Wednesday, August 22, 2007

ABC disses Kucinich

It's 3:10 AM and I can't sleep. I got the letter below from the Kucinich Campaign yesterday (today?); it has me bugged. Clearly, from the letter, ABC is not treating the Kucinich equally.

He is the only
pro-peace, pro-working class, pro-woman, for full marriage rights (not just civil unions) for gays and lesbians, for universal-single payer healthcare and environmentally friendly,candidate we have; and he is all wrapped up into one small but mighty package.

ven if you hate the Kucinich and oppose every position he has, I hope you support the idea that all the candiciates should be treated equally by the media.

I encourage you to copy the list of complaints in the Kucinich Campaign letter against ABC (the letter is below), paste them into the
Politics message boards and comments & suggestions email page, and tell them to answer the questions.

Then post the same message at NBC, CNN, & CBS (scroll down to the bottom of the CBS page and click contact us.) I guess you could try FOX, if you're feeling particularly snarky (I, apparently, am not).

Here's the letter.

The Kucinich campaign is still awaiting an official response from ABC News about the unexplained – some have charged "inexplicable" - way in which the network has handled its post-debate online coverage of Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich over the past few days.

Among the "outrages" that have energized tens of thousands of Kucinich supporters - and even non-supporters - thousands of whom have flooded the ABC News website and other online news sites with comments of protest:

  • Congressman Kucinich was apparently deliberately cropped out of a "Politics Page" photo of the candidates.
  • Sometime Monday afternoon, after Congressman Kucinich took a commanding lead in ABC's own on-line "Who won the Democratic debate" survey, the survey was dropped from prominence on the website.
  • ABC News has not officially reported the results of its online survey.
  • After the results of that survey showed Congressman Kucinich winning handily, ABC News, sometime Monday afternoon, replaced the original survey with a second survey asking "Who is winning the Democratic debate?"
  • During the early voting Monday afternoon and evening, U.S. Senator Barack Obama was in the lead. By sometime late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Congressman Kucinich regained the lead by a wide margin in this second survey.
  • Sometime Tuesday morning, ABC News apparently dropped the second survey from prominence or killed it entirely.
  • AND, as every viewer of the nationally televised Sunday Presidential forum is aware, Congressman Kucinich was not given an opportunity to answer a question from moderator George Stephanopoulos until 28 minutes into the program.

The campaign submitted objections and inquiries to ABC News representatives on Monday and Tuesday. ABC News representatives have failed to respond - or even acknowledge - those objections and inquiries.

Stayed tuned for further details.

Strength Through Peace,
Kucinich for President 2008

Consider putting this on your website/blog or emailing it around. Thanks.

Now it's 4:10 AM. :::sigh::: I wonder what I am going to do now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Apologies for making an off-topic comment (which, of course, would be your perrogative to delete) ... but I couldn't help but wonder, given your obvious passion about disability rights (and human rights in general) and your activist bent, whether you had given any thought to writing a blog post or two about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.

Given your close attention to politics and to disability issues, I imagine you know that, ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was passed, the courts have undermined the true intent of the law to the point where employers can essentially say to workers with disabilities, "You're too disabled, we don't want to hire you," but at the same time the courts can tell them, "You're not disabled enough for us to protect you from being discriminated against on the basis of your disability!" The ADA Restoration Act of 2007 (HR 3195, S 1881) is meant to reverse these trends so that the courts will be forced to read the ADA as it was originally intended by Congress to be interpreted.

If you do write a blog post (or three), please let me know -- I'm maintaining an on-going list of links to blog posts about the ADA Restoration Act and would love to be able to link to you. See the links I have so far to what other bloggers have said at