Commentary: Media’s influence in the election of our representatives

Recently Bay 9 News removed the Libertarian candidate for Florida’s U.S. Senate from an online poll they were conducting once they found him doing too well. The last time the poll showed Alexander Snitker’s name was when he was at 14% and rising, then the poll stopped showing his name and replaced it with “Other”, causing two “Other” to be listed in the online poll. Here is Snitker’s press release on the manipulation. “Fringe” candidates have learned to take screen captures from mainstream media websites as the media often manipulates what the public gets to see in favor of more mainstream candidates. So even if the public is crying out for different flavors, the mainstream media is set to only offer vanilla or chocolate. A quick search on Bay News 9’s website of Snitker’s name shows 12 results, mostly just listing of the candidates and no ‘real’ stories. Rubio shows 605 listings, Crist shows 1,780, Meek shows 701, DeCastro shows 44 mentions (again, mostly just listing of candidates and no stories). It is clear Bay News 9 has a bias toward three candidates for the U.S. Senate seat and this example can be repeated at media outlets across Florida. The large difference in Crist’s results are understandable as he is the current Governor of Florida so one would expect there to be many more mentions of his name.

Even WPEC Channel 12 in Palm Beach County, owned by a supposed libertarian-minded company, won’t mention candidates outside the spectrum of the “big” three and often states there are only three candidates running for U.S. Senate in Florida – a serious breach of their duty to voters in South Florida and frankly an outright lie to the public. Doing a search on their website for stories involving the candidates today showed the following results:Charlie Crist 577 items found, Kendrick Meek 24 items found, Rubio 39 items found, Snitker ZERO items found, Bernie DeCastro ZERO items found. So even a libertarian-minded media outlet won’t mention the libertarian candidate. One could almost understand if Snitker was some kind of wacko, however he’s not. He’s a legitimate candidate and Marine veteran who makes intelligent speeches all over Florida during the race.

Hope is not all lost however. It is clear debates can happen on the U.S. Senate level of competition as seen in the Arizona debates which include theLibertarian PartyGreen PartyRepublican Partyand the Democratic Party candidates. The questions of each candidates was fair and balanced – no mentioning of little green men to Jerry Joslyn, the Green Party candidate or regarding anarchy toDavid Nolan of the Libertarian Party.

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Commentary: Media's influence in the election of our representatives

Recently Bay 9 News removed the Libertarian candidate for Florida’s U.S. Senate from an online poll they were conducting once they found him doing too well. The last time the poll showed Alexander Snitker’s name was when he was at 14% and rising, then the poll stopped showing his name and replaced it with “Other”, causing two “Other” to be listed in the online poll. Here is Snitker’s press release on the manipulation. “Fringe” candidates have learned to take screen captures from mainstream media websites as the media often manipulates what the public gets to see in favor of more mainstream candidates. So even if the public is crying out for different flavors, the mainstream media is set to only offer vanilla or chocolate. A quick search on Bay News 9’s website of Snitker’s name shows 12 results, mostly just listing of the candidates and no ‘real’ stories. Rubio shows 605 listings, Crist shows 1,780, Meek shows 701, DeCastro shows 44 mentions (again, mostly just listing of candidates and no stories). It is clear Bay News 9 has a bias toward three candidates for the U.S. Senate seat and this example can be repeated at media outlets across Florida. The large difference in Crist’s results are understandable as he is the current Governor of Florida so one would expect there to be many more mentions of his name.

Even WPEC Channel 12 in Palm Beach County, owned by a supposed libertarian-minded company, won’t mention candidates outside the spectrum of the “big” three and often states there are only three candidates running for U.S. Senate in Florida – a serious breach of their duty to voters in South Florida and frankly an outright lie to the public. Doing a search on their website for stories involving the candidates today showed the following results:Charlie Crist 577 items found, Kendrick Meek 24 items found, Rubio 39 items found, Snitker ZERO items found, Bernie DeCastro ZERO items found. So even a libertarian-minded media outlet won’t mention the libertarian candidate. One could almost understand if Snitker was some kind of wacko, however he’s not. He’s a legitimate candidate and Marine veteran who makes intelligent speeches all over Florida during the race.

