Before writing an article or the story about Cynthia Mc Kinney and the Green Party USA, I looked at the links below.
The Washington Post omitted Cynthia Mc Kinney from its DC Presidential Election Voters Guide Page in spite of the fact that the Green Party and Cynthia Mc Kinney will be on the ballot in DC. Manuel Roig-Franzia wrote about Cynthia Mc Kinney in his article for the Washington Post concentrating on her personality.
The Washington Post as well as the other media have done the people of the United States of America a diservice for not allowing alternative parties to express their views. The Washington Post did a diservice to voters in Washington DC by omitting her name from its Presidential Elections Voters Guide. The people have a right to know that there are other parties and other candidates in order to level the playing field in American Politics. The electoral process has to open its doors to other parties and the world must monitor the American Political Process to make sure that people who are voting receive enough information in order to make a decision.
I would also like to be fair and say that Cynthia Mc Kinney was given an opportunity to express her views and the views of the Green Party USA in the beginning of 2008. I once submitted an E Mail to her campaign office with an invitation to be interviewed by the underwriter for Now Public. The reason is that her views merited maximum exposure. The response from her Press Secretary was that Ms. Mc Kinney wanted the questions beforehand. The underwriter accomodated to her demands but the questions were left unanswered and no E Mail response.
It was not fair to the Underwriter who wanted to interview a Presidential Candidate for Now Public to be left without at least a "thanks but no thanks". The same has applied with most politicians even though they have found time for other networks. There have been notable exceptions and one of them is Dr. Michael Munger.
Michael Munger is the candidate of the Libertarian Party for Governor of North Carolina. Michael Munger was nice enough to take time off from his busy schedule to converse with the underwriter one on one for Now Public. The lesson to be learned from the behaviour of Ms. Mc Kinney and Dr. Munger is the following. In order to at least have an opportunity to win an election, the candidate should take advantage of the opportunity to be interviewed if time permits or at least give a reason why they cannot participate in the interview. It is these little things that win elections or at least increase the percentage points.