Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has, from day one, been summarily dismissed by corporate media and the Democratic Party’s poobahs.
Despite out-the-gate record-setting attendance at his events and recent polling showing Sanders faring better against Trump than Hillary Clinton, accurate reporting of Sanders’ campaign is marginalized and back-paged in favor of narrowly focused reporting centered around the party/media anointed “frontrunner” Clinton.
Sanders’ 2 million-and counting donors are essentially double Clinton’s. His February fund-raising totals were roughly 50 percent greater than Clinton’s. Obviously, his campaign is viable and healthy, far from being a “fringe” candidacy.
Yet reporting of the March 22 Arizona, Utah and Idaho results continued the media’s dismissive tone, highlighting Clinton’s Arizona results while basically omitting any visible reporting that Sanders took the majority of those three states’ delegates. While Clinton’s Arizona margin of 17 percent gave her 15 more Arizona delegates than Sanders garnered, his Utah and Idaho victory margins put the final tally for the night at 67 delegates for Sanders versus 51 for Clinton.
The Bee and most news media are too often failing to provide readers the full reporting they deserve. That is regrettable.
Larry Finch, Fresno