Accuracy in Media

The mainstream media struggles to keep up with the ever-changing political dynamics of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary field, as front-runner and former vice president Joe Biden continues his polling dominance while Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) attempt to unseat Biden for the nomination.

Amid the political hubbub, the mainstream media and cable news networks tend to miss out on scoops that are picked up by media outlets such as Politico. Politico published an article on how Sanders’ struggles in New Hampshire could have significant repercussions for the 2020 primary.

The article, entitled, “Sanders campaign wracked by dissension,” discussed how the Sanders campaign is setting off internal alarms due to “disorganization, personality clashes and poor communication between state operations and national headquarters.” Politico noted that his campaign’s shake-up this past week and also losing the endorsement of the Working Families Party to fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren worried allies and former aides.

In the 2016 presidential campaign cycle, Sanders won the New Hampshire primary over Hillary Clinton by a 60%-38% vote, a margin of 22%. Considering Sanders would eventually lose to Clinton, it was still a significant result for Sanders’s longshot candidacy in 2016. The expectation for the 2020 primary is that Sanders wins the primary, but recent events suggest it could be slipping from Sanders’s grasp.

While Politico’s coverage is relevant and important for 2020 primary voters, the mainstream media is occupied with the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, where the Democrat-majority House Judiciary Committee heard the testimony of former Trump operative Corey Lewandowski, to topics such as the president’s new national security adviser.

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