A CNN interview with Ron Paul is gathering momentum online as supporters and critics battle over the video’s meaning. For critics, the video shows Paul failing to answer important questions about a fuss over old newsletters. But for supporters, the video – in which Paul says “I understand how the system works” – shows not only their candidate’s honesty, but also the way in which the mainstream media works.
Both edited and unedited versions of the video are floating about. In some versions, Paul appears to storm out of the interview. In the full, unedited version, it’s clear that the interview is coming to an end as he takes his mic off. The difference is small, but significant, and raises further questions about how the mainstream media treats a candidate who doesn’t fit into the mainstream narrative ahead of the 2012 elections.
I’ve said this before, but I genuinely think that whatever your opinion of Ron Paul’s policies, you should be very interested in the way in which he has been treated by the media in America. He has fundamentally been treated differently by main media outlets compared to the way that the likes of Romney, Perry and Gingrich have been treated. None of this is a great surprise, but it’s still revelatory to see the machine in action.