Chalk up another publicity win for the little independent candidate that could — Kinky Friedman, 2006 candidate for Texas governor, is getting his own reality show on Country Music Television:
“Go Kinky,” airing on Country Music Television, follows Friedman, an independent candidate, on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.
[…] As long as CMT doesn’t support Friedman’s candidacy for governor or does not intend to do so, the show wouldn’t fall under Texas law as a political contribution, Sorrells said.
On one hand, I’m glad to see an independent candidate getting so much media play, even if his views don’t totally jibe with libertarianism. On the other hand, I have to be more than a little skeptical of this kind of free publicity, since this could easily be construed as a free season-long political ad for a specific candidate.
Hopefully CMT will be objective in their embedded coverage of the campaign and show the good with the bad, while also giving the public a glimpse of how political campaigns operate (I’ll be taking notes, of course).