The Economist, an influential highbrow news magazine (and one of the few magazines that I bother subscribing to) ran an opinion piece on the Barr campaign in this week’s print issue. As you would come to expect from reading the news coverage so far, the column is full of factual errors and outdated stereotypes (e.g. the main division in the LP is between between a radical “gun wing” versus a radical “drug wing”. Take heart, radicals! Most people still don’t know that we even have pragmatists at all!). The piece is also heavily focused on the “spoiler” storyline, like most other mainstream coverage.
However, there is some positive coverage of Barr’s poll numbers and the percentage of Americans who self-identify as “libertarian”. Also, the fact that the Economist is giving exposure to the LP at all is probably a positive thing. Ron Paul got a couple of paragraphs worth of side note during the GOP primaries months back, but to my knowledge this is the first time in its history that the Economist has run a full-page feature on the Libertarian Party. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, etc.