The author argues that various media outlets did not report the correct results for the U.S Virgin Islands Caucus.
Mark Twain popularized the phrase that there are “Lies, damned lies, and statistics .” Ron Paul won 30% of the vote in the Virgin Islands Caucus. Mr. Romney gathered 26% of the popular vote . Yet mainstream media reports have consistently shown that Mitt Romney won the caucus. Whatever one thinks of Mr. Paul’s ideas, surely the public would like to know the actual winner of the contest.
It would appear that much of the media is calculating a Romney victory based on the number of delegates the former governor won. This is astonishing, since for all the previous contests victors were declared based on the percentage of popular votes. Why then would only this contest be reported by the number of delegates?
The discrepancy between the delegate count and popular vote is due to a new, dim-witted rule thought up by the Republican National Committee which relies on delegates being chosen after the contest is over. Basically, supporters of a particular candidate can stay after the caucus is over, and volunteer to become a delegate. The delegates do not necessarily have to represent the candidate chosen by popular votes. The new rule was seen as enormously favorable for the well organized campaign of Mr. Romney .
However, if this is the new barometer for choosing the winner, surely the media would have to return to the previous caucus states and evaluate which candidate’s supporters were chosen as delegates. The Paul campaign has long claimed that they have picked up the majority of delegates through this method in many of the earlier contests.
Either mainstream media outlets need to change their entire reporting methodology and therefore reflect the proclaimed allegiance of the delegates or alternatively report the victor simply based on the popular vote. It seems absurd to change the parameters and standards contest by contest unless there is an ulterior motive.
The Virgin Islands might have been a relatively minor contest, but as Einstein once stated, “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either .”
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