From The Examiner:
By Karl Dickey
Yesterday, a Quinnipiac University poll was released on the 2014 Florida Governor’s race, ignoring Libertarian Party of Florida candidate Adrian Wyllie as well as other candidates expected to be on the ballot in November, 2014. Besides two Republican and Democratic candidates, the poll asks respondents if they support “someone else” or “wouldn’t vote”. The poll doesn’t even include other Democrats and Republicans running to be Florida’s next governor and this is typical of the mainstream media and mainstream polling organizations. It would lead some to believe two main candidates are picked ahead of time and all the media’s focus is on them, rather than other legitimate candidates in the race and on the ballot.
Last month, Wyllie was excluded from another poll, which included Charlie Crist who had not even filed to run for governor at that time, yet Wyllie filed to run for the position this past January. The one poll Wyllie was included showed him at 8.7% earlier this year and hasn’t been included in a poll since. Conspiracy theorists could wonder if the two candidates to be shown to the public are chosen ahead of time.
Much like with Ross Perot in 1992, once a third party candidate looks like they will have too much influence in an election, some wonder if a coordinated effort of exclusion is practiced. Once Perot gained over 19% of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, the Commission on Presidential Debates took over the presidential debates, changing the rules and qualifications for inclusion and a third party candidate has never since been in the debates.
This exclusionary effort blinds the voting public into believing there are only two candidates to choose, however nothing could be further from the truth which leads to the defeat of other qualified candidates.
For example, in the 2012 Presidential elections there were 12 people on the ballot in Florida to choose, however the mainstream media, the Commission on Presidential Debates and polling organizations work to keep them from the public’s eye. So when voters enter the voting booth, they are surprised to see the number of people to select from, however since they are only familiar with two, pick on of the two. Often the line from mainstream media is that “if the candidate is compelling to readers or viewers we will cover them.” However it is undisputed Gary Johnson who ran in the 2012 presidential race was one of the more, if not the most, compelling and interesting candidates running. He would have been an interesting read, however was purposefully excluded from mainstream coverage.
Recently in Virginia, the Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Robert Sarvis, was excluded from debating in the last debate even though he qualified under the debate participation rules.
The issue is so bad, there are many ‘third party’ candidates and other organizations wanting to force the mainstream media into equal coverage.