First time I’ve seen the Catch-22 issue raised by a large media organization (albeit a publicly-funded one), damn shame the free market major media aren’t as honest:
Little is said about the Libertarians, the Greens, the ideological alternatives, the folks who have diminished or no faith in Democrats and Republicans. These candidates, and their supporters, express over and over again their frustration with the lack of coverage from the media, including NPR. And their complaints are valid.
The answer they usually hear is that why cover these candidates, when they are not raising much money or performing well in the polls. Yet how can they ever be a factor, their supporters argue, when the media are not covering them? It’s the ultimate Catch 22.
Of course, as a free market advocate who sees this an entry for competing with the media on the Internet, I’m more than happy that they are losing their audience to blogs and online publications.