OK watch the beginning of this video clip:
Now people on Facebook were going nuts when this first came out, because the correspondent seems to be openly admitting on national TV that she is worried about Ron Paul doing well.
But something about it didn’t sit right with me. Don’t get me wrong, I full well believe that the people at CNN (and Fox) are terrified at the momentum of Dr. Paul.
What I mean is, it just didn’t sound right to me. She was saying it too matter-of-factly and there was no hesitation afterward. It didn’t look at all like she let something slip out.
I have honestly played this thing once a day since it happened, because I couldn’t put my finger on what was bothering me about the conspiratorial explanation. I couldn’t deny the words that came out of her mouth, but like I said, it just didn’t seem like her tone made sense. In other words, if she had accidentally let it out that she was worried about Ron Paul doing well, I didn’t think it would be with the tone she was using here.
Today it finally clicked with me. Here are her exact words:
Tomorrow, I still, I’m hearing from Republicans, John, who are affiliated with other campaigns, who say they are amazed frankly at how wonderful the Ron Paul organization is, we’ll see if that actually bears out tomorrow. Uh, but in terms of the long term, there’s no question, I’m sure you talk to Republicans, who are worried as well, just like I am, uh that Ron Paul will continue on, long into the spring and summer, and move further, even if he runs as a Republican or an independent…
I put the relevant part in bold. I don’t think she was saying, “I’m sure you talk to Republicans, who are worried just like I am worried.”
Rather, I think she was saying, “I’m sure you talk to Republicans who are worried, just like I am talking to Republicans who are worried.”
To repeat, I’m not denying there is media bias etc. So don’t go ballistic on me in the comments. I’m just saying, this particular clip didn’t make sense to me; the “CNN slips up!!” explanation didn’t sound right.
In contrast, on Fox tonight it was crystal clear what Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol were trying to do. Krauthammer was talking about the impact of Ron Paul, and said something like (I’m paraphrasing): “Well he’s obviously not going to be the next president–even Ron Paul admits he’s not actually vying for the White House–but Mitt Romney, if he is indeed the nominee, will have to do something to cater to the libertarian wing of the party. Now it won’t be on foreign policy, of course, but he could do something on the margin, like getting rid of a department or something like that.”
That’s just classic. After telling people for so long that RP isn’t even worth paying attention to, now they can’t go that route because it would be too ridiculous. But they’re still saying it’s “obvious” he won’t be the nominee, and even trying to make it sound as if Ron Paul himself isn’t in it to win it.