"MSM" prejudice against Republican blacks, yeah, really?
You think that the relative lack of attention paid to them might not have had more to do with the fact that none of 'em seemed remotely close to winning all the way through to late October?
I mean, Swann and Blackwell have been behind in the polls in double digits
all the way since last June - since the beginning basically. Why would
anyone have paid them much attention? Steele meanwhile has made an impressive breakthrough just in the last week, two weeks - but he, too, was down over 5%, usually even 10%, in most polls all the way from April until that time.
Ford, on the other hand, was never much more
than 5% behind in the polls, all the way from May till just last week.
Considering how far back these numbers go, I dont think this is a question of chicken and egg. The media paid attention to the candidate who actually appeared to have a shot, and much less attention to those who had been trailing by double digits from the very start. What else would you have excepted them to do?