Paul, a libertarian, has gained an enthusiastic following for his strong views on limited government, free market economics and non-interventionist foreign policy. In the 2008 Republican presidential primary, his views clearly made him an outlier, but — thanks in part to the tea party movement — many of his economic positions have now been adopted by mainstream Republicans.
Nevertheless, Simons said the media still treats him as “an exotic, unworthy of attention” and Stewart wondered “how Ron Paul became the 13th floor in a hotel?”
Confirming their suspicions, the Pew report also found that Paul was mentioned just 29 times in the days following the Ames Straw Poll, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry was mentioned 371 times, Bachmann was mentioned 274 times and Mitt Romney was mentioned 183 times.
Romney is the top newsmaker among Republican candidates, being featured in 120 news stories, and Newt Gingrich is the second top newsmaker among Republican candidates, being featured in 112.
Paul has only been featured in more campaign stories than Herman Cain and Rick Santorum.
President Barack Obama is the top campaign newsmaker overall, being featured in 221 stories. Although the media attention Obama received may seem high compared to individual Republican candidates, it is meager compared to the 707 total new stories for Republican candidates.
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