Today, July 10, 2014, the Florida Press Association (FPA) holds its 2014 convention at Miami’s Biltmore Hotel. The FPA membership is a virtual Who’s Who of Florida traditional media companies including Palm Beach County’s Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Traditional media outlets, such as the members of the FPA, continually exclude political candidates from news coverage unless they are a Republican or a Democrat. Often third party candidates, such as Libertarian Party candidates, either get a slight mention at the close of an article or are not mentioned at all even though they have equally qualified and their name will be printed on the ballot for the public to vote. This unquestionably is a disservice to the general public and seems contrary to journalistic integrity taught in college classes around the nation. It also seems contrary to the FPA’s own tagline which reads “Promoting and encouraging higher standards of journalism.”