The mainstream media rarely give third-party and independent candidates a fair shake — hence the need for sites like IPR and Third Party Watch. But the new media — the online media — is supposed to give candidates and parties the coverage they deserve.
If this is true, then Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr and independent candidate Ralph Nader have really outdone their competitors. Combined, Barr and Nader have a 92% share of the Google News hits out of the top 13 third-party candidates still in the running.
This analysis was performed early on the morning of June 11.
The first number listed is the number of Google News hits for the search term (see the notes below). The percentage of the total share appears last.
- 1,561: Bob Barr, Libertarian Party 57.69%
- 930: Ralph Nader 34.37%
- 67: Cynthia McKinney, Green Party 2.48%
- 63: Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party 2.33%
- 23: Kat Swift, Green Party 0.85%
- 18: Kent Mesplay, Green Party 0.67%
- 17: Jesse Johnson, Green Party 0.63%
- 9: Gloria La Riva, Party of Socialism and Liberation 0.33%
- 4: Brian Moore, Socialist Party USA 0.15%
- 4: Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party 0.15%
- 4: Charles Jay, Boston Tea Party 0.15%
- 3: Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party 0.11%
- 3: Robert Milnes, Boston Tea Party 0.11%
Notes: For candidates from the Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Boston Tea, and Prohibition parties, the search term used was “Candidate Name” “Party Name” (i.e. “Bob Barr” “Libertarian Party”). For Ralph Nader, the search term was just “Ralph Nader”,which gave him an advantage over Barr (there were about 2,300 Google News hits for just “Bob Barr”). For Brian Moore and Roger Calero, the word “Socialist” was substituted for their party name. And for Gloria La Riva, “PSL” was used.