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The following page appeared on the Libertarian Party of New York website.



CNN has never given Gary Johnson a fair shot. At first, CNN refused to include Gov. Johnson in their polls for Republican primaries. After complaints, they included him one time, and he polled higher than Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman. So CNN removed Gov. Johnson from their polling choices. They made a rule that said that only people polling at more than 2% could be in the televised debates. But how could Gov. Johnson meet their thresholds if he was not included in the polls? CNN shut Gary Johnson out of the Republican primary debates.

Now they are at it again! As a Libertarian, Gov. Johnson cannot appear in the national debates unless he polls at least 15%! But once again, CNN refuses to include Gov. Johnson in their polls.

FACT: Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states as a third choice for President.

FACT: Gary Johnson has significant polling numbers in numerous states – between 7% and 12%.

FACT: Gary Johnson is a major factor in the 2012 election, is newsworthy and is a voice that reflects Americans and democracy. The people have a right to know about him.

So why is CNN blacking Gary Johnson out? Is CNN so biased that they want their 2-party candidates to be the only candidates? Will they abandon all journalistic integrity, fundamental fairness and their viewers?

Ask them WHY! Demand that CNN cover Gov. Johnson and include him on the polls. We the People have had enough of this media blackout.

And to show them we mean it, we are going to BLACKOUT CNN!


Protests at CNN Headquarters and Local Stations [July 15 and 16]

Twitter and Social Media Blackout [July 16]

Telephone Blackout [July 16]

Grassroots Fundraiser (aka Money Bomb) [July 15 and 16]


Who: Everyone!

What: Protests at CNN Headquarters (or local stations for those who can’t make

When: July 15 – July 16, 2012. Starts at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 190 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Notes: It’s very important to have as many people as possible at this protest. Publicize this widely – email, Facebook, Craigslist, bulletin boards, local media, etc. No idea is a bad one – get the word out! Bring as many people as you can! This is our one shot to really make a difference and be heard, grassroots style. Bring signs!

We are outraged that CNN would control information and try to pick our candidates for us!



Who: Everyone!

What: Take to Twitter and other social media and call on CNN to include Gov. Johnson

When: July 16, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Eastern

Where: Twitter, Facebook and everywhere!

Notes: The most powerful of these tools is Twitter, followed by Facebook. But all Social Media mentions are welcome! Everyone take to their computers and phones and demand that CNN take notice. We start at 11 and continue all day.

Tweets to: @CNN, @CNNPolitics, @CNNBRK (breaking news)

Hashtag: #BlackoutCNN. Please do not use this tag until July 16 at 11 am EST.

EXAMPLE: “#BlackoutCNN like they have blacked out @GovGaryJohnson ! Include him in your polling @CNN .”

The more we do, the more likely it is that we will be picked up by other media, as well, who will pressure CNN to pay attention!


Who: Everyone!

What: Call CNN and demand that they include Gov. Johnson

When: Beginning July 16, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern (See Schedule)

Where:CNN (404) 827-1500 

Notes: States are paired up to work together for 30 minute intervals. We will work at this EVERYDAY until CNN includes Gov. Johnson, but July 16 is important to make an impact. We are asking for only a few minutes of a lot of people’s time. We need as many people as possible to call.

Stay on the line until you talk to a live person.

Ask to speak to whomever is in charge of polling and debates for the
Presidential Race

Sample script: “I would like for CNN to include Libertarian Nominee Governor Gary Johnson in their polling for the general election because he represents my views on many subjects, ________ being one of them.  Will you please begin including him in your polling?”

If enough people call at once, we can jam their phone lines, which will also get their attention. Libertarians did that to Herman Cain’s radio show, and he included the candidate after that, so this can be very effective.


(All times are listed as Eastern time so adjust for each state’s time accordingly)

9:00 to 9:30am: Florida, Connecticut
9:30 to 10:00 am: Delaware, Georgia
10:00 to 10:30 am: District of Columbia, South Carolina
10:30 to 11:00 am: North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts
11:00 to 11:30 am: Maryland, Alabama
11:30 to 12:00 pm: Pennsylvania, Maryland
12:00 to 12:30pm:New York, New Jersey
12:30 to 1:00 pm: Vermont, Virginia

1:00 to 1:30pm: West Virginia, New Hampshire
1:30 to 2:00 pm: Ohio, Rhode Island
2:00 to 2:30 pm: Mississippi, Illinois
2:30 to 3:00 pm: Michigan, Indiana
3:00 to 3:30 pm: Missouri, Wisconsin
3:30 to 4:00 pm: Louisiana, Arkansas
4:00 to 4:30 pm: Kentucky, Tennessee
4:30 to 5:00 pm: Oklahoma, Iowa
5:00 to 5:30 pm: Kansas, Minnesota
5:30 to 6:00 pm: Texas
6:00 to 6:30 pm:North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
6:30 to 7:00 pm: New Mexico, Montana
7:00 to 7:30 pm: Colorado, Wyoming
7:30 to 8:00 pm: Utah, Arizona
8:00 to 8:30 pm: Idaho, Nevada
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Alaska California
9:00 to 9:30 pm: Hawaii, Oregon, Washington


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Show your support for a candidate who really represents the people. No more elistist-picked, big government candidates! Show CNN that we have the voices and the dollars to support Gov. Johnson and Judge Gray.

Every dollar counts, and is a huge assistance for the campaign. Please donate $10, $25, $50 … up to $2500 per individual towards the campaign. Every dollar we raise shows the media and the two-party establishment that we are fed up with the “choices” they force upon us.