Jun 30 2000

FAIR Activists Win Increased Online Coverage of Nader

FAIR’s June 22 action alert, “Nader Left Out of Media Websites,” generatedwell over a thousand activist letters to mainstream news websites, urgingthem to include Ralph Nader, the leading third party presidential candidate,in their election coverage. Since then, many of the sites FAIR named in itsalert have changed some of their election pages to include Nader.

Below are details on which sites have changed their coverage as of June 30:

CBSNews.com:The “Decision 2000” page(http://cbsnews.cbs.com/now/section/0,1636,250-412,00.shtml) has addedNader to its “Follow the Dollar” section, but he’s still absent from the “Correspondent’s Handbook” (accessible from the main “Decision 2000” page)and “Where They Stand” (http://cbsnews.cbs.com/now/story/0,1597,152014-412,00.shtml) sections.

CNN.com:Nader has been added to CNN’s page of candidates (accessible from their”Election 2000″ page, www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/ ), but not to themore substantive “Where They Stand” page:www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/resources/where.they.stand/index.html.

MSNBC.com:MSNBC has added Nader to its “Candidate Profiles,” accessible from the main”Decision 2000″ page: www.msnbc.com/news/POLITICS_Front.asp.

Time.com:Nader is still not listed under the “Time profiles the candidates” section:www.time.com/time/daily/special/election/

New York Times/ABC News “Political Points”:This site now lists Nader in its “Candidates” section (accessible throughthe “Resources” link):http://abcnews.go.com/onair/PoliticalPoints/000628_politicalpoints/

*NOTE: The New York Times has its own web pages on the election which areseparate from the “Political Points” page maintained jointly by the New YorkTimes and ABC News. FAIR’s original action alert addressed “PoliticalPoints”–not the Times’ own pages.

You can view the main New York Times page on the presidential elections,”The 2000 Campaign: White House,” at:http://www10.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/whouse/index.html .

This page lists George Bush, Al Gore and Alan Keyes in its main candidatelist, along with a link to an “Independents and 3rd Parties” page whichlists the other presidential candidates, including Nader.

As of June 30, the Times’ “In Their Own Words” section includes Bush andGore, along with Pat Buchanan, John McCain and Bill Bradley, but not Nader:www10.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/whouse/wh-itow-index.html.

The Times’ page on “Policy Positions” includes only Gore and Bush:www10.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/whouse/policy.html.


FAIR’s June 22 Action Alert, “Nader Left Out of Media Websites,” incorrectlyreferred to the New York Times’ “Political Navigator” pageas the New York Times/ABC News “Political Points” site. The confusion arosein part because the “Navigator” page is accessed through a link labeled”Political Points” on the New York Times index page.

At the time of our original alert, the Times’ “Political Navigator” page didnot list Nader; it now does, as our June 30 Activism Update noted. The NewYork Times/ABC News “Political Points” page added Nader to its list of candidates before our alert.