New data show "Sanders received not only the least total coverage, but the most negative."
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For months, many have suspected that MSNBC hasn’t been particularly fair to Bernie’s campaign — and now a new investigation provides some important context and data.
In a detailed story looking at MSNBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2020 race, In These Times reports:
The coverage quickly revealed a pattern. Over the two months, these six programs focused on Biden, often to the exclusion of Warren and Sanders. Sanders received not only the least total coverage (less than one-third of Biden’s), but the most negative.
As to the substance, MSNBC’s reporting revolved around poll results and so-called electability…Critiques of Biden were subsumed by positive coverage, presenting him as the safest, strongest choice to take on Trump…Only a few of the 240 episodes discussed Biden’s reliance on big-dollar donations, and none singled out his fundraising from industries such as healthcare and banking that have a strong interest in current policy debates.
Media critic Adam Johnson notes that the new data did not count other more “consistently anti-Sanders” shows and so the data is “almost certainly an undercount.”
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