The Commission on Presidential Debates who coordinate them decide to obey to this pathetic whitewashing entirely. But there is no reason for them to: only their own pre-set guidelines of candidate inclusion which, perversely, make the opportunity for the candidates who are not the Democrat and Republican to participate an impossibility, due to their deliberate and systemic unacknowledgment by the very same media. I have emailed the media representatives of the Commission:
I am contacting you to join many others in expressing my dissatisfaction and disappointment with the Commission of Presidential Debates' exclusion of the Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein from October's presidential debates (as well as that of of their respective running mates Judge Jim Gray and Cheri Honkala from the vice-presidential debates). The candidates are being excluded despite their eligibility and hypothetical mathematical possibility to win the election. The Commission should at least consider the inclusion of Gov. Johnson, given the fact he has major ballot access and has polling numbers on par with that of H. Ross Perot, who was allowed to debate with then President Bush and Gov. Bill Clinton in the 1992 election campaign.
The Commission claims itself to be non-profit organization without bias and in informative journalistic service. If so, then it should not limit the prism and openness of the national debate in evident partiality to the two main parties. Such exclusion, in my view, is in totally lax abandon of journalistic integrity and democratic legitimacy. The media in any free society should challenge power; not adhere to its dictated wishes. A number of your sponsors who have withdrawn their financial support of your activities appear to have the same view. I suggest their sentiments are heeded in accordance to the freedom of speech the American people deserve. How can it be justified to exclude such candidates based upon an arbitrary set of standards they are implicitly impeded from achieving by such inbuilt censorship of their views to a national audience?
Whether or not we personally agree with candidates like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein to whatever extent is irrelevant. I encourage anyone, anywhere in the world, who cares about freedom of expression, do to the same accordingly. The emphasis of and by many people on the narrow prism of the debates may at least convince them to modify their lack of openness.