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Letter: Media are ignoring political change

To the Editor:

Kevin Terrell's frustration with the media is warranted. During the Independence Party-endorsed Senate candidate’s dozens of appearances and issue discussions, reporters failed to bring another valid political view into the Franken-McFadden senate coverage.

It seems reporters have lost their edge in identifying newsworthy candidates and potential political and social solutions.

It is both mindless and exciting to cover horserace news stories — and you really can't get it wrong when all you report is who is ahead. The culture within the media supports this as well. It takes more effort to do it better.

But the premise to bring another party and their candidate’s viewpoint exists. During the county fair campaigns, the IP had a voting box set up and asked if the two-party system is working. It is not just that the votes are 10:1 in stating that it does not work for them, but the disdain on their faces when they read the question.

I tell the fair voters when the “yes” box is fuller than the “no” box, and then I get to go home.

Most all of us involved in the IP have busy lives and could fill our time doing many other things. But we are a party that is compelled to get out and climb this mountain, build a platform that changes the business model of government, bring a bit more freedom to individuals and tap into the entrepreneurism and innovation of the practitioners of the economy.

People want us — or something other than the entrenched parties — to succeed; they are looking … and the media is looking away.

The IP has not found the right path yet, but is not far off. And every new movement, idea, concept and political party that ever was, was exactly where the IP is today.

And unlike many media reporters that show up late, give a quick glance around and write another horse race story, I am confident the IP party will at least get up into the foothills of that mountain in November and live another day to climb higher.

Tim Gieseke

Roseville, Minnesota

Tim Gieseke is the Independence Party’s lieutenant governor candidate running with Hannah Nicollet for governor.