Herman Cain's recent TeaCon straw poll win and some questions about whether major media networks are picking up on who the conservative voters really want for 2012
(Posted by Bryana Joy on October 04, 2011)
While I felt that Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and even the oddly out of place and pro-choice Gary Johnson were connecting with the people more effectively and collecting more audience enthusiasm than either Romney or Perry, this was apparently not so. On the contrary, Romney and Perry were still “the two front-runners,” and pretty much all of the post-debate discussion by the Fox News commentators concerned them.
The live comment stream flooding the page, however, told a different story. As I watched the viewers’ comments pour in for about five minutes, I found more support for Herman Cain and Ron Paul than even I was expecting. “Now watch the mainstream media try to shove Perry and Romney down our throats,” wrote several indignant commenters.
Of course, now we all know that Herman Cain won the Florida GOP straw poll on the 24th. Did that change anything? Hardly.
On Sunday evening, Kasie Hunt of the Associated Press wrote:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's entry into the 2012 presidential race could dramatically reshape what has become a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
Ironically, the poll results of the first ever TeaCon straw poll came out at about the time I read this AP article, with Herman Cain getting a whopping 77% of the vote! No candidate in this campaign has yet captured even close to 77% of any straw poll vote. And was the closest runner-up Mitt Romney, or Rick Perry? Well, my friends, as it turns out, the closest runner-up was Michele Bachmann.
Now, what two-man race was that again?
Jon Stewart picked up on some of the selective reporting in this morbidly amusing expose of Fox News’ attitude about libertarian candidate Ron Paul: