Patrick Henningsen
December 21, 2011

As the January Iowa Caucus fast approaches and Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) begins to eclipse the GOP’s establishment field, a new media talking point has been formulated in what appears to be a further attempt at marginalizing a genuine Paul run at the Republican nomination.

According to Fox News election correspondent Chris Wallace, if Ron Paul wins the Iowa Caucus, “To a certain degree, it will discredit the Iowa Caucuses because rightly or wrongly, I think most of the Republican establishment thinks he’s not going to end up as the nominee, so therefore, Iowa won’t count.”

A number of national and local polls have already placed Ron Paul in the lead over GOP establishment rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, a development that is proving frustrating for some pundits in the corporate media who have previously acted as king makers in similar past election cycles.

Young Turks host Cenk Uygur countered Wallace’s skewed assertion on his recent show, explaining the clear absence of logic in this latest media talking point. He refers to President Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa Caucus victory, hailed by pundits as the key factor in his successful run towards Super Tuesday, and the eventual winning of his Democrat Party’s nomination.

Critics may deduce from FOX’s desperate talking point here, that the old guard of the Washington media and political establishment have been caught unaware, and are now frightened by the emergence of Ron Paul on the national scene.

Previously, Paul has struggled with the corporate media during the 2011 preliminary debates, where he was on the whole, given considerably less speaking time than the rest of the field, including a number of other GOP runners who have since dropped out of the race.

It seems the only people not surprised by his recent surge in the polls are Ron Paul’s numerous and wholly committed supporters across the country.


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