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

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  • Yes. It would afford viable political options outside of the status quo by their lack of coverage

    35 68.63%
  • No. They shouldn't force coverage of something the public isn't interested in

    14 27.45%
  • Yes, but only if we also incorporate a run off election

    2 3.92%
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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?

    Oh my thank you for this thread and my answer is a big yes they should (media) supply an equal platform for other political parties. I went looking at the last several presidential elections and the last time a non republican or democrat was even close to being in the running come election day was 1992 and that man was Ross Perot. Here we are 20 years later and we have a butter vs jam, mustard vs ketchup kind of election process going on. Why is it when it comes time for debates a good chunk of Americans haven't heard of Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Pary, Jill Stein of the Green Party or Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. Are they somehow lesser politics because they aren't red or blue? Are they not capable and willing candidates who have great ideas for the country?

    The worst thing is don't foresee this ever changing because the we continue voting in these candidates from the two prime parties. Not enough support for these other candidate because the media doesn't give them the attention they give to the big two. Its a shame no doubt and i hope for the day that this isn't the case but i wont hold my breath.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No. Where do you draw the line? The American Nazi Party? The Rent Is Too Damn High Party? Some random nutcase who says he's running for president?
    Whoever is on at the majority of state ballots. That eliminates virtually all of the 3rd parties except for the Liberterians and Greens.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    That's not true at all. Fox is mostly Centrist (One could argue that Hannity & O'Reilly might tip the network slightly Right). I would say CNN is Left of Center, and NPR is firmly entrenched in the Left.
    Is this a joke? CNN domestic is left of center but CNN international is an actual centrist outlet. Fox has essentially become a mouth piece for the GOP. MSNBC has become the mouth piece for the Dems.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    So, now that the poll shows 60% support for including minority parties, why are 99% of you still going to vote for the two parties? I hope the minority parties cost the GOP the election, so they will stop ignoring people they need to win elections. If the GOP wants to keep losing elections to tea party and libertarian challengers, then they should by all means keep trying to hide, block, and control them. A libertarian may not be able to win, but they can make sure the GOP loses.

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

    Maybe we could have a longer debate time instead of just cutting it up into smaller portions. As it is, they have too little time and thus evade answering very important questions in detail.

    Those 3rd parties went to the sincere effort required to be on the ballot. I would understand if the Specklebang For President campaign were excluded but The Libertarians, not so much.

    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    So, now that the poll shows 60% support for including minority parties, why are 99% of you still going to vote for the two parties? I hope the minority parties cost the GOP the election, so they will stop ignoring people they need to win elections. If the GOP wants to keep losing elections to tea party and libertarian challengers, then they should by all means keep trying to hide, block, and control them. A libertarian may not be able to win, but they can make sure the GOP loses.
    Because places like Debate Politics isn't representative of an average cross section of society. People who actively partake of places like this tend to be more pro-active and aware of politics in general. People who would never come to a place like this are more prone to fall for sound bites and pep rallies disguised as campaign speeches.

    That doesn't mean that people here are correct in their conclusions, just that people here are more likely to dig deeper than what is presented to them on the surface.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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

    Absolutely. We're spreading Democracy through out the middle east, but we don't even have it here.
    Gary Johnson 2012!!!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Because places like Debate Politics isn't representative of an average cross section of society. People who actively partake of places like this tend to be more pro-active and aware of politics in general. People who would never come to a place like this are more prone to fall for sound bites and pep rallies disguised as campaign speeches.

    That doesn't mean that people here are correct in their conclusions, just that people here are more likely to dig deeper than what is presented to them on the surface.
    Thats not what I asked. What I asked was why 60% of those polled thinks 3rd parties should be included, but 99% of those polled continue to exclude them. It was rhetorical. The answer is hypocrasy of course.

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