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Candidates and supporters from The Party That Shall Not Be Named. (David Nakamura - TWP)

A group of about 15 protestors and candidates from a Certain Political Party That Will Go Unnamed gathered outside the Washington Post building today to protest their belief that the company "routinely ignores or marginalizes the party's candidates."

"We're here to challenge the Post to cover D.C.'s second party in terms of national clout," said David Schwartzman, an At-Large candidate for D.C. Council from That Party. He highlighted the party's 2006 general election results, when the Unnamed Party won more votes than the Republicans.

Cynthia McKinney, candidate for president from the Party The Washington Post Won't Name, sent a statement.

"We know that if the media covered our platform ..... they would establish us as the second political party in this nation," McKinney said in the statement that was read by SKCM Curry, her campaign manager.

The protest was partially inspired by a May 29 online discussion with Post congressional reporter Paul Kane, in which he said, "We don't have enough resources to cover" The Party That Is Not The Democrats Or Republicans.


By David A Nakamura  |  July 31, 2008; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Who?

Posted by: Michael1945 | July 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

He can't say, because the Post doesn't cover the party. (So don't look at the picture with the party name.)

Posted by: Rick | July 31, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

And why on Earth would anyone cover a party that accepts Cynthia McKinney outside the comedy section?

Posted by: Resident | July 31, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Why would coverage in the Post guarantee them of anything? If they can't round up more than 15 people for a demonstration against this monolisth that's keeping them down, I don't think coverage in the post would help their cause.

Posted by: Hahaha | July 31, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that Cynthia. Ha ha ha ha

Posted by: Green goo on my shoe | July 31, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

...and even here, you could not report accurately about Ms McKinney. She did not say ""We know that if the media covered our platform ..... they would establish us as the second political party in this nation,"
but rather "We know that if the media would cover our platform, .... establish us as a legitimate third party in this country" The Green Party is often the second political party in DC. It saddens me that some people can't open their minds and listen to Cynthia and instead buy into distortion of minor incidents in her past rather than all the good work she has done and continues to do speaking truth to power.

Posted by: Sanda | July 31, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Go Greens! You are supported. Don't listen to these haters. Keep going!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I really wish there was a viable third party. I guess enough of us have to be really really sick of our parties to make that happen. Oh wait..I am really sick of our political parties. Perhaps this could be the year? The problem is, between Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney probably Bob Barr is the most sellable. But not by much. Oh, how I wish a mainstream person would go independent. Someone like Hillary Clinton or even Chuck Hagel. If one of them did that then I would guarantee a new third part would definately become viable. Right now my vote is going to no one in either GOP or Democrat!

Posted by: Narnia | July 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney rocks.
Rosa Clemente rocks.
DC Statehood Green party rocks.

I like the Washington Post and I have faith that they will cover the Green Party this season, if even as a "human interest story".

PS to the Washington Post: The Greens are used to doing things on the cheap due to refusing corporate bribes and donations. You can probably hire a Green Correspondent for (organically grown fair trade) peanuts.

Posted by: greenpartywatch | August 1, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather know what's up with the Communist Party. They use to have these great rally's in Tacoma Park. The Greens, well, all's I can say is the Dingo's keep eating all their babies. They can't seem to grow new voter's.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | August 1, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

This is how the Post responds to the charge of bias? With a lame attempt at snark? Dana Milbank's response to the charge of taking a quote out of context was flippant and unprofessional as well. Exactly what one has come to expect from the Post. I am so glad I don't pay for this fish wrapper.

Posted by: Julie | August 1, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

The Post is afraid to cover the Green Party. They know their advertisers won't like it.

Posted by: Cameron | August 1, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Green Party is the party of today and the future and it will be a majority party sooner than later in the US, that's why there is no press coverage. Both parties know that and rather take an offensive and hostile approach to discredit it. Too late. The American grassroots is diligently working to make it happen. Greens will tackle the needs of our population. Change is imminent, change of parties for the good of all, I mean.
Go Green Party! Go Cynthia McKinney!
www.GP.org
www.runcynthiarun.org

Posted by: Hansen | August 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney rocks!

Has anyone seen my rocks?

Posted by: Marion Barrey | August 1, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The Green party soon will be replaced with the Big Bootay Party. Th BBP will be the place to be, although space is limited. The bootie really is big here.

Posted by: John Bigboote | August 1, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

All parties on the presidential ballot in a majority of the states should receive respectable coverage from national media.
This would include the Constitution Party, the Green Party, The Libertarian Party and the Nader/Gonzalez campaign.
The July 29 CNN poll put Nader at 6%, the Libertarian Bob Barr at 3% and McKinney at 1%.
These campaigns and parties have been around for a while and are not going away. They have developed positions the kind of politics that plenty of people support, even though they don't get to vote for it very often. You'd think the Post and other professional media would give more coverage to the minor parties, just to break the monotony of the Dem/Rep horse race.

Posted by: Scott West | August 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

My favorite line from the article, from the Post's executive editor:

"Future coverage of third-party candidates, he said, "would be based on the past performance of those candidates, and how much interest we think our readers have in them."

How's that for a cyclical error? You can't get a feel for the interest if you don't cover something, and you won't cover something you don't think people are interested in. I think that's a clever way of saying "we just don't care".

I don't like this perpetuation of the two party system and the media's complicity. We need real alternatives.

Go Greens!

Posted by: Binklesworth | August 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Dems 4 Cynthia McKinney!!! PUMAS backing Cynthia in 2008!!

Posted by: Ric | August 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The D.C. Statehood Green Party refers to the event as a press conference, in their press release found here:

http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2008/08/01/dc-statehood-party-on-washington-post-protest/#more-433

DC's 'Second Party' challenges the Washington Post to give DC Statehood Green Party candidates fair coverage in the 2008 election

• Three local candidates speak at a press conference near the Post's front door on July 31; Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney sends a statement

• Four Statehood Green candidates for partisan office in 2008:
Keith Ware for the US Senate
Joyce Robinson-Paul for the US House
Maude Louise Hills for Delegate to the US House
David Schwartzman for At-Large Member of Council

WASHINGTON, DC -- The DC Statehood Green Party held a press conference this morning in front of the downtown Washington, DC offices of The Washington Post and challenged the newspaper -- and all DC area media -- to give the party's candidates fair coverage during the 2008 election season.

Speakers at the 11 am press conference, including three local candidates, noted that the DC Statehood Green Party is the District's 'Second Party' in terms of electoral clout. Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republicans in recent general elections for partisan office, even when the two parties have run the same number of candidates. In 2006, the five Statehood Green candidates received a total of 47,421 votes, while the five Republican candidates received 32,658 votes (http://www.dcboee.org/information/elec_2006/general_2006_results.shtm).
[...]

Posted by: Scott West | August 2, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

This commentary by D. Nakamura is an unbelieveably pompous snub at the Green Party. In lieu of the debauchery of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, in addition to the threat of democracy in executive-level elections around the world,our journey to a new president should be a road paved with objectivity. Shame on you WP....it would otherwise seem that with a 20% decline in subscriptions, you wouldn't allow your writers to so arrogantly brush off something so important..... I'm cancelling my subscription today.

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