Candidate ‘erased’ from Chicago Tribune story?

 
A new twist on the old philosophical question might be “If a candidate speaks at a debate, but the media does not report it, did it really happen?”

Readers of the Chicago Tribune who expected to see a fair representation of the IL-8th Congressional District’s first candidate debate will be left to ponder this question, while having to turn elsewhere for reliable information.

Candidate ‘erased’ from Tribune story?

A new twist on the old philosophical question might be “If a candidate speaks at a debate, but the media does not report it, did it really happen?”

Readers of the Chicago Tribune who expected to see a fair representation of the IL-8th Congressional District’s first candidate debate will be left to ponder this question, while having to turn elsewhere for reliable information.

The Northwest Suburban Association for Commerce and Industry (NSACI) hosted the private debate on Aug. 24, in Hoffman Estates.

Despite the guiding hand of veteran journalist Dick Kay, who gave equal coverage and respect to all three candidates, the Tribune virtually ignored the participation of independent candidate Bill Scheurer, in favor of incumbent Democratic candidate Melissa Bean and Republican David McSweeney.

“The 15,000 voters who signed the petition to put my name on the ballot and the 300,000 voters who must choose a congressional representative this fall deserve much better,” Scheurer said.

The Tribune dismissed the independent candidate’s hard-won place on the November ballot and his independent Moderate Party’s stand on a wide range of working family issues with a one-sentence reference: “Independent anti-Iraq war candidate Bill Scheurer also participated in the debate.”

“It was as if the Tribune used a media filter to ‘erase’ me from this three-way debate.” Scheurer said. “How can voters make a real choice if a major news organization withholds information about that choice?”

Meanwhile, Scheurer praised NSACI’s handling of the event.

“NSACI set the bar high with Dick Kay and his standard of professionalism and impartiality at this debate,” he said.

Four more debates have been scheduled with the three candidates. Several other invitations (including live TV debates) are pending.

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