View Poll Results: Should the media give equal coverage to the libertarian and green parties?

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Thread: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Since I'm a registered Green, I'm prejudiced so I voted "yes." I don't think the media does a very good job of framing the important issues of our time. That may be because their major advertisers don't want certain issues publicized. Money talks, so global warming is not in Presidential debates. Job policies generated by genuine "green" policies are not discussed. it's a hell of a note when even the Dems think the only way to save the Country is to save the 1%. As the wealth of the 1% has increased, jobs have decreased. As the wealth of the 1% has increased, foreclosures have increased. As the wealth of the 1% has increased, our National debt has increased. Enough said?

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    i would support more coverage, certainly. i understand why they don't; Johnson and Stein are polling at four and two percent, respectively. one could argue, however, that they aren't polling better because they've received almost no coverage. i've seen about two stories on CNN about their campaigns. the slope is certainly much steeper for those who are not part of the duopoly.

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanBlue View Post
    The media, if their interest is truly reporting the political landscape and informing the electorate of their choices, should give "equal time" to all candidates for President. Yes..that even means the Nazi party and Rent is too Damn High party.
    That is not very practical. Why should some random guy who says he's running for president get as much attention as the sitting President of the United States?

    At the end of the day, the real complaint isn't with "media". It's with the electorate. If people would research and vote third party instead of throwing away their vote on the "lesser of two evils" or the candidate who they think will win anyway, then third party candidates would have a better showing, scare the major parties a bit, and attract the attention of the media.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Draw it at the point where the party has legitimate backing. Libertarian Party does. I'd even argue that the Green Party does.
    Who decides what is "legitimate backing"? You? Neither of those two parties you mentioned have any chance whatsoever of winning the election.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    The media should give equal airtime to all 3rd party candidates. The media has blatantly ignored 3rd party candidates and excluded them from debates in order to deliberately aid the two party monopoly.
    I was about to correct you and say duopoly, but now that I think about it, monopoly still seems about right.

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Sorry. I forgot who I was replying to. Too many interuptions. Anyway:
    How can the media determine what I'm interested in? I don't think I'm in a minority; and the media needs us watching and reading. I've listened and thought about many minority candidates; and, they almost always come across to me as dogmatic. I also observed that the media covers them sufficiently for me to determine that they are monotonic in their solutions; i.e. essentially not rational. Anyone that can be influenced they way you're indicating are the people I wish wouldn't vote. They are what is called Other Directed. I bet if I step back and take a look at how other things in people’s lives are decided on with dogmatic like processes. Can you think of one?

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    It is amazing how many answered yes. What they are saying is that really Obama and Romney should have only had 15 minutes each in the debates - with equal time to candidates that less than 10% of voters could even name.

    And why those two 3rd parties only??? Because the OP - in total contradiction - wants to exclude other 3rd parties from having a voice?

    There are SIXTEEN THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT FOR PRESIDENT. So REALLY, the OP and majority on the forum think that Obama and Romney should only be allowed to speak for 5 minutes in the debates, with 16 other candidates "having equal time."

    But why limit it to Party candidates? Why not all candidates for President in the USA? Then Obama and Romney get 18 seconds each in the debate.
    I intentionally excluded ALL the candidates fur exactly the reasons you cited. Just the green and libertarian have halfway significant followings, other than the GOP and dnc. And like the football playoffs, who says they have to be in the same debates? I'm okay with a GOP/dnc debate one night and maybe a lib/green another night. If we get coverage of the big party conventions, somebody ought to cover the green and libertarian ones even if its just link-tv or current-tv. I'm not decided on the subject either way but I do think the present system is limiting and driven by big money.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Ok Alot of people have made good points here. What constitutes equal coverage, news, infomercials, debates and what constitutes a legitmate party? Polls won't work beccause if a person doesn't know the views of a particular party they won't go for it. the only way I can think of is to have something like those poltical quizes you see on the internet and keep track of how many people would fall iinto what catagory or group.
    Everyone would get equal air time to politic but only the top 3,4 or five would be invited to debate. It would be similar to a primary debate between the canidates of the same party. Those usually have at least 3 people.
    You could allow the infomercials and internet information to start in say the January before the election. So that by the time the debates came around say september more people would have an idea of what each party or canidate supposedly stood for.

    This is as far as my thinking goes but I am sure there are people out there who could expand on this.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    I think there should be equal coverage to all parties. Give the public a real choice
    Not all, there should be some minimum standards met (maybe 1,000,000 registered members or something like that) or else, bob's political party that is him and his best friend bubba would be covered too.

    The media couldn't possibly get through all of the parties that would spring up if something like that happened.

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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar
    Who decides what is "legitimate backing"? You? Neither of those two parties you mentioned have any chance whatsoever of winning the election.
    Voters. The electoral system, as it is now, is designed to quell the ability for another party to rise.

    Perot's biggest obstacle was states who refused to acknowledge his candidacy on ballots. The system is designed to fiercely protect its own.

    As long as this system prevails, along with a winner-take-all format, you're stuck with picking the lesser of two evils if you don't tow party lines.

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