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Monday, November 05, 2007

  Preempting the MSM Ron Paul spin

While watching the 5th of November donations to Ron Paul's campaign crack 1 million before 10AM, I started cynically coming up with what the MSM headlines would be tomorrow - if they bother to pay attention. Over 400k was raised before 5AM so: "Nightowls for Paul". A linear projection of the total to be raised today comes in at roughly 2m dollars, and the goal for this one day fundraiser was 10m, so "Paul fundraiser falls far short of goal" would be plausible. Or "Known non-bots for Paul 1/5th expected". Or "Anarchists open piggy banks for Paul". "Paul supporters blow up Parliament" - or - NY Daily News style - "Fawke You, Washington!" -

Oh, all the inaccurate alliterations I could come up with now that there's a writers strike and Hollywood starved for copy... if I could just prostitute myself that way on national tv - I could get 4 cents per DVD for the rest of my life! Maybe 8, if the striking writers win!

I can't. I'd rather try and figure out the facts for free.

I know that headlines like "Paul gets 1m in 10 hours" or "Paul raises 2m in 24 hours" or "Paul's fundraising blows Beltway minds" simply don't express the MSM zeitegist.

Still, in the hope that there's a working journalist out there that can read a chart...

In looking at the data today, I couldn't help but notice the number of donations from New Hampshire was at 48 per million, and the District of Columbia, 22 per million - and that an astounding 72% of the donors in NH appeared to be new donors, 80% in DC...

"New donors plunge in - 70+% for Paul" would kind of work.

Well, actually, I kind of like "Fawke you, Washington!".

I also noticed that Paul now ranked in 3rd place on intrade - ahead of precipitously declining Thompson. Can't think of a better candidacy to write off than that one....

Happy November 5th!

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