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Manufactured popularity of presidential candidates

Jerry Day makes a good case of how the popularity of major candidates in the U.S. 2008 election has been pretty much entirely manufactured, while a genuinely popular candidate (Ron Paul) has been suppressed: Kinda reminds me of this scene from Futurama (Season 2, Episode Raging Bender ): [Teenage Leela takes on two guys and floors them. Her teacher, a green alien called Fnog watches.] Fnog: Excellent. Bill, Keith, you will go to Junior Championships. Bill, congratulate Keith when he regains consciousness. Leela: But, Master Fnog, I can beat these dorks with one eye closed. Fnog: Perhaps. But there is more to winning than beating your opponent. You lack the will of the warrior. Leela: What do you mean? Watch this! [She kicks Bill in the stomach.] Bill: (crying) Ow! Fnog: No girl has the will of a warrior. You have the will of a housewife or, at best, the schoolmarm. Leela: That's it. I'll take you on right now. Fnog: Very well. But, you see, I have