The libertarian candidate for the Republican nomination is treated dismissively when he is acknowledged at all
In the clip above, The Daily Show turned its attention to Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who almost won the Ames Straw Poll, documenting the broadcast media's habit of conspicuously ignoring him, or at best flaunting the dismissive way that they treat him and his campaign for the GOP nomination. Even the folks at Fox News, the network that employed Glenn Beck and signed Sarah Palin to a multimillion dollar contract as a news analyst, acts as if he's too crazy to cover, even though he is sure to influence the race, whatever his prospects for winning.
As it happens, I agree with the general consensus that Rep. Paul advocates some kooky policies. But I'd sure prefer him to a lot of other candidates, whose craziest stances never seem to be held against them.
Words I wrote about Rand Paul's Senate race apply: "Forced to name the 'craziest' policy favored by American politicians, I'd say the multibillion-dollar war on drugs, which no one thinks is winnable. Asked about the most 'extreme,' I'd cite the invasion of Iraq, a war of choice that has cost many billions of dollars and countless innocent lives. The 'kookiest' policy is arguably farm subsidies for corn, sugar, and tobacco--products that people ought to consume less, not more.