Libertarian Senate Candidate John Jay Myers Files A Complaint With the FCC, Will Still Not Be Debating Tomorrow Night

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Myers, from his Facebook page

A few weeks back we told you about John Jay Myers, the Free Man-owning, big government-distrusting Libertarian candidate for Senate, who believes he's being unfairly excluded from a Belo debate that will feature his two major-party competitors. After a small protest in front of WFAA's Young Street headquarters failed to convince the TV station to allow Myers to enter the debate, he announced today that he's filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

The complaint letter (news of which was broken by Robert Wilonsky) runs some four pages, and calls WFAA's standards for debate inclusion "subjective, inconsistent, and biased."

Previously, Myers also accused WFAA of downplaying his protest of the station in their own news coverage. He also pointed out that they appear to have added a sixth condition to the supposedly ironclad five bullet-point list they used in a letter to his campaign manager.

The five original criteria required that in order to take part in the debate, a candidate has to have received "significant levels of public support"; "substantial campaign contributions from varied sources"; have gotten a "significant level of votes" in prior comparable elections; will be reported by news agencies in election night returns; and has to have received "significant news coverage" from a "wide range of media outlets."

Yet in WFAA's own brief staff report on the protest, there was suddenly a sixth condition added to the list: "Has previously held significant public office(s)." In an email to WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo and anchor Brad Watson, which he CC'ed to the Observer, Myers cried foul.

"Your latest article about our protest wasn't posted on your Facebook page. Could have been oversight. Doubtful," he wrote. "Also the original link didn't link to your home page...
You added a bullet point to your 'standard' bullet points that you use 'every time.' Which is funny cause your 5 solid criteria are now 6. Again, you failed to mention, or actually lied to say that Ted Cruz meets all of your bullet points. You also said that I don't meet any of your bullet points. I would argue that is not true."

Myers concluded by asking Mungo if the station was, in his words, "really going to dump journalistic integrity down the toilet to stop a small third party candidate? This is your career, you would think you would take it seriously. Do you realize Rand Paul wouldn't have met most of your criteria?"

The letter to the FCC mentions the addition of that new condition, concluding that the station "has provided inapplicable, unmeasurable, arbitrary, and inconsistently applied debate criteria. WFAA has made no attempt to give objective metrics so campaigns, regulators, and the general public can be aware of how candidates were selected for their debate." WFAA, Myers adds, "has sided with the two parties it favors and offered empty criteria only to create the illusion of legitimacy."

"We are just hoping that the next time Brad Watson tries to exclude legitimate candidates he thinks twice," Myers told me in an email. "The next targets of our press release will be their advertisers.

"Think about this: prior to the debate where Ron Paul debated Rudy Giuliani, how much of a base did he have? After that debate a virtual revolution was started. By not including us in the debates Watson is cutting off our chances of actually changing politics as usual in this country."

It's unlikely, however, that politics as usual will change in time for the first debate, which is scheduled for tomorrow. A follow-up is planned for the 19th. On Facebook, the Myers campaign is still fundraising, hoping to buy some T.V. ad time. We wonder if it'll be on channel 8.

John Jay Myers Complaint Letter to the FCC


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14 comments
YoYo
YoYo

"Now, Channel 8 has its reasons, among ‘em whether or not a candidate’s gotten 15 percent in the polls or “received significant news coverage from a wide range of media outlets.”

 

I guess the Dallas Observer's coverage is not significant in Mr. Belo's eyes... LOL.

SteveHowerton
SteveHowerton

A libertarian using an "equal opportunity" provision, which he would otherwise opposed, when it benefits him. How's that for principles?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Hey, republicans.  If you're not happy with Mitt "The Zinger" Romney, vote a third-party.

ceepee
ceepee

John Jay's biggest problem is himself. Ever stop to consider that Belo just doesn't like him? 

nicmart
nicmart

He proves again that a Libertarian is not necessarily a libertarian. LP members have hijacked the term libertarian but not the philosophy.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

It's a damn shame.  If you haven't heard Myers speak, you're missing out on a serious and original thinker.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

 @SteveHowerton A media that uses a system of airwaves that they have a monopoly on given through government then excluding the opinions of those who would oppose them gives us reason. Sometimes you have play the hand you are dealt. After all, roads are not private but yet amazingly every day I drive on them. I pay taxes, how is that for principles? I mean seriously.How about we start with where we are and work our way from there.  

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

 @ceepee Or that no one cares? Hometown "protest" and he can't even get a dozen of his friends to turnout-- what does he think would happen on ballot day? What a clown.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

 @ObserverHatesFacts  @ceepee Casey Pierce, who cares if Belo "likes" us. That isn't really the point is it? Haters gotta hate.Observer hates facts... wouldn't the fact that we have pictures of that day with 22 people in them make you seem like someone in need of facts? Not sure what your problem is, whether you just love wars, or banks or telling people how to live their lives, but it seems like you have a lot of ad hominem attacks and nothing to back them up. 

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

 @ObserverHatesFacts So you really don't understand why I am running, I get it. You don't strike me as the kind of person who would. Anyway, I don't argue with nameless people on the internet, there is no point in it.  Have a fun day.

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

 @JohnJay24 I am not talking about anyone other than you and your whiny "whoah is me" campaign.

 

I am a little dose of reality.  I'm trying to help you. You seem delusional. 

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

 @ObserverHatesFacts  Why don't you stop trying to stand in the way of dissenting opinion, why don't you stop hiding behind an ignorant pseudo-name? Twenty two people is a fine turn out during a hot lunch in downtown Dallas. Is it the wars you love so much? Because neither Sadler or Cruz is willing to cut a dime in military spending. Are you just for throwing people in jail over something as stupid as pot? Because both Cruz and Sadler want to maintain that kind of control over your life. Our media trying to limit opinion is why we are so screwed right now. Here is a video of me in Austin in front of 400 excited students about the very voter fraud you are trying to perpetuate:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8_OKKe5dtg Why don't you concern yourself more with the platform of the candidates than your opinion of their odds of winning. If more people did that, America would be a far better place. But....... haters gotta hate.  

ObserverHatesFacts
ObserverHatesFacts

 @JohnJay24  @ceepee Oh sorry. 22 people! Shit! You're clearly the next anointed one with all that support. 

 

22 whole people! I can't believe the conspiracy to hide this massive rally. 

 

Seriously. Stop wasting your cash and get another hobby. Or try running for something for which 22 votes(23 including yourself of course) might actually get you elected.

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