In a live segment on CNN, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, shamed the three biggest corporate media outlets for ignoring Bernie Sanders’ March 15 speech so they could broadcast an empty podium at a Donald Trump rally.
“Let’s look at Super Tuesday 3; you had major coverage here at CNN, at MSNBC, at Fox — all the networks across all through the night as the polls are closing,” Goodman told Brian Stelter on CNN’s Reliable Sources on March 20. “You see the concession speeches and the great victory speeches, you see Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Kasich, you see Donald Trump. You’re waiting here at CNN, at MSNBC. They said he’s going to hold a news conference… and that’s it.”
Goodman is right. Even though Sanders — who is only slightly behind Hillary Clinton in terms of pledged delegates, making him a serious contender for the Democratic nomination — was speaking on the night after Democrats in 5 states voted in primaries, his speech wasn’t covered by CNN, MSNBC, or FOX News.
“This time, they didn’t even record and show after Bernie Sanders,” Goodman said. “He was completely absent.”
As Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report observed, the networks have devoted a disproportionate amount of coverage to Donald Trump while virtually ignoring the other 2016 candidates on both sides of the aisle. Trump has been covered for a total of 175 minutes on cable news networks since the start of the campaign cycle in 2015. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has only had 60 minutes of coverage, while Bernie Sanders has had just 44 minutes of total cable coverage.
Additional analysis from the GDELT project shows that Donald Trump has had a combined 354,517 media mentions since June 2015, when combining coverage from nine different networks. That’s way more TV time than Hillary Clinton, who was mentioned 195,384 times between January 1, 2015 and March 16, 2016. Bernie Sanders only has 87,245 total mentions.
Amy Goodman told Stelter that the disparity of coverage between Trump and other candidates only grew larger over time.
“For the year 2015, as the snowball rolled and it got larger and larger, he got 23 times the coverage of Bernie Sanders,” Goodman said.
Watch the entire segment below: