Saturday, May 12, 2018

Associated Press Lengthy Story About California’s Insurance Commissioner Race Doesn’t Mention the Fourth Ballot-Listed Candidate

Ballot Access News

California elects an Insurance Commissioner as a statewide partisan race on June 5, 2018. There are four candidates on the ballot, two Democrats, one independent, and one member of the Peace & Freedom Party. Here is an Associated Press story about the race. Although the story is very long, it does not mention Nathalie Hrizi, the Peace & Freedom candidate.
The story focuses on the fact that the winner will be the “first” of his type to hold the job, if elected. One of the Democrats is a Muslim; the other is a gay Hispanic. The independent, Steve Poizner, would be the first independent elected to statewide in California. But if Hrizi were elected, she would be California’s first woman Insurance Commissioner.
The story is an example of the extreme reluctance of the mainstream California media to mention any minor party candidates. Because they are perceived as having no chance to place first or second in June, they are not covered at all. There have been quite a few televised debates for California statewide candidates this season, but no minor party candidate has been invited into any televised debate.

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