Ron Paul, the pro-life anti-war libertarian, took second place in the Iowa straw poll. Michelle Bachmann beat him by only 200 votes, and yet her showing is being hailed as making her a contender. Paul is attracting much more support than he received the last time he ran for president, which was considerable.
So why does the media continue to ignore him? Why does the punditocracy refuse to treat him as a legitimate contender? Isn’t that a case of the media actively shaping and controlling an election, rather than covering the voters’ genuine political options objectively?