Accuracy in Media

Krystal Ball, a former MSNBC host, criticized the mainstream media for allegedly continuing anti-Bernie Sanders bias in its reporting. Ball is now a co-host of The Hill TV’s show, Rising with Krystal & Saagar.

Ball came to the defense of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). She cited multiple examples of anti-Bernie bias, which are as follows:

  • The New York Times panned over Sanders’s crowd size when Sanders attended the Iowa State Fair,
  • Political data analyst Nate Silver’s tweeted about Bernie’s “sense of entitlement” in the 2020 campaign,
  • Politico article’s headline did not mention Sanders’s second-place position in a recent poll, but mentioned the third- and fourth-place poll recipients.

She said that journalists are fallible and can fall into groupthink while catering to the establishment (i.e. mainstream media) to preserve media access to establishment party politicians. Ball cited an example of her time at MSNBC when she criticized then-2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for entering the race. The Clinton campaign complained to MSNBC and every subsequent mention of the Clinton campaign had to be approved by the MSNBC president, Ball said.

Ball reiterated how the media’s anti-Bernie bias created a “class bias” and a blind spot within the mainstream media. The media missed the rise of Trump, Ball said, and she warned that the media could miss out on the enthusiasm behind Sanders’s campaign.

Ball ran for Congress in 2010 as a Democratic Party candidate, in which she lost in the conservative-learning district by a significant margin, and had been a co-host of the MSNBC show, “The Cycle” until being fired in 2015.

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