July 17, 2019
Bernie Sanders’s campaign team has been vocal about their dissatisfaction with the media’s coverage of their 2020 campaign, saying the media “find Bernie annoying” and “discount his seriousness.”
“This isn’t intended to be a sweeping generalization of all journalists, but there are a healthy number who just find Bernie annoying, discount his seriousness, and wish his supporters and movement would just go away,” said campaign manager Faiz Shakir.
Shakir said that some journalists “attempt to hide their disdain and masquerade their commentary behind purported straight pieces that amount to seeing everything as a ‘bad news for Bernie’ moment.”
The Sanders’s campaign has tried to distance itself from being seen as making similar calls of “fake news” as President Donald Trump.
According to Shakir, Sanders “appreciates and understands the role the media plays in a democratic system.”
“Donald Trump goes on the assault against the entire news media simply for being, in his mind, a perceived slander of him,” he said. “And facts don’t matter in that analysis.”
Shakir went on to call Sanders a “news of the century kind of candidate” who’s focused on serious issues harming society.
Bernie Sanders has expressed skepticism of “corporate media” entities, saying, “The media work for huge multinational corporations… anyone with my agenda is going to attract a lot of opposition.”
When “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopolous said voters wanted to know more about Sanders as a person, the Vermont senator said that Americans “have a right” to know about a presidential candidate but “sometimes the media goes overboard on that and does not pay enough attention to what you are trying to do to transform the country.”
Speaking in a “Meet the Press” interview, Sanders said, “When the poor get richer and the rich get poorer, when all of our people have health care as a right, when we are leading the world in the fight against climate change, you know what? I will change what I am saying.”
– MK. II