Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Virginia Media Outlets Shut Jamie Radtke Out Of Participation In US Senate Debate


The following e-mail came from Jamie Radtke's US Senate campaign. The lapdog media in Virginia is selecting the candidates for the 2012 race to replace Jim Webb.

The Virginia Associated Press (AP) Managing Editors and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association (VCCA) have decided to hold a general election debate in December between the Washington Establishment candidates Tim Kaine (former DNC chairman) and Senator George Allen, and the AP and VCCA wrote rules to exclude everyone but the Washington candidates:
  • Candidates that average 15 percent or better in published, non-candidate primary polls; and,
  • Have raised at least 20 percent as much money as their party's frontrunner by the end of October

The AP and VCCA ignore head-to-head Senate polls, such as the July 27 PPP poll showing:

Tim Kaine: 47%

Jamie Radtke: 31%

This is well over the 15% threshold set by the AP and VCCA. This is a general election debate, so why wouldn’t they use general election poll numbers?

The AP and VCCA ignore the fact that, by scheduling a general election debate six months before the primary, the Mainstream Media is circumventing the electoral process and telling Virginians that your voices and votes are irrelevant.

So if the lapdog media decides Allen and Kaine are the only participants, why are we even bothering with a primary in the first place? Shouldn't Virginians get to know all candidates?

You can contact AP and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association below and (politely) let them know your displeasure with this move.

Associated Press Phone: 804-643-6646

Associated Press Fax: 804-643-6223

Associated Press Richmond Bureau Chief: dabernathy@ap.org

Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association: officers@vapress.org

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