Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has complained in recent days that he gets very limited coverage in the mainstream media compared to the big names in the 2016 race. Mr. Johnson appears to be 100 percent right. There is a virtual broadcast black-out on the candidate.
A startling new analysis of major network news coverage conducted by the Media Research Center reveals all. Rich Noyes, research director for the conservative press watchdog, examined 1,713 campaign stories that appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC from Jan. 1 all the way through the end of August. Here’s what Mr. Noyes and his team of researchers found.
“Thus far in 2016, Johnson has received a mere 11 seconds of evening news coverage — just a single sentence on the NBC Nightly News as he was formally nominated back in May,” says Mr. Noyes. “That means Clinton has received more than 5,000 times more coverage than Johnson, while Donald Trump garnered nearly 10,000 times more evening news airtime than his Libertarian challenger.”
The broadcast status of other third party hopefuls were also examined by the researchers. They found that conservative independent candidate Evan McMullin got 33 seconds, Green Party nominee Jill Stein three seconds. Yes, three seconds. Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle got no seconds — as in zero coverage on the networks.