David Schlosser, Libertarian candidate for US Congress in Arizona’s District-1 sent out one of the most badass press releases I’ve seen in a while. I thinkis a good thing:
From: David Schlosser
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 8:23 AM
To: kjohn (@) nytimes.com
Cc: public (@) nytimes.com
Subject: Hey, Kirk, I’m the guy you wrote that story about
How could a bureau chief of the nation’s paper of record write an entire story (“In Southwest, a Shifting Away From Party Ties,” NYT, 24 October 2006, ~1750 words) about independent and third-party voters in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District without talking to the candidate who represents an alternative to the R and D candidates you did talk to? If it weren’t such a flagrant and disgraceful example of poor, lazy reporting, I would think it must be a joke.
As the Libertarian candidate for US Congress in AZ1, I have been advertising on TV since mid-August. I will, by the end of the campaign, participate in at least 10 joint appearances with one or both of the major-party candidates. In the past week alone, I’ve put more than 2,000 miles on my car campaigning through this sprawling district. I have raised nearly $30,000 ““ small by R/D standards, but a record-breaking amount for non-R/non-D candidates in Arizona. I have earned more than 100 mentions in the state’s broadcast and print news media in recent weeks and, on the Libertarian Party’s national candidate tracker, rank in performance/success behind the party’s former Presidential candidate, who has raised more than $300,000 in TX10.
I’m adjunct faculty at the Northern Arizona University School of Communication. According to the departmental rules on grading journalistic writing assignments, this one would have earned you an “F.” I would be more than happy to help remediate this situation by corresponding or visiting with you at your convenience.
With sincere best wishes for your continued success,
Bravo Mr. Schlosser. You might also want to point out that exclusion like this goes beyond mere laziness, it’s actually a violation of the Society of Professional journalist’s highest code of ethics: “Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.”