Blackout Tuesday: The Bernie Sanders Speech Corporate Media Chose Not To Air
Though the talking heads were allowed to ramble on and on (and on) Tuesday night, the major cable and network news made no time for people to watch this...
Though Bernie Sanders had an admittedly disappointing night on Tuesday, losing four of five primary contests to rival Hillary Clinton, he still took to the stage in Phoenix, Arizona to speak to his supporters and television cameras about his vision for the nation and the drive of his campaign moving forward.
The problem? No cable or major news channel ran the speech. Not all of it. Not even some of it.
As Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim—specifically pointing at how cable news channels CNN, Fox, and MSNBC didn't air the speech because they were "waiting" for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump—quipped, "There just isn't enough time in the evening to get all that analysis in."
Well, here it is:
Writing for the media watchdog group FAIR on Wednesday analyst Adam Johnson argues that even as "critiques of corporate media choosing horserace over substance are evergreen," pointing out new examples remains as "urgent" as ever. "Political discourse that focuses on the meta, discussing perceptions or gaffes or polls rather than material issues, will inherently serve the Donald Trumps of the world," argues Johnson. "The corporate media didn’t create Trump, but they did pave and light the road for his candidacy’s unconstrained acceleration."
Meanwhile, Sanders backers and other media critics took to Twitter to express outrage over the glaring snub:
The problem is bigger than one night. The national news media is in this for the money, and Trump = ratings.
— steve_mikulic (@steve_mikulic) March 16, 2016
— Ban Torture (@BanTorture) March 16, 2016
— Bernie Wins (@berniewins2016) March 16, 2016
— Kevin Meyerson (@kevinmeyerson) March 16, 2016
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Sanders congratulated Clinton for her wins in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida and thanked the people nationwide who have lifted his called for a political revolution. Despite an uphill climb to close the gap with Clinton, Sanders said his campaign has the energy and support to go all the way to the Democratic convention this summer.
"With more than half the delegates yet to be chosen and a calendar that favors us in the weeks and months to come," said Sanders, "we remain confident that our campaign is on a path to win the nomination."