Libertarian Candidate Accuses Montana Media Of ‘Poor Coverage and Bias’
Libertarian Mark Wicks is running against Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, but he says a lack of media coverage of his campaign is making for a tough political fight.
“Well I think they have been doing a real poor job,” said Wicks. “I had a really good performance in the debates. People have been really excited about it, but Sunday morning you had to read to the very end of the newspaper article to even find out I was there. People didn’t even know what happened. Three out of the four commentators at the end said I had the win for the debate.”
Wicks believes that an entrenched bias is swaying media away from covering him properly.
“I think it is the two party bias,” Wicks said. “They are protecting the parties. It is hard to get around and hard to get articles ran or even get asked my opinion on stuff. They ask the other two candidates and gloss over me.”
Wicks isn’t alone in his grievances with Montana’s treatment of third party campaigns. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the green party bid to get on the ticket and, historically, no third party has had success in attaining a major office in Montana.