LeAlan Jones Challenges NBC “Black-out”

US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones (IL-Green Party) is getting shut out of NBC’s scheduled “debate” on October 10 on Meet the Press between his two opponents Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias. Despite growing support and growing fund raising, apparently Meet the Press does not plan to include Mr. Jones.

Jones’ campaign released this letter to NBC:

September 20, 2010

Steve Capus
NBC News
30 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10112

Dear Mr Capus,

I am writing you in regards to your October 10th debate between Illinois U.S. Senate candidates Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias on your program “Meet The Press.” Despite repeated attempts by my campaign staff to contact someone from the program, we have been ignored.

I am no minor candidate. As the only African-American running this historically African-American U.S. Senate seat, I have been polling as high as 14% with 30% in Illinois’ sizable African-American community. These are unprecedented levels for a Green Party candidate in a federal campaign.

And yet, your network is deliberately excluding me from this debate while it has been eager to cover the Tea Party and their “all-American” candidates.

So I ask you straight: does NBC believe it can shut out young, minority, low-income voices from its airwaves?

If this is a matter of good television, I can assure you my presence in this debate would be great television. As you may know, I am still, to this day, the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for my radio documentaries on NPR.

Most importantly, NBC must fulfill its public obligation to include voices beyond the corporate mainstream. The public own the airwaves and we can take them back. I encourage you to include me in the October 10th debate in the name of real democracy and freedom.

You can contact my media team at 312-94-JONES or media@lealanforsenate.com.


LeAlan Jones
U.S. Senate candidate
Green Party of Illinois

Ronald Hardy


  1. I think that there is no doubt that Jones belongs in the debate, the Greens are established as major party in Illinois and he is polling relatively well, so he belongs in that. Being said I wish he would of left the race issue its distracts from the main reasons that he should be in the debate. The reason Jones was left out of the debate has no more due with him being black then Jerry Kohn being left out the debate between Obama and Keyes in 2004 had to due with him being white. The only colored that matters in him being left out is Green.

    How is Jones’ fund raising going anyway? Has he released any new numbers? He, even more so than Whitney, really needs to kick up his fund raising.

  2. The newest Rasmussen poll could be blow to Jones attempt to get in the debates, I still think he belongs in since the Greens are a ballot established party, but it give Met the Press and others a screen to hide behind.

    Kirk: 44% [41%, 45%]

    Giannouolias: 41% [37%, 45%]

    Jones: 4% [9%, N/A]

    Other: 4% [5%, 3%]

    Unsure: 8% [9%, 8%]

    The numbers in the brackets are the results from the last two polls.

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