As we’ve mentioned before, some websites seem to have trouble keeping up with who is running for office in Texas. These errors and omissions seem particularly common when it involves forgetting to list a Libertarian, even when the Republican challenger is not even on the ballot. For example:
- The New York Times Election Guide does not list the Texas CD-22 race, even though he is one of only two ballot qualified candidates. It does, however, list the write-in campaign of the “Hyphen Lady.” in
- MSNBC also can’t seem to figure out who is running, though they don’t even know that the Republican party picked “Hyphen Lady.” This blame can be , the content partner that “powers” the MSNBC site.
If you’d like to bring these errors to the attention of the media organizations who made them, you can write to email@example.com, GeneralComments@feedback.msnbc.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: I actually did some in-depth investigating into this today and called several national media organizations to find out if there was even a lame explanation for this oversight. If you look at their election coverage, you’ll notice with the exception of a stray independent campaign (notably in TX and CT), there’s only the two major parties represented in any race… period.
Washington Post (feedback form): Republican & Democrat only, did not call back.
New York Times (email@example.com) Republican & Democrat only,
RealClearPolitics (firstname.lastname@example.org) powers (email@example.com): Republican & Democrat only, claims technical formatting reasons, yet they list 4 in TX Gov
CNN (feedback form): Republican & Democrat only, refused comment
Wall Street Journal House, Gubernatorial & Senate (firstname.lastname@example.org): Republican & Democrat only, did not call
Are third party voters on our way to becoming unpersons?