Rural America Votes - Founder’s Letter
It has always been the goal of RFD-TV to cover national political elections from the “rural” perspective. In our opinion, the urban-based news organizations simply are not familiar and thus do not understand the issues that are so important to rural Americans and those involved in agriculture. Questions are rarely asked and the candidates avoid having to develop and/or address their policies in any detail, despite the fact that Iowa and other rural states hold many of the first primaries.
In past years leading up to the elections, RFD-TV had neither the news organization, nor the budget, to properly support such a political effort. Fortunately, we now have both. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I am proud to announce RFD-TV’s entry into providing political news and programming that is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America.
This effort will begin with a series of RURAL TOWN HALL specials where each and every presidential candidate will be invited to appear to present their policies on the major issues facing rural America, while taking questions from the audience and RFD-TV viewers. I firmly believe that such a format will be interesting to rural viewers in all 50 states because we share so many of the same challenges – rural development, rural education, rural healthcare – no matter what crops are grown or the livestock raised. Of equal importance, I believe that this program will go a long way to help educate our urban neighbors and the urban media about rural issues, advancing an understanding of how we must all work together to take this country to its full potential while securing a safe, and plentiful, food supply for the future.
One thing that I want to stress about RFD-TV’s political coverage. There will be no bias allowed by anyone associated with our news division. We cannot be viewed as Republican or Democrat. Liberal or Conservative. Our one and only goal is to represent the interests of rural America. All of rural America. Every candidate will be extended an invitation, and all viewpoints are welcome. I believe that, if given all the facts in a constructive format, RFD-TV’s audience is smart enough to make up their own minds.
And, there will be no arguing, or people talking over each other. Candidates will be treated with respect. RURAL TOWN HALL is intended to be a positive experience that actually lifts the level of discussion where real solutions can be found for the benefit of all.
Together, we can, and will, make a difference in 2016.
Founder & President, Rural Media Group