Hope is not all lost however. It is clear debates can happen on the U.S. Senate level of competition as seen in the Arizona debates which include theLibertarian PartyGreen PartyRepublican Partyand the Democratic Party candidates. The questions of each candidates was fair and balanced – no mentioning of little green men to Jerry Joslyn, the Green Party candidate or regarding anarchy toDavid Nolan of the Libertarian Party.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”

Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”.

In an effort to prevent the next Senator from Florida being elected on the basis of “who spends the most on TV ads,” Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alexander Snitker says he has a plan that will ensure voters can make an informed decision in November. 

In what he is calling “Friday Night Fights,” Snitker is challenging his Senatorial rivals to a series of 10 debates to be held every Friday evening after the August 24th primary election, and continuing through to the general election. The debates should include all candidates, regardless of party affiliation.

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Senate candidate suggests "Friday Night Fights"

Senate candidate suggests “Friday Night Fights”.

In an effort to prevent the next Senator from Florida being elected on the basis of “who spends the most on TV ads,” Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alexander Snitker says he has a plan that will ensure voters can make an informed decision in November. 

In what he is calling “Friday Night Fights,” Snitker is challenging his Senatorial rivals to a series of 10 debates to be held every Friday evening after the August 24th primary election, and continuing through to the general election. The debates should include all candidates, regardless of party affiliation.

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Are the Tea Partiers supporting the right candidates?

You will have a decision to make come November. Are you going to trade in your principles for strategy or do the right thing and stick to your principles?

That is what is sorely lacking in the country – people who give in too easily strategizing a block of another candidate. If we had voters who voted their conviction, Snitker would be doing far better in the polls, in the media, and in his campaign treasuries.

If one is a true conservative and also a Tea Partier (remember? Principles over Party?), then you owe it to yourself to investigate each candidate and align yourself with the one closest to your value system. To do anything but, is doing a disservice to yourself, your family, and your country. If that person is Rubio, then great. Perhaps, however, it is DeCastro, Snitker, Crist, Meek, Green, etc. etc.

Don’t you have far more respect for someone that votes their principles, then simply votes for who can win? And if not, then you may as well leave the Tea Party movement, because all is then lost.

How many candidates have you worked for on their campaign and voted for in the voting booth who turned around and voted OPPOSITE your value system once in office? For me, it has been far too many which is why I left the Republican Party in 1996 and frankly, should have left sooner.

Snitker describes the events of the FPA meeting “disruption”

I would like to explain my actions at the Florida Press Association’s candidate forum on Thursday at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. I was only notified of the event about an hour beforehand by an alert campaign volunteer. I dropped what I was doing in Tampa and drove to Sarasota. I called Adrian Wyllie, the campaign media director, to let him know what was happening.

Adrian immediately called the Dean Ridings, President of the FPA, to ask why I was not included and to ask for the opportunity to speak. Mr. Ridings refused. Adrian informed the FPA that we were on the way and my voice would be heard. We alerted the media to inform them of our presence.

I arrived late and sat down midway through Kendrick Meek’s question and answer session. Afterword, Marco Rubio addressed the audience. I did not interrupt any of the candidates. It was only after Marco Rubio had finished that I stood to speak at a microphone placed in the aisle for guest comments.

I said that I’d like to make a statement, and that denying a person who served eight years in the United States Marine Corps defending your right to have this today is an atrocity.

I asked for the opportunity to address the group and to answer questions just like the other four candidates, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and Jeff Greene. They denied my request. Their justification was that only candidates polling above 10% in a credible poll were welcome to speak.

I pointed out that Greene had not received 10% in a credible general election poll. Ridings cited a Quinnipiac poll that showed Green had more than 10%. However, the poll he cites was of Democrats only, and was limited to candidates in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

If we applied the same rules to the Libertarian party I would have undoubtedly polled above 10%, especially considering I am not facing a primary challenge and I already am the Libertarian nominee. If Greene has met that criteria of having at least 10% within his own party, then so have I.

