Sen. Bernie Sanders is arguably the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination following his New Hampshire victory, so it might be shocking that the liberal MSNBC is getting criticized for its “antagonistic” protection of the democratic socialist from Vermont. Some critics really feel progressive MSNBC hosts and pundits want a reasonable Democrat, and supply a laundry listing of examples from the first race thus far.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews recently bashed former Mayor Pete Buttigieg for “not eager to offend” Sanders supporters, and MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd was accused of utilizing “journalistic sleights of hand” to insult Sanders supporters, the identical group he known as a part of a “digital brown shirt brigade” throughout a separate phase.
Final week, Matthews declared “Bernie Sanders is just not going to be president of the USA” and MSNBC host Joy Reid has stated it will be “true” if President Trump used assault advertisements in opposition to Sanders that concentrate on him praising Fidel Castro, warning that he wouldn’t have an opportunity in Florida throughout the normal election in consequence.
“There are just a few individuals who, for no matter cause, whether or not they’re proper or flawed, are simply not going to vote for a socialist. Interval,” Reid advised viewers on Sunday.
MSNBC anchor Joshua Johnson even appeared to induce colleagues to not assist affect Democratic voters this time round after noting the media and DNC pushed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016. However a voter on Tuesday advised MSNBC anchor Ari Melber that she particularly voted for Sanders due to the unfair therapy he has acquired on the community — and New Hampshire Democrats aren’t the one individuals to note a sample.
Journalist Jordan Chariton coated media for quite a lot of shops earlier than launching progressive media firm Standing Coup. He feels “MSNBC’s political marketing campaign protection has been a merry-go-round of coastal, pro-corporate delusion,” which has resulted within the liberal community showing to favor different candidates.
“This, of course, isn’t a surprise considering executives from its parent company Comcast, which poured in hundreds of millions of dollars to kill net neutrality, hosted Joe Biden’s first fundraiser,” Chariton advised Fox Information.
“From the community bringing on company to falsely assault Bernie Sanders as ‘anti-woman,’ to millionaire anchor Chris Matthews providing leading edge evaluation of a Bernie Sanders presidency probably resulting in ‘assassinations in Central Park,’ MSNBC’s evolution from a community as soon as elevating progressive voices like Ed Schultz and Phil Donahue to a right-wing Tremendous Pac for the corporate-wing of the Democratic Occasion has by no means been clearer,” Chariton added.
“MSNBC’s evolution from a community as soon as elevating progressive voices like Ed Schultz and Phil Donahue to a right-wing Tremendous Pac for the corporate-wing of the Democratic Occasion has by no means been clearer.”
Again in November, nonprofit journal In These Times revealed a narrative headlined, “MSNBC Is the Most Influential Community Amongst Liberals—And It’s Ignoring Bernie Sanders.” The journal analyzed MSNBC’s primetime protection of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls throughout a two-month interval and located that “Sanders received not only the least total coverage” but additionally “the most negative.”
Fourth Watch editor Steve Krakauer has been monitoring MSNBC’s therapy of Sanders and recently pointed out a series of examples in his media e-newsletter, together with Chris Matthews’ “bizarre, hysterical rant” about executions in Central Park.
“I imagine if Castro and the Reds had received the Chilly Struggle, there would have been executions in Central Park and I would’ve been one of many ones executed and sure different individuals can be there cheering,” Matthews stated on Friday.
Matthews then puzzled “what kind of ‘socialism’ Bernie Sanders actually supports, while his fellow panelists awkwardly laughed,” in keeping with Krakauer.
Krakauer additionally pointed to protection from far-left Reid, who has been advocating for former New York Metropolis Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“Reid went on a tangent implying Bernie Sanders and his supporters’ push against super delegates after 2016 was somehow racist,” Krakauer wrote. “The theory … is quite a stretch.”
Krakauer stated MSNBC clearly has an “antagonistic relationship” with Sanders however thinks the liberal community will rapidly pivot throughout the normal election if wanted.
“If Sanders eventually pulls out the nomination, MSNBC (and CNN) will have no choice but to rally to his side in the wake of the alternative,” Krakauer wrote.
However MSNBC’s presumed pivot doesn’t appear to be taking place anytime quickly.
The New Republic published a story on Wednesday headlined, “Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem,” which stated the liberal community “has become a serious obstacle, pumping out Republican anti-Sanders talking points with increasing frequency.”
New Republic’s Alex Shepard famous that “Morning Joe” enlisted former Clinton adviser James Carville “to rant about how a Sanders nomination would bring about the apocalypse,” whereas host Lawrence O’Donnell has downplayed Sanders’ likelihood of profitable the nomination.
“MSNBC is also a prominent stage for the Democratic elites that Sanders has bashed for his entire political career. His primary strategy is built around ignoring more traditional paths to the nomination, snubbing party mandarins who appear on ‘Morning Joe’ in favor of turning out new voters,” Shepard wrote.
Viewers on either side of the political aisle have taken to Twitter with observations on MSNBC’s therapy of Sanders:
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.