Faiz Shakir had seen enough. When summer turned to fall, and the 2020 Democratic presidential race kicked in before the first meetings and primaries, Shakir, who runs the Bernie Sanders campaign, approached MSNBC President Phil Griffin to discuss his concerns about handling the network. second senator White of Vermont. Throw home. "We saw a ton of terrible coverage occurring and we thought about at least trying to address it," he recalled.
For months, the campaign was angered by stocks of MSNBC hosts and commentators. Jason Johnson, MSNBC contributor, predicted in January 2019, Sanders would leave in August and network analyst Mimi Rocah said in July, Sanders made her “goose bumps”. The graphics on the screen have omitted Sanders and misrepresented poll numbers, a trend that inspired a shipment of the onion.
"It has been difficult to change the tone and the content of the coverage we have received," Shakir said in an interview. "They were the last to acknowledge that Bernie Sanders' path to the nomination is real, and even when it becomes real, they often dismiss it." (AN study progressive magazine In These Times reinforces Shakir's criticism). Sanders also participated in the off-the-record discussion with Griffin; an MSNBC spokesman said the network had already held similar meetings with other Democratic candidates. Shakir said the 30 Rock chat was "open" and "cordial", but now, months later, he "is not sure he has really changed anything".
Sanders has a lot argued that the "corporate media" agenda does not necessarily reflect people's needs, and its 2020 campaign has doubled as an ongoing media criticism store. On Twitter, Sanders’s speechwriter David Sirota, a veteran reporter, become a one-man quick response machine; last week he scolded a New York Times reporter for underestimating Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primaries. Several key figures in the campaign come from the left flank of the media: deputy campaign manager Ari Rabin-Havt (Media Matters), national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray (The Intercept) and Shakir (ThinkProgress). Sanders himself has suggested that the Washington Post "doesn't write particularly good articles about" him because of his efforts to raise the minimum wage at Amazon, a company founded by the newspaper's owner, Jeff Bezos. He too surrounded against networks that run ads for major pharmaceutical companies during the debate.
Upon entering Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas, which will be hosted by MSNBC and NBC News, the continuing tension between the liberal cable news network and the current Democratic leader has only intensified and appears symptomatic of generational and ideological slits within the broken. It is both a test of MSNBC's influence on the process and of Sanders' ability to withstand the resistance of the establishment. Shakir said MSNBC's unflattering coverage has been "detrimental" to the campaign. "Bernie Sanders' steady decline on MSNBC," he added, "undermines his eligibility argument."
Sanders' legion of online supporters is quick to share clips and complaints after any slight appearance against Sanders. The prominent anti-Bernie roll has grown in recent weeks, with a few moments on the verge of parody. Joy Reid hosted a body language expert who said Sanders' stance revealed he was "lying" about a recent dispute with Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, Chris Matthews' appearances became a consultation for his distressed alerts about Sanders. On Iowa caucuses' day, Matthews invoked George McGovern's ghost by predicting a coup for Sanders in the general election. "Bernie Sanders will not be president of the United States, okay?" Matthews declared. After the most recent debate in New Hampshire, Matthews gasped for another history lesson. "I have my own views of the word socialist and I will be happy to share them. They date back to the early 1950s. I have an attitude about them. I remember the Cold War," Matthews said. “I have an attitude towards (Fidel) Castro. I believe that if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War, there would be executions in Central Park and I could have been one that was executed. And other people would be there cheering, okay?
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