Monday, March 7, 2016

ABC News Plays Up Cruz Wins, Disappears Sanders Victories

This weekend, both Republicans and Democrats competed in presidential primaries and caucuses in Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Maine, with the Republicans additionally competing in Kentucky and Puerto Rico. On Sunday night, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participated in a debate in Michigan.

When it came time to report these developments on Monday's Good Morning America, well, it's ABC--what can one say? Correspondent Tom Llamas opened by reporting that Sanders won Sunday's Maine caucus then immediately downplays this by adding, "but Clinton [is] still way ahead when it comes to delegates." There are clips from the Democratic debate--the coverage here is absent any real analysis and light on substance, as usual, but at least includes clips of the candidates hacking on one another and a funny Sanders line, which is a change of pace from the usual Clinton-centric selections. When Llamas turns to the Republican race, he describes the results as "a seismic weekend for the Republican field, Sen. Ted Cruz having a super Saturday, winning two states and taking the most delegates."

Here's the thing: in the weekend's Democratic contests, Bernie Sanders won the same two states as Cruz (Maine and Kansas). He won them by much larger margins than Cruz.[1] He also won Nebraska by a healthy 57.1%. Clinton beat Sanders pretty brutally in Louisiana--71.1% to Sanders' 23.2%--but Sanders took three of the weekend's four Democratic contests by huge margins and walked away with more delegates--67 to Clinton's 64. For ABC News, only the much less impressive Cruz results--winning 2 out of 5 contests--constitute a "seismic weekend," a "super Saturday." Other than the Maine results, which the report pooh-poohs, the Democratic contests--and Sanders wins--don't merit any mention, as if they never happened at all.



[1] Cruz took Maine with 45.9% of the vote, Sanders won there with 62.3%; Cruz took Kansas by 48.2%, Sanders by 67.7%.

1 comment:

  1. One hopes that perhaps the Press are merely inept, misled by their OWN lack of interest (in Bernie). Yet I can't escape the idea that their suppression of news about Bernie is actually deliberate, and therefore, hostile, malevolent, ill-intentioned.