ABC, Facebook in conflict with their own data in excluding Kucinich from debate Candidate met with supporters at St. Anselm at 6:30 p.m.
MANCHESTER, NH – As complaints keep pouring in to ABC News regarding the network's decision to exclude Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich from tonight's Democratic Presidential debate, the most recent data from ABC and co-sponsor Facebook show Kucinich ahead of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who was invited to participate.
Kucinich, according to Facebook's own figures, ranks fourth in popularity among Facebook members. In the latest ABC News Poll, Kucinich ranked ahead of Richardson. And, Kucinich has won more than a dozen major on-line polls and post-debate surveys, including one conducted by ABC News.
"Based on arbitrary criteria, ABC is excluding the one Democratic Presidential candidate whose record and whose positions on the major issues of the day – the war in Iraq, health care reform, trade policies, environmental inititatives – clearly set him apart from the rest of the field," the Kucinich campaign said in a statement today. "Beyond that, ABC and Facebook are ignoring their own data, which show Kucinich ahead of Gov. Richardson. Those two sets of facts should call into question whether there are undisclosed reasons why the Congressman has been excluded."
ABC News | Facebook Election Pulse (Presidential Supporters)
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· Based on number of supporters each candidate has on Facebook ** ABC News/Facebook National GOP and Democratic Primary polls respectively among leaned Republican primary voters and leaned Democratic primary voters (+/- 4.5% margin of error). Reported Dec. 19, 2007. More info here.
The Kucinich campaign filed an emergency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday claiming that the ABC television network "is violating its obligation to operate in the public interest" by excluding Kucinich. The complaint further charges that the event "is not a true presidential primary debate without including all credible candidates, but instead is effectively an endorsement of the candidates selected by ABC." The filing also notes that ABC "is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walt Disney, Co., whose executives have contributed heavily to other Democratic presidential primary candidates, including Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, former Senator John Edwards, and Governor Bill Richardson."
"ABC still has time to reverse its decision, live up to its obligations under the Federal Communications Act, and provide the voters of New Hampshire and the entire nation with the diversity of political viewpoints that the public demands and deserves," the campaign said. "Otherwise, the troubling cloud over this event is more likely to grow than to dissipate."