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Why Isn’t the Media Feeling the Bern?

Polls show that Bernie Sanders would trounce Donald Trump, but you’d never know that from watching TV news.

Jim Hightower

Let’s go to the scoreboard to see who’s winning the exciting presidential election media coverage game.

The Tyndall Report, a non-partisan media monitoring firm that has been tracking the nightly news broadcasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC, found that Trump is tromp, tromp, tromping over the airtime of everyone else.

From last January through November, these dominant flagship news shows devoted 234 minutes of prime-time coverage to the incessant chirping of the yellow-crested birdbrain, with no other contender getting even a fourth of that.

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Take Bernie Sanders, who’s stunning the political establishment with a fiery populist campaign that’s drawing record crowds. Indeed, Sanders’ upstart campaign is commanding a comparable share of support within the Democratic Party’s voting base to what Trump is enjoying from the Republican electorate.

And — get this — polls also show Bernie trouncing The Donald if they face each other in November’s presidential showdown. So surely he’s getting a proportional level of media coverage by the networks on our public airwaves, right?

Ha, just kidding! The big networks’ devotion of 234 minutes to all-things-Trump was “balanced” by less than 10 minutes for Sanders. Most egregious was ABC, the Disney-owned network. ABC’s World News Tonight awarded 81 minutes of national showtime to Trump last year — and for Bernie: 20 seconds.

How self-serving of the media moguls. The one candidate who is effectively rallying large numbers of voters to oppose the rise of corporate oligarchy — including in the media — has the plug pulled on him.

Of course, this only amplifies the truth of what Sanders is saying about the villainy of corporate profiteers, and it fuels a greater determination by his millions of grassroots supporters to end the reign of greed in America.

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, and a member of the Public Citizen board.

  • Sandy Steubing

    Yup, the more they dis us the stronger we become. Without jinxing the outcome of Iowa, I am really looking forward to watching the punditry on Feb. 2nd.

  • Peggy James

    Senator Bernie Sanders has all the qualities of a true leader. Bernie is kind, honest, humble, energetic, authentic, intelligent, experienced, and passionate about helping every child succeed in this country, thus building a stronger and brighter USA for future generations. Go to you tube and research Bernie Sanders. Bernie is determined to get “legal bribery” out of our government before they destroy our country.

  • Sam

    What stupid poll are you watching. Bernie couldn’t catch a cold let alone the Donald. True Leader???? !!! He’s a frigging Socialist lady. What attributes of Socialism do we need in this country? More handouts, more poor, illegal and illiterate immigrants? Explain how bringing in these illegals benefit our country as opposed to providing more uninformed voters for Democrats.

    • the_real_Orangutan

      Hello? Sam? This is Reality calling…

  • Joanna Vaughan

    The corporate media couldn’t do a better job of proving Bernie’s points valid. What’ll they do with all the also-rans they’ve been hyping when Senator Sanders cleans their collective clock?