They have a point. ABC's criteria make much more sense:
placing first through fourth in the Iowa Caucuses, polling at higher than 5% in one of the last four major New Hampshire polls, or polling at 5% or higher in one of the last four national polls.
But then ABC isn't actively trying to destroy Ron Paul's candidacy in order to protect its viewers from the crazy notion that not all conservatives want to occupy Iraq for ever. Fox News has been trying that for a long time.