or increasing his influence over educational requirements in the country?

This is just one of many examples of the media selectively choosing what to report about Ron Paul. Notice he's never brought up evolution himself and neither has he ever brought up heroin legalization as part of his platform. Yet the media continually try to make these issues relevant in their coverage of him. Why? Because if they addressed his actual issues and platform: the morally and legally proper role of the federal government... they would lose.

Are Michele Bachmann's religious view relevant? Yes, insofar as she'd like to force them on the rest of us. Are the libertarian Ron Paul's religious views relevant? Not hardly. Whether a candidate believes in God or not is irrelevant to their suitability as an officeholder. What is relevant is only this: do they believe that government is God?


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