When the Florida Press Association invited U.S. Senate candidates to speak to the media at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, They invited 4 US Senatorial candidates to speak, claiming that only those who reached 10% polling in a major pole were invited. Two problems, one it's a lie; Green hasn't reached 10%; and two since the press pays for the major polls, and won’t put any non-career politicians in the polls only those ordained by the press can reach 10%.
Snitker has been claiming that the press won't cover them, and is trying to stop or hide coverage of those who are not career politicians, or billionaires. Evidence of it is clear. Yesterday in a bold move Alex Snitker crashed the Florida Press Association media event. He calmly and coolly requested a chance to be heard, he was escorted out by security. The press' response:
In Fox News' Coverage never mentioned him or the fireworks from Snitker challenging the establishment. http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/sun_coast/top-candidates-for-senate-governor-meet-in-sarasota-061810
The Associate Press coverage had no mention of the event. http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/17/1686686/fla-senate-candidates-talk-federal.html
The New York Times Regional Media Group reporting in the Sarasota Ledger, says Nada, no mention of Snitker. http://www.theledger.com/article/20100617/NEWS/6175080/1001
Sarasota ABC News Channel 7 has video's of the media event, but never even a mention that the historic first time ever on the state ballot Libertarian Candidate was there, and wasn't invited. http://www.mysuncoast.com/Global/story.asp?S=12668696
Local news paper, the Sarasota Herald/Tribune also ignored it. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100618/ARTICLE/6181031/2055/NEWS
Obviously the main stream news not only doesn't want to cover the Libertarian Party, they appear to be suppressing it actively. It looks like the only way they will cover anything besides the Democrats and Republicans is if you’re a sitting governor, or a billionaire. If regular people try to become active in politics and government, the press is obviously against them.
Official Snitker Press Release
Snitker Crashes Press Event, Demands To Be Heard
After being snubbed by the media, Alex Snitker crashes a candidate forum hosted by the Florida Press Association to speak to the assembly.
(Press Release) – Jun 18, 2010 – SARASOTA, FLA - When the Florida Press Association invited U.S. Senate candidates to speak to the media at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, there was one name absent from the list. Charlie Crist, Republican Marco Rubio, and Democrat Kendrick Meek all made the list. Even long-shot Democrat billionaire Jeff Greene was included.
However, Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Snitker was not invited.
But that didn't stop him from crashing the event to ask the FPA why he was excluded. After Marco Rubio finished his 15-minutes at the podium, Snitker stepped to the microphone in the aisle and said, “I'd like to make a statement. I think denying a person who served eight years in the United States Marine Corps defending your right to have this today...is an atrocity.”
Snitker admonished the assembled press, saying, “You keep saying that career politicians are the problem, and you're only going to allow career politicians and a billionaire on stage. You want to talk about the tea party candidate? It's not Marco Rubio – it's Alexander Snitker.”
FPA President Dean Ridings told Snitker that he would not be granted the opportunity to speak and called for security. Shortly thereafter, Snitker was politely escorted from the event by security, with a flock of reporters in tow.
Snitker is the first Libertarian ever to appear on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Florida. The Libertarian Party is fully recognized by the State of Florida, and is the third largest political party in the state.
According to Florida Division of Elections procedures, Snitker's name will appear above Charlie Crist on the ballot, because Crist is running with no party affiliation. In a May poll, Snitker received 12% support in among likely voters familiar with him, Rubio, Crist, Meek.
“The mainstream media has intentionally ignored Alex, despite the groundswell of grassroots support, and despite all our efforts to reach out to them,” said Snitker campaign manager Kelly Lobean. “We've made the decision that we can no longer play by the status quo rules of politics.”
The decision appears to have paid off. Within minutes of Snitker's impromptu speech, tweets were flying among media insiders. Several newspapers and 6-o'clock news programs were running the story, and even the Associated Press had weighed in.
“We're just looking for a level playing field, that's all,” said Adrian Wyllie, campaign media director. “We have called press conferences, sent out dozens of press releases, and spoken with countless TV news producers. If they won't report the news, then we are forced to make the news.”