Boys (& Girls) Still on the Bus
The same media outlets which have ignored the massive crowds for Ron Paul speeches also have just ignored no crowds for The MUTT.
How come we never saw contemporaneous accounts from inside that bus? Why didn’t Mainstream Media report the facts, the truth of that poorly planned and executed disaster which was The MUTT’s bus tour?
In the seminal work Boys on the Bus author Timothy Crouse exposed what the decried as the very shallow, imitative tendencies of American political journalism in the 1972 presidential election (Crouse was writing for Rolling Stone as was another journalist, Hunter S. Thompson who’d also produce a great book about that campaign Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72)
Crouse coined the term pack journalism to describe how journalists ape one another and how the news industry encourages the phenomenon, to the detriment of any reader/viewer who desires honest, detailed reporting. Crouse documented and explained that almost all industry journalists churn out the same dull, misleading story, time after time, event after event.
Mitt Romney just got a pass from a press corps which should have reported that The MUTT’s bus tour was a huge fiasco, a series of uninspiring, unimaginative and pathetic GOP grunts and groans with very tiny ‘crowds’. Instead, it was treated as great theater.
Flattering, closely cropped camera angles ensured that the audience (that’s all of us at home) never saw that in reality, very few people actually were at these speeches…at least, they never even came close to generating the kind of spontaneous and very large crowds which characterized all those Ron Paul speeches.
America was denied a chance to learn that many thousands of people came out to see and hear Ron Paul. Now, the same Mainstream Media have overhyped The MUTT’s bus tour, treating it as important political news when in fact there was no there there…no audience, at least not like the thousands of enthusiastic people who populated the actual crowds for Ron Paul.
Why didn’t American readers and viewers see that fairly opulent bus in which The MUTT traveled and why weren’t we all clued into the fact that in reality, the guy took to traveling by air for more of his bus tour miles than he actually spent down here on the ground with the rest of us?
Journalism in America today could use the likes of Crouse and Thompson, 2 individuals who simply and professionally told the truth…instead of what we’ve got, a tribe of apes, journalists who don’t know the truth much less have the ability or strength of character to insist on reporting it to us.
The MUTT just scammed us and Mainstream Media helped him do it. The MUTT and Mainstream Media each got what they wanted and we learned nothing.
WinLiberty has produced a series of Ron Paul Speech films. We have covered Ron Paul because Mainstream Media won’t.