Accuracy in Media

Much of the 2020 presidential primaries in the Democratic Party was spent making campaign promises and publishing policy proposals, such as “Medicare for All” and free college tuition.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed these policies and other proposals, but media coverage on the costs of his proposals has been lacking.

The Progressive Policy Institute published an analysis of the policy proposals among the several primary candidates and found Sanders’ policies were the most expensive. The analysis said that Sanders’ proposals could cost about $50 trillion over ten years, or $15 trillion more over ten years than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The group’s analysis also discovered that his proposals would dwarf his proposed revenue streams. The projected revenue would fall short by a tune of $25.3 trillion, contrary to Sanders’ claim that his proposals will offset. The analysis said that Sanders’ “fiscal fantasy” was to “believe he could ever deliver on it given his non-investment spending priorities and failure to develop sufficient revenue proposals.”

Among the mainstream media, only the Washington Post cited the Progressive Policy Institute’s report. The cable news channels and the likes of the New York Times failed to tell their readers and viewers of the cost of Sanders’ policy proposals.

Considering American taxpayers would likely shoulder the cost of Sanders’ policy proposals, they should have all relevant and accurate information from the media. But if the media chose to ignore analyses and news like this report, then the media is not doing their job.

The mainstream media should do a better job on reporting on the costs of the primary candidates’ policy proposals and provide as much information to its readers and viewers. The job of the media is to provide accurate and fair news, and if it omits information, it is falls short of its ethical duty to the American people.




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