Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tracy Warner Shuns Local Libertarians

Every year the Journal Gazette interviews local candidates and gives their endorsements on the editorial page. However, this year the JG has decided to not interview any of the 8 Libertarian Party candidates. I find this absolutely ridiculous. Should the JG interview all 8? Probably not as a couple of them are simply not serious candidates. But I have seen a few of them - Bartels, Horner, Larsen - at multiple events around the city and they are running serious campaigns that are engaging citizens in the issues.

What purpose does it serve to not interview them? They have a point of view that should at least be heard and judged on its merits. How can the JG help move the political dialogue forward if it excludes certain viewpoints simply because of their party affiliation? I have little doubt that Warner would not endorse any of the Libertarian candidates - and in my opinion he probably shouldn't endorse any of them.

But to exclude them for no other reason than they are Libertarians seems grossly undemocratic and the antithesis of a free press...

3 comments:

J Q Taxpayer said...

Well stated.

One more case of the don't do like I do, but do what I tell you.

They use their paper to demand others to be open, honest, and to include others. Gosh, maybe they should read their own paper sometime!

Kody Tinnel said...

It is indeed ridiculous to leave out an entire group of candidates because of their political affiliation.

Also, you spelled Bill Larsen's last name incorrectly in the first paragraph. Just a heads up.

Jeff Pruitt said...

Thanks Kody - apologies to Bill. I should've double checked that...