Not enough attention?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

One of the candidates for the Republican nomination for president is complaining that the presidential candidates are not getting enough attention.

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, is far down the list in name recognition among competing candidates but his criticism of the news media is not just about coverage of his own campaign. He is critical of the lack of coverage of the candidates in general.

"One of the frustrations is that there is more attention on Britney Spears getting out of a car without underwear than there is about who is going to be the next president," said Huckabee. "That is something that we as candidates don't control."

We agree that national media, particularly broadcast media, pay too much attention to celebrities but Huckabee is on shaky ground in claiming that he and his political rivals do not receive adequate attention.

The start of the candidate selection process of the major parties, the Iowa caucuses in January, is seven months away, and the election is about a year and five months away. Many people are already getting tired of the attention being paid to the large herd of candidates.

Those who want to know about candidates can visit websites for information.

If Huckabee wants more personal media attention, we have a suggestion. If he can show during a public appearance that he is not wearing underwear, that would likely result in more media attention for him.