S. E. Cupp Unfiltered - Bernie Media Bias?
‘Bernie media bias?’ was the title of a segment on the S.E. Cupp Unfiltered show, CNN Saturday July 20.
One sometimes comes across the idea online that to think that the media is biased against Bernie is a case of ‘confirmation bias’. In other words, on this view one already believes that the media is biased against Bernie and is looking for evidence which supports one’s preconception, whilst ignoring other evidence that contradicts one’s bias.
However, if one considers the following evidence one cannot rationally deny that objectively, there is widespread and systematic media bias (putting it mildly) against Bernie. For instance, in the 2016 primaries:
Hundreds of Democratic Party super-delegates in 2016 (including Donna Brazile) were portrayed by the media as already on Hillary’s side before a single primary vote was cast, giving voters the impression that Bernie faced an insurmountable task. Although Bernie’s policies were appealing many didn’t vote for him because they thought he couldn’t win - directly because of media bias (super-delegates weren’t supposed to vote until the end of the primary process).
(In 2020, skewed media polls have taken the place of super-delegates (who will become relevant if a second ballot is called for).)
The media (Reuters / ABC News) declared Hillary the presumptive Democratic Party nominee in 2016 BEFORE the California primaries. This amounts to voter suppression since many who would have voted for Bernie didn’t bother due to the media telling them to do so would be a waste of their time.
Media pundit, Hillary surrogate (and super-delegate) Donna Brazile passed information to Hillary Clinton about an upcoming debate question in 2016, before the debate and against the debate rules, unfairly giving Hillary an advantage over Bernie. CNN subsequently disowned Brazile as if they were opposed to bias, despite the evidence to the contrary above.
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Erin you sound like someone in the media
Tuesday June 18 2019
On Outfront with Erin Burnett, Erin did an interview with Bernie Sanders. The context was that Bernie was going to reply to Trump’s official launch of his re-election campaign in Florida later that evening.
Erin asked what Bernie was going to say in response to Trump’s rally (before Bernie had heard Trump’s speech). Bernie made some tongue in cheek speculative predictions that Trump would probably not talk about having wanted to throw 30 million people off their existing health insurance with no alternative plan for them, or the tax breaks he gave to billionaires etc.
Erin asked about Bernie’s view on recent attacks on commercial oil tankers in the gulf of Oman which the CIA allege are likely Iranian in origin. Bernie responded that the attacks should be investigated, but reminded viewers that the American government lied to its citizens about the pretext for the war in Vietnam and the Iraq war (also indicating that according to the constitution only congress has the power to declare war, not any president).
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