What’s the deal with the media avoiding the ever-intriguing Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders?
“ABC World News Tonight” has given Donald Trump 81 minutes of free national coverage.
Guess how much they gave to Sanders?
In contrast to Trump’s 81 minutes, the ABC news show gave a wussy 20 seconds to Bernie, the man running against Hillary Clinton.
Sanders wrote about the issue in an email to his supporters:
“It’s no shock to me that big networks, which are controlled by a handful of large corporations, have barely discussed our campaign and the important issues we are bringing up.”
“They’re just too busy covering Donald Trump.”
The issue isn’t simply a matter of giving away free advertising, the lopsided coverage lets the media set the country’s agenda:
“We can’t allow the corporate media to set the agenda. We have got to get the real issues out there…”
“I’ve always been interested in media and have always been concerned that corporate media doesn’t really educate people in this country. They refuse to talk about the serious issues facing our country.”
“This is what the corporate media is all about: more Americans support our campaign than Trump’s according to recent polls, but still ABC’s news program has spent 81 minutes on Trump and only 20 seconds talking about us.”
“NBCNightly News only spent 2.9 minutes covering our campaign. CBS? They spent six minutes.”
Sanders is convinced his political revolution will happen with or without television coverage:
“The point is: our political revolution certainly will not be televised. It’s more important than ever for us to hold the large corporations that control the media accountable.”
Just imagine how well Sanders would be doing in the polls with balanced media coverage.