Former New Mexico Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Gary Johnson has had enough. Johnson, a favorite among the populist and libertarian wing of the GOP, has been systematically kept out of almost all of the race’s nationally televised debates. Just as bad, he’s been purposely omitted from most of the national polls which the major TV networks insist is the main criteria deciding who gets an invitation and who doesn’t.
Johnson’s announcement begins with the headline, ‘Gary Johnson to RNC: Letting News Media Pre-Select Presidential Field is Irresponsible’. For more information about Johnson’s past media exclusions, read the Whiteout Press article, ‘CNN NH Presidential Debate Snubs Candidates’. While New Hampshire was the first debate to snub Johnson and others, it was only the beginning. Today, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has had enough.
The release by the Johnson campaign begins, “In response to several debate exclusions Presidential candidate Gary Johnson sent the following letter to Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus.” The letter to the RNC chairman from the GOP Presidential candidate starts, “There is one thing about which all Republicans agree: Our greatest imperative in 2012 is to elect a Republican President of the United States.”
”Debates, such as the one this week in Las Vegas, are supposed to be opportunities for voters to see the candidates, hear their views, and judge their qualifications without the distortions of money, recognition and favoritism. However, when organizing those debates is left to the national news media, the result has been an absurd Catch-22. Invitations to participate in the debates are based upon arbitrary polling criteria decided in the conference rooms of media organizations such as CNN or NBC or the Washington Post.”
Former New Mexico Governor Johnson continues:
“Having compiled a record as governor that, by any measure, demonstrates the ability to curb spending, cut taxes and create an economic and regulatory environment that will bring about real job creation, I entered the race for president with the belief that I bring to the table not only the credentials, but ideas that Republicans would like to see and hear. Never did it occur to me that I would be excluded from the conversation; however, that is precisely what is happening – and I believe the Republican National Committee bears some responsibility for what is going on.”
Johnson Takes RNC to Task:
“Commentators across the board have pointed to the fundamental unfairness of my exclusion from the process. Even other candidates have done the same. But nowhere have we heard the voice of the Republican National Committee. As a lifelong Republican and a former Republican governor, I would suggest that allowing the national news media – who do not have the best interests of the Republican Party in mind – to pre-select the presidential field is nothing less than irresponsible.”
In closing, GOP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson confirms his belief that the Republican Party’s nominating process has bee hijacked by the national news media. Johnson finishes, “With the early Republican primaries and caucuses fast approaching, I urge you to exert some leadership and reclaim the nominating process from the national news media who are today pre-ordaining the viability and success of candidates.”
Johnson isn’t the only Presidential candidate complaining about the national news media attempting to affect the outcome of the nominating process. Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has as much reason to be outraged as anyone. Fox News went as far as replacing the audio of their telecast of the CPAC convention whose straw poll Ron Paul won. They replaced the audience’s standing ovation and deafening cheers and applause for Ron Paul with the audio of a different event where the audience was booing someone. Read the Whiteout Press articles, ‘Mainstream Media not so Mainstream’ or ‘CNN Changing Election Outcome’ for more examples.
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