Accuracy in Media

As we reported earlier, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has mostly eluded in-depth coverage of his past as a public servant on the local and federal government levels. It is time to add another topic to the increasing list of briefly-covered items related to Sanders: his medical records.

Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd pressed Sanders whether he would release his medical records to the public. Sanders promised last September that he would be completely transparent about his health and that he will release his medical records.

However, Sanders suffered a heart attack in early October and took time off to recover. But Sanders later told the Associated Press he would release his medical records: “I want to make it comprehensive. The answer is I will, probably by the end of the year.” The same news outlet quoted Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, who confirmed that December 2019 was their target date to release his medical records.

It is now February 2020 and Sanders’s campaign has not released his medical records, despite previous promises that he would do so. So far, among the conservative media, the Washington Examiner, New York Post, Washington Free Beacon, and the Daily Caller covered the issue. Representing the left-leaning outlets, the Daily Beast and HuffPost published articles on Sanders’s reversal.

The mainstream media did not publish articles or analyses on Sanders’s refusal to release his medical records. That meant that ABC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News neglected to inform the American public of Sanders’s reversal on the transparency of his medical records. The mainstream media failed to tell the public about some of Sander’s past statements, which included praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and again let the public down by not publishing articles about Sanders’s refusal to publicly disclose his medical records.

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