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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ron Paul: He who's name shall not be mentioned

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Is Ron Paul getting a raw deal? The “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart thinks so.

And so do many fans of the 12-term Texas congressman, who have taken to email and Twitter to vent their frustration that Mr. Paul’s strong, second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll is being largely ignored.

“It’s absolutely horrendous and despicable the lack of media coverage Ron Paul is getting,” tweeted @themitchellg.

Readers of The New York Times expressed their views in emails — many of them — after the straw poll vote results showed Mr. Paul trailed Michele Bachmann, the winner, by only 152 votes.

“We live in a democratic republic, where the votes of the people deserve to reported by the media, not editorialized into obscurity,” wrote Matthew H. Harder.

Richard Timm wrote that “Ron Paul’s 2nd-place finish merited much more attention in your article. Even if you don’t believe he can win the nomination, don’t you think it’s worth giving the only anti-war Republican a little more emphasis??”

But some skeptics have noted that Mr. Paul’s strength at the straw poll hardly seems to be matched by his popularity across the country, at least as measured by public opinion polls. Full Story

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