The Media and Political Elections

We had wanted to write about Adam Smith's campaign finances today, but Commoner is having trouble getting onto the F.E.C. website at the moment, so the subject today is the media and the coming campaign for Congress in the 9th District.  Do not expect fairness in regards to challenger campaigns to Smith.  The Seattle Times in particular has a history of unfairness to candidates that don't have the backing of corporate paymasters or powerful political lobbies.  Some of the "alternative" media in the Seattle area are no better.  The mere backing of candidates by significant portions of the electorate, such as more than 90,000 votes for Mark Greene for Director of Elections, is of no significance to large portions of the media, and the power of these biased institutions to effect elections is still huge, but less so in the internet era.  People who still depend on the institutional media for most of their news should consider why omissions are made, such as the non-coverage of the 2011 Director of Elections campaign, or why denigrations of candidates who really represent the people are prevalent.  After all, most media institutions are managed by oligarch interests, and more interested in controlling events than reporting the news.

[revised on 4/16/14]

Commoner is 99% certain that the 2004 G.O.P. primary election was stolen from Mark Greene and handed to a political novice. Help us solve the mystery of "The Other Curious Election of 2004" (WA 9th Congressional District U.S. Rep. primary) by contacting real journalists and asking them to look into it, and writing or calling the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, Jenny Durkan, and requesting that she make public all matters relating to the '04 primary. Regarding the journalists, ask them to use "Freedom of Information" requests to get to the bottom of this case. For more information: see 2/26/13 post entitled "Major Election Irregularities (Graph & Essay), and from there, there will be a list of other related posts on Commoner. Elections are too important for shams to be ignored and for accountability to be neglected.

If possible, please, consider contributing to the Party of Commons, by sending a check or money order ($10 recommended), or contribute to Mark's U.S. Representative campaign that will be on the ballot in August, 2014 (checks should be made out to "Mark Greene for Congress"); for either matter, write to P.O. Box 612, Bellevue, WA 98009. Thank you!