The annual straw poll is considered a bellwether of conservative support in advance of the presidential primary season, though many political analysts say it's a popularity contest, not a meaningful statistic. Paul was also the winner in 2010.
Now attention has shifted to Fox News' coverage of the event. Some are accusing the network of inserting footage from CPAC 2010 -- when disappointed Romney supporters booed Paul's win -- to make it seem as though Paul's 2011 victory was also booed.
In a Fox News clip aired on Tuesday, crowds are heard booing as the CPAC winner is announced. "Probably not the reaction he was hoping for," anchor Bill Hemmer says, then introduces Rep. Paul. "So who was in the audience booing you?" he asks.
Watch the 2011 clip on the Fox News YouTube channel.
The same booing footage appeared in a clip Fox aired on Feb. 23, 2010, during its coverage of Paul's first CPAC straw poll win.
And here's C-SPAN's footage of the 2011 CPAC straw poll announcement. Paul is revealed as the winner around the 8:45 mark, and the crowd can be heard cheering and applauding.
Paul famously clashed with Fox News during his 2008 presidential campaign, when he was excluded from the network's debate a week before the New Hampshire primary. Fox "is scared of me," Paul told the Boston Globe in late 2007:
"They are scared of me and don't want my message to get out, but it will," Paul said in an interview at a diner here. "They are propagandists for this war and I challenge them on the notion that they are conservative. ... They will not win this skirmish."Fox News contacted Surge Desk this evening and alerted us to a statement issued by Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news, regarding the video used in the CPAC report. First published by Mediaite, it reads:
We made a mistake with some of the video we aired, and plan on issuing a correction on America's Newsroom tomorrow morning explaining exactly what happened.
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