Patrick C. Dew
December 5, 2011

Analysis of the Ron Paul Campaign and the 2012 GOP Primary Race:
Are the Media Purposefully Ignoring Ron Paul?

This research examines the media’s approach to disregard the success of a seasoned member of Congress, Ron Paul, in his attempt for the GOP nomination. Three explanations are considered for the apparent media blackout; Ron Paul is labeled as a libertarian and subsequently seen as an outsider or a third party member within the Republican Party, Ron Paul’s stance on foreign policy is in direct contrast to the notion of American Exceptionalism, and Ron Paul’s stance on social issues does not allow him to be seen as a traditional Republican such that he cannot be polarized as a conventional Republican candidate.

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