Despite the fact Paul is surging and Romney sliding, gap now only 15 points

Steve Watson
January 9, 2012

CBS excludes Ron Paul

Despite the fact that Ron Paul is polling in second place in New Hampshire, and rapidly closing the gap on Mitt Romney, according to the latest polls, one CBS reporter did her best to convince viewers that Paul does not even exist.

It’s a familiar picture for Paul supporters who have had to watch over and over as mainstream media talking heads and pundits have consistently either laughed off the Texas Congressman’s chances for GOP nominee or simply excluded Paul from their coverage altogether.

However, within the past few weeks, the networks were forced to begin taking Paul seriously as he began consistently polling in first and second ahead of the Iowa caucuses, eventually finishing third in what was essentially a three way tie.

Going into New Hampshire and ahead of two debates this weekend, Paul was polling in strong second, as he has been for some time. However, That did not stop CBS political correspondent Jan Crawford from showing graphics and talking about recent polling, without even mentioning Paul’s numbers or even that he was involved in the race at all.

Crawford even used a graphic referencing a Suffolk University Poll of New Hampshire voters, omitting Paul’s numbers, even though he came second, and was the only candidate other than Mitt Romney to poll in double figures.

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The video went viral over the weekend, with Paul supporters bombarding CBS with complaints.

“Your lack of integrity as a journalist is no longer in question, it is fact.” wrote on critic on Crawford’s Facebook page.

“Blatant manipulation of data to fabricate a news story instead of doing your job to report it disgusts me. Thank you, Jan Crawford, You make me feel like a better person,” the commenter added.

“Where is your on air apology? Are you going to own up to your blatant misrepresentation of the facts?” wrote another Paul supporter.

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“You call yourself a ‘political correspondent’?? Shame on you,” commented another.

In reality, Paul is actually rapidly closing the gap on Mitt Romney in New Hampshire. the latest Suffolk University/7NEWS tracking poll, released on Sunday, shows that Ron Paul has surged 6 percentage points since last week to 20 percent, while Romney has dropped 8 points since last Wednesday and now stands at 35 percent.

That means the gap between the two is now down to 15 points. John Huntsman is the only other candidate in double figures, at 11 percent. As many highlighted last week, Rick Santorum does not have the resources to compete beyond Iowa and resides in a lowly fifth place in New Hampshire.

Romney is likely to see his numbers drop even further following a lack luster performance in two debates on Saturday and Sunday. The Suffolk University/7News poll, conducted before the debates took place, puts the number of undecided voters at 15 percent.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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