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

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

    I'm watching an interview on CNN with the potus candidates from the Green and Libertarian parties. We can moan and gran all we want but tbo Democrats and the GOP are very likey going to own the US political system until the media starts paying other parties some attention and treat them equally.

    Should the media treat the Libertarian and Green parties with the same seriousness as the GOP and he DNC? Shoud the Libertarian and Green parties be included in the debates and their primary debates covered by the meda? The obvious outcome IMHO will be a viable third and possibly fourth party. Is that even a good thing. Do we want to elect a potus with only 26% of the popular vote? Woud we need to concurrently end the electoral college and go to direct presidential vote with a runoff if no candidate gets 50% plus one vote? Are states doers ready to see Puerto Ricans, Guam residents, Samoans and Virgin Islanders have an equal vote in the presidential election as they have?
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I'm watching an interview on CNN with the potus candidates from the Green and Libertarian parties. We can moan and gran all we want but tbo Democrats and the GOP are very likey going to own the US political system until the media starts paying other parties some attention and treat them equally.

    Should the media treat the Libertarian and Green parties with the same seriousness as the GOP and he DNC? Shoud the Libertarian and Green parties be included in the debates and their primary debates covered by the meda? The obvious outcome IMHO will be a viable third and possibly fourth party. Is that even a good thing. Do we want to elect a potus with only 26% of the popular vote? Woud we need to concurrently end the electoral college and go to direct presidential vote with a runoff if no candidate gets 50% plus one vote? Are states doers ready to see Puerto Ricans, Guam residents, Samoans and Virgin Islanders have an equal vote in the presidential election as they have?
    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.
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    just a comment on your 2nd option..

    "No. They shouldn't force coverage of something the public isn't interested in"

    that premise relies on the notion of the media reflecting what the public is interested in....I believe the media determines what the public is interested in, not the other way around ( especially in politics)

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

    for my answer..
    I think the media should report on all candidates to whatever office the elections is being held for.
    withholding coverage does a disservice to the citizens, and to the country overall.

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

    I think there should be equal coverage to all parties. Give the public a real choice
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    Re: Should media give equal coverage to the Green and Libertarian Parties?

    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?

    Media gets money by people telling them what they want, not the other way around. Therefore, I say no.

    Besides, if you really want to experience libertarian thought in the media, John Stossel hosts a show on Fox News every week. Glenn Beck also had libertarian leanings at the start, until he got hijacked by the far-right evangelical crowd.

    If you want libertarianism training wheels, you could get a start with the O'Reilly Factor. Eventually you have to graduate from that class if you want to fully embrace it, however.

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

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

    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. But that's not to say the debate commission (or host of the debate) should forego their "rules of engagement' for debates. It makes sense to limit access to "viable" candidates.

    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 Kandahar
    No. Where do you draw the line?
    Draw it at the point where the party has legitimate backing. Libertarian Party does. I'd even argue that the Green Party does.

    However, for these parties right now, the best way to go is what Ron Paul is doing. The Libertarian RINO is alive and well, and we're waiting until America is just progressive enough to break out of the evangelical funk and start making laws that make sense.

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