Democratic presidential candidates who feel that they aren’t getting a fair shake from the media have gone public with their complaints.
The most vocal critic has been Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) harping on the left’s “corporate media” trope which has been circulating for more than thirty years.
Sanders specifically attacked the Washington Post, which he said has covered him negatively because he has been critical of the newspaper’s owner, billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Sanders intimated that Bezos influenced news coverage, which executive editor Marty Baron has denied. The Post has stated on many occasions since Bezos bought the paper in 2013 that he would have no editorial control and Sanders has been unable to come up with a Bezos bias of his campaign.
In addition to the Post, Sanders also criticized The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, saying that they operate under a certain “framework.”
In addition to Sanders, Joe Biden’s campaign criticized reporters for giving what it thought was outsized coverage to Biden’s recent gaffes.
Beto O’Rourke, who is relaunching his campaign for a second time, and Julián Castro have also blasted the media for not been harsher on Trump on the race issue, even though the New York Times recently caved to liberal protests and changed a headline on Trump’s speech after the El Paso and Dayton shootings to one more critical of the president.