Election Coverage - A Stacked Deck? (09/26/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Election Coverage - A Stacked Deck? (09/26/06)

You've probably never heard of Ed Springston.

He's running for Mayor of Louisville as an independent. But judging from media coverage, you'd think the only people in the race were Democrat Jerry Abramson and Republican Kelly Downard.

Ask any media outlet or debate sponsor why Springston is never included in the discussion, and they'll reply it's because he doesn't have a chance.

But why not?

Because he can't raise any money? Pretty hard to do, when you can't get any media exposure.

And it's pretty tough to buy media exposure when you can't raise any money.

In short, it's a Catch-22.

Lately, more voters than ever gripe that there's no real difference between Democrats and Republicans. So how come as soon as someone appears who doesn't wear either label, he's branded a hopeless loser?

Even though WDRB is just as guilty as anyone else in our failure to cover candidates like Ed Springston, my editorial viewpoints don't dictate our news coverage, and that's not going to change now. But I do challenge all media outlets - including our own - to seriously question their policies in this regard.

I'm not endorsing Springston or anyone else. But restricting our attention only to the already entrenched parties needlessly suppresses information. And that's exactly the opposite of what our job is supposed to be.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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