Okay, I have something to argue with PBS about. We are discussing the electoral college right now in my US history class and one of my students posted this article on third parties.
My problem is this paragraph:
The most successful of the third parties in any one election was the Reform Party, which in 1992 nominated Texas billionaire Ross Perot as its candidate for president. Perot ran on a platform that advocated reducing the federal budget deficit, an issue previously ignored in elections but one that would become a major part of almost every presidential campaign since. Perot received 19 percent of the vote.
Do you see what annoys me? Not the information about the 1992 election - which is correct - but the stated fact that the most successful third party showing was Perot's in 1992. What about TR's 27% of the vote in 1912 that included electoral votes! (88 to be exact). Agh!! Get your facts right people!
They do mention that Lincoln's win in 1860, while as a Repulican, was technically third party, as the Whigs and the Democrats were the current "two parties." I like that PBS was discussing third parties and why we are a two party system, but wrong facts drive me nuts!