Study: Bernie Actually Got Better Media Coverage Than Hillary
Here’s some real news for Bernie-loving bros to share on Facebook.
A new study done by Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy was released on Monday, confirming
sexism is alive and well that Hillary Clinton is the presidential hopeful who’s received the most negative media coverage of all candidates this election cycle.
And that is in contrast with the candidate who was covered most positively, none other than every millennial’s favorite liberal, Bernie Sanders.
The researchers analyzed media coverage of the 2016 presidential candidates by examining their coverage in the year prior to the presidential primary. Sources included CBS, Fox, the Los Angeles Times, NBC, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
The report shows that Hillary received almost 3 times the amount of coverage that Bernie did, but only 17% percent of Bernie’s coverage was negative, while 84% of all coverage on Hillary was found negative. And, only 28% percent of overall coverage on Hillary revolved around her stance on key issues, The Cut reported.
How could that be? The report explains:
“Sanders’ media coverage during the pre-primary period was a sore spot with his followers, who complained the media was biased against his candidacy. In relative terms at least, their complaint lacks substance. Among candidates in recent decades who entered the campaign with no money, no organization, and no national following, Sanders fared better than nearly all of them. Sanders’ initial low poll numbers marked him as less newsworthy than Clinton but, as he gained strength, the news tilted in his favor.”