VA Conservative on MSNBC

On Monday evening, MSNBC’s Daily Rundown aired a segment on Robert Sarvis and his Libertarian Party run to be Virginia’s next governor.  During the piece, they displayed several photos including this one:

MSNBC When I saw this image, I had to watch the clip a second time.  Sure enough, they borrowed this picture from this blog, from my article on August 18th entitled “Sarvis’ Valley Adventure in Pictures“.

Then, he spoke on the steps of the Rockingham County Courthouse.

Normally, seeing one of my photos on a major news source would make me quite excited.  However, MSNBC did not attribute this photo to me nor did they seek my permission.  I’m fairly certain that if the roles had been reversed, if I had used something that their station had created without proper citation, there would be cries of “plagiarism” and I would be facing a horde of lawyers brandishing cease and desist orders or a lawsuit of some kind or another.

Yesterday morning, I contacted MSNBC with this concern but, other than being given an email address that I sent a letter, 24 hours later, I still have no reply.  Today, I posted my disappointment to their Twitter account.  I don’t think requesting a simple mention is that onerous of a request.

If there are any new developments in this story, you can find the updates here.

Spin Away A Win

In yesterday’s California straw poll Ron Paul won a commanding victory capturing almost as many votes as Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann combined.  The final vote totals are as such:

Ron Paul 374 votes or 44.9%

Rick Perry 244 votes or 29.3%

Mitt Romney 74 votes or 8.8%

Michele Bachmann 64 votes or 7.7%

The rest of the candidates finished with less than twenty votes apiece.

Given how the media has been hyping the results of previous straw polls you’d think that this one would be a big deal as well.  Although the various outlets are reporting this poll, a few are also quick to dismiss the impact of this particular poll.  For example, Politico reported that “it was not a prize that most campaigns were organizing for” and “Paul camp had brought in busloads of people to vote.”  Fox News repeated Politico’s earlier line in their story while MSNBC attempted to downplay the victory by repeating Politico’s statement that “it was not clear how much effort each of the other candidates put into winning the poll”.

As I stated prior to the Ames poll last month, I don’t take too much stock in straw polls.  None of these votes are binding and should serve primarily to motivate the campaigns, candidates, and activists.  Nevertheless, I believe that the primary point of the major media is to report issues objectively without spinning the issue to favor their cause or candidate.  Facts are facts, but when the media masquerades their opinions as if they were truth, one does have to question their ability to report without bias.  Of course, one can see a long history of such actions with even with the most superficial of glances at the 2007/08 campaign season.

Now, you might argue that I’m operating under a double standard here, but I’ve been quite clear time and time again that my choice for president is Dr. Paul.  Any article that I write concerning this issue should be viewed with the knowledge that it is crafted through a pro-Paul lens.

I congratulate Ron Paul and his campaign for their victory in California yesterday.  I hope that they are able to use that win to increase fundraising, activism, and excitement for the effort.  Although it is not a monumental victory, one should not completely dismiss it either.  Paul and his supporters are a growing force in the political dialogue.

But, then again, that’s just my 2¢.