The bottom line is this: There is a good possibility that I would be polling ahead of Green in a general election poll right now. Our internal polling data suggests it. Since the media has never included me in any of their polls, how could they possibly know whether I am polling above or below 10%? We can only assume that they made a judgment call to exclude me based on their own preconceived notions and bias.

What would you do under these circumstances?

It is not obvious I that the media is attempting to determine who the candidates will be?

Do you think my actions were justified?

It seemed to me that the media would continue to ignore our grassroots campaign. I could not let that stand. I have been actively campaigning since June of 2009. In April of this year, I paid the $10,440 state qualification fee to ensure my name is on this ballot. It is against everything this country stands for to exclude me.

I spoke for less than five minutes and then left without incident. Many in the press have described my actions using terms like “disruptive,” and described my speech as “frothing at the mouth.” I did not “storm out” as one reporter put it. In the hallway, I was greeted by several enthusiastic reporters asking for more information about my campaign.

We did what was necessary for the media to recognize us. We made our point and left. We were heard. Let’s hope that they acknowledge that, and that they give a regular citizen a level playing field to compete vs. the career politicians and big money candidates in this race.

-Alexander Snitker

http://www.snitker2010.com

An open letter to the Tea Parties of Florida from Alexander Snitker

As a proud member of the tea party movement, I am overjoyed by the enormous accomplishments we’ve made. I am humbled by the support so many of you have given me in my run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, and I would like to express my sincere thanks.

Our movement was formed over our outrage in the direction the two-party political class was taking our great nation. We stand together to tell the Washington insiders that we will not sit idly by while they ignore and subvert the United States Constitution. We will not sit quietly while they spend our nation into oblivion, and saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. We will not abdicate our personal and financial freedom to them.

The tea party movement is the voice of the people. Just like you, I am one of those voices. I have never sought political office before. Until recently, I had absolutely no desire to do so. I have no political ambitions other than to serve my Country, and help to restore it to our Founders’ original intent.

Like you, I watched in outrage as Republicans and Democrats ignored the Constitution. I felt the anger and sorrow as they spent and spent, while at the same time chipping away at our cherished freedoms. Like so many of you, I called and wrote to my Representative and Senators in a futile attempt to make them hear my voice.

They refused to listen. It was then that I realized that I must take action.

That is why I am running for office. I sincerely believe that it is my duty as an American to do whatever I can to restore our Republic. As a U.S. Marine, I swore a solemn oath to defend the Constitution, and I take that oath very seriously.

Today, some tea party groups are standing in strong support of my competitor for the U.S. Senate seat, Marco Rubio. While Marco says he supports the tea party agenda, his actions are suspect. He is an attorney and career politician who always seems to be just one step ahead of scandal and corruption. He is a man whose words and actions are not always in sync. I fear that he is another politician who will campaign on the virtues of our Founders, but then govern through backroom deals and compromise like a typical politician.

We have seen this pattern many times in the past, and I fear we are doomed to repeat history.

I am asking you to take a stand for Liberty. I am asking you to take a risk on the little guy. I am urging you to support me.

In return, I vow never to compromise my principles. I will work to defeat any legislation that exceeds the Constitutional authority of the federal government. I will oppose any legislation that burdens our future generations with debt. I will fight any legislation that cedes our sovereignty to another nation or global body. I will only vote for judicial appointees who will defend and uphold the Constitution.

Together, we can restore our Republic, and return liberty and prosperity to ourselves and our posterity.

If you are still undecided who you will support in this race, I propose that tea party groups host four U.S. Senate candidate debates. The debates could be located in various regions across the state to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. I will gladly appear at every debate, and I challenge Marco Rubio to do the same. Let’s find out once and for all who the tea party candidate really is.

Sincerely,
Alexander Snitker
Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Florida

http://www.snitker2010.com