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Turning a Blind Eye: Why Reporters Ignore Third-Party Candidates
Unformatted Document Text:  draw attention to some of the factors that may contribute to the process reporters follow on the campaign trail so as to open a broader debate in journalism circles about the Turning a Blind Eye: Why Reporters Ignore Third-Party Candidates manner in which elections are viewed. Is it true, for instance, that readers are better served by receiving substantial information about a small group of candidates rather than minimal information about many more contenders? Or is the electorate hurt when certain perspectives on a matter of public importance are not heard because they are not being voiced by those in power? Will the Internet change the way third-party candidates are covered by the mainstream media? If so, how? These are difficult questions to answer. One thing seems certain in the short-run, though. If we can use these interviews as a gauge, third-party gubernatorial candidates are likely to occupy their current space in American political life for some years to come —on the fringe. Table 1 Reporter Years of Experience News Organization Mark Z. Barabak 29 Los Angeles Times David W. Callender 24 The Capital Times John Marelius 30 San Diego Union-Tribune Carla Marinucci 30 San Francisco Chronicle Scott Milfred 15 Wisconsin State Journal Margaret Talev 13 McClatchy Group Steven Walters 37 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Kevin Yamamura 8 Sacramento Bee Turning a Blind Eye: Why Reporters Ignore Third-Party Candidates Table 2 Criterion Points Public Interest in the Candidate 23 25

Authors: Kirch, John.
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draw attention to some of the factors that may contribute to the process reporters follow 
on the campaign trail so as to open a broader debate in journalism circles about the 
Turning a Blind Eye: Why Reporters Ignore Third-Party Candidates
manner in which elections are viewed.  Is it true, for instance, that readers are better 
served by receiving substantial information about a small group of candidates rather than
minimal information about many more contenders?  Or is the electorate hurt when certain 
perspectives on a matter of public importance are not heard because they are not being 
voiced by those in power?  Will the Internet change the way third-party candidates are 
covered by the mainstream media?  If so, how?
These are difficult questions to answer.  One thing seems certain in the short-run, 
though.  If we can use these interviews as a gauge, third-party gubernatorial candidates 
are likely to occupy their current space in American political life for some years to come
—on the fringe.
Table 1
Reporter
Years of Experience
News Organization
Mark Z. Barabak
29
Los Angeles Times
David W. Callender
24
The Capital Times
John Marelius
30
San Diego Union-Tribune
Carla Marinucci
30
San Francisco Chronicle
Scott Milfred
15
Wisconsin State Journal
Margaret Talev
13
McClatchy Group
Steven Walters
37
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Kevin Yamamura
8
Sacramento Bee
Turning a Blind Eye: Why Reporters Ignore Third-Party Candidates
Table 2
Criterion
Points
Public Interest in the Candidate
23
25


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