Accuracy in Media


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The 2020 campaign season started months ago, with Election Day almost 16 months away, scrutiny has intensified on the top tier Democratic Party presidential candidates, such as Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, to name a few. In total, there are 23 candidates in the Democratic Party primary, which necessitated two nights of debates in order to split the field in half for television viewers.

Much of the attention is on front-runner Joe Biden, a longtime senator representing Delaware and who served as Obama’s vice president. The majority of polls currently have him comfortably leading the pack. For example, Politico’s poll puts Biden up 13% over second-place Elizabeth Warren and third-place Bernie Sanders. Overall, in the polling average compiled by RealClearPolitics, Biden is up 12.8% over Warren.

Lately, Biden has committed multiple gaffes in his public remarks. This past week, while in Iowa, Biden said, “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” Biden was attending a town hall hosted by the Des Moines Asian & Latino Coalition. Realizing he made a mistake, Biden added, “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes defended Biden’s comments and quickly pivoted to comparing Biden’s gaffes to President Donald Trump. Hayes quickly compared Trump’s error in naming Toledo, Ohio as the place of a mass shooting, instead of Dayton, Ohio. Hayes added other examples, such as Trump’s alleged praise of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Hayes claimed that Trump gets away with many of his potentially-inflammatory or embarrassing comments because “he does it so often.” In another part of the segment, Hayes said “it was ridiculous” that the White House would claim its political opponents are “racist,” thereby implying that President Trump’s rhetoric and actions are racist. But, over half of Hayes’s segment on Biden blamed Trump’s rhetoric and how the media has overlooked many of Trump’s own gaffes.

This is yet another example of media bias at MSNBC, which exposed its bias when MSNBC host Chris Hayes defended Biden’s gaffes.




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