Now that we’ve moved past Labor Day, the local news blackout on Libertarian Senate candidate Chris Cole from Huntersville is getting down right odd. The Washington Times has no problem calling Cole a potential “spoiler” in Elizabeth Dole’s re-election bid, a notion that Democrat Kay Hagan of course happily amplifies.
Yet News14 has not done one of those lengthy, somnambulant interviews with Cole while the Uptown paper of record omits any mention of his candidacy even when reporting poll results that include him. Just weird.
As I do not think there is any secret pro-Dole bias at work, it must just be that including Cole in the story messes up the clean woman vs. woman narrative editors and reporters want to present to the public. Well, sometimes life is a little messy and the big picture more complicated than the pitch. Now that voters are paying attention, let’s see if those covering this race actually cover the race.
While this sucks for Chris, the coverage of the failure to cover his campaign is an advance for Libertarian candidates, because it says that the mainstream is beginning to think about expanding its definition of, well, mainstream.