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Media appearances: Bob Barr 2008 vs. Harry Browne 2000

Data for Bob Barr from GordonUnleashed.com:

Here is a summary of just the interviews and events Bob did between August 2 and November 3rd. This list does not attempt to include news stories or news coverage that resulted from speeches, events, public appearances, news conferences, news releases etc.

From August 2 through November 3rd Bob did at least:

31 national TV interviews including 15 on CNN and 8 on Fox News Network
31 local TV interviews
90 radio interviews
38 newspaper interviews
8 magazine interviews
3 news conferences
36 speeches, most at Universities
1 debate televised on C-SPAN

The only thing I know of to compare it to is Harry Browne’s list of campaign appearances from 2000. This is not an apples to apples comparison, since Browne’s list covers a longer period of time, and there are many more news shows and outlets now than there were then. Nevertheless, here is Browne’s list. I am omitting the names of the shows, stations and papers, which is at the link.

These lists cover publicity events in which I participated from February 14, 2000 (the official beginning of the presidential campaign) through Election Day, November 7.

Even though there are 852 events shown, this list isn’t complete. There were additional articles written about the campaign that either didn’t come to the attention of the campaign staff or that didn’t involve a personal interview. In fact, we’re aware of 1,655 references in the printed press – articles in which I was mentioned or even covered fairly extensively, but that may not have involved an interview.

These appearances gave me the opportunity to tell Americans that there is a much better country available to us – one in which their children and grandchildren won’t have to face the crushing burden of taxation that they’ve faced all their lives, one in which they can be free of Social Security and plan a secure retirement for themselves, one in which the liberties that made America unique aren’t tossed away on behalf of a futile Drug War, one in which their children will be safe from foreign wars and terrorist attacks because their government will no longer roam the world looking for trouble.

More than anything else, I had the opportunity to show that there are far better alternatives than those being offered by the old parties – that it doesn’t have to be this way.

National TV — 53
National Radio — 90
National Press — 38
Local TV — 80
Big-City Radio — 255
Small-City Radio — 120
Local Press — 137
Internet Sites & Publications — 81

I haven’t yet found a place where Browne put a total number on his personal speeches; his archived campaign journal is here. This is what Bob Barr’s 2008 campaign web page looks like now.

If anyone is aware of similar studies for other years, please post comments.

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6 Comments

  1. VirtualGalt VirtualGalt November 28, 2008

    Obviously fuel for the fire for those who believe that watering down the message in the hopes of getting the media to take us more seriously was a foolish and short sighted idea.

  2. Scott Lieberman Scott Lieberman November 28, 2008

    Thanks for digging this up.

    It would be interesting, though a huge amount of work, to compare the ratings of the national TV appearances of Barr 2008 vs. Browne 2000.

    Iit would be even more interesting to compare the national media appearances of Wayne Root vs. Art Olivier (Harry’s VP Nominee in 2000). Note – I think Mr. Olivier is a great human being, but I would bet that Wayne Root far, far eclipsed Mr. Olivier in terms of obtaining national media appearances.

  3. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | November 28, 2008

    Thanks for digging this up.

    My pleasure.

    It would be interesting, though a huge amount of work, to compare the ratings of the national TV appearances of Barr 2008 vs. Browne 2000.

    Yes, it would, but not interesting enough for me to do all that work 🙂

    However, if anyone is up to the task, I will be more than happy to publish or republish your study, if you wish, or to publish an excerpt or link if you prefer to publish it elsewhere.


    It would be even more interesting to compare the national media appearances of Wayne Root vs. Art Olivier (Harry’s VP Nominee in 2000). Note – I think Mr. Olivier is a great human being, but I would bet that Wayne Root far, far eclipsed Mr. Olivier in terms of obtaining national media appearances.

    If anyone has hard numbers, I’ll do my best to compare them. Don’t worry if it is not an apples to apples comparison – I’ll note that, as I did here.

  4. johncjackson johncjackson November 28, 2008

    Plus Harry Browne got me to join the LP, in turn getting the votes of my dad, my cousin and 2 of his friends, my girlfriend, an ex-girlfriend, and probably a couple more.

    I voted straight LP through 2004. I know my dad voted for Badnarik. My Democratic mother voted LP for Governor in 2002. My brother registered LP this year.

    And how many of those people voted for Bob Barr?

    0

  5. Michael Gilson-De Lemos Michael Gilson-De Lemos November 29, 2008

    Scott,

    My recollection is that the strategy was for Olivier to tour and do local media.

    He certainly did well when he visited Florida, where he racked up some 20 items. This was in part due to good co-operation with the LPF.

  6. Ms. Know Ms. Know December 5, 2008

    If they’re not with the left-wing illuminati, they won’t get the coverage they deserve. The media is only for the socialist.

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