After it had been revealed that Bernie Sanders has gotten 1/30th of the coverage that Donald Trump has received on the network news, the Sanders campaign issued a statement calling on the corporate news to give Sanders the same coverage as other candidates.
The Sanders campaign said in a statement:
Sen. Bernie Sanders has made big gains in Iowa, leads most New Hampshire polls and fares better than Hillary Clinton in general election matchups against Donald Trump and other Republican White House hopefuls.
But the insurgent campaign that has drawn the biggest crowds on the presidential campaign trail has been all but ignored on the flagship television network newscasts, according to Tyndall Report, which tracks nightly news coverage by NBC, CBS and ABC.
“The corporately-owned may not like Bernie’s anti-establishment views but for the sake of American democracy they must allow for a fair debate in this presidential campaign,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “Bernie must receive the same level of coverage on the nightly news as other leading candidates.”
There is no objective metric that the media can use to justify their blackout of his campaign. Sanders polls equal to or better Trump. Sen. Sanders beats Trump in potential head to head election matchups. Sen. Sanders has consistently drawn bigger crowds than any other candidate. Sanders is a legitimate presidential contender, yet he is being ignored by the corporate network news.
The explanation is that Sanders is a threat to the billionaires and corporations who own the networks. The corporate press has convinced itself that America is a conservative nation that has no interest in liberal politics, and that voters are too stupid to care about the issues. Both of these self-serving fallacies allow the corporate press to treat news like entertainment while devoting most of their political airtime to politicians who will serve their pro-corporate agenda.
The corporate network news’ treatment of Sen. Sanders is proof of the pro-conservative bias that has overtaken the nightly news broadcasts. Both Sanders and Clinton supporters have long suspected pro-Republican bias, and the nightly news neglect of Bernie Sanders has proven that their suspicions were both accurate and true.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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