The media represents the various factions of the power elite: FOX and the WSJ represent the “conservative” wing of the ruling class, the traditional networks, WaPo and CNN represent the centrist sectors of the power elite, and MSNBC and HuffPo represent the liberal wing of the elite. All of these have reasons to oppose Trump’s economic nationalism and Sanders’ anti-capitalism. My guess is that they find Trump less objectionable (because he’s at least of their class) but easier to demonize, plus he’s a rogue that doesn’t play by the house rules. Sanders focuses almost exclusively on class issues and that’s really what the the ruling doesn’t want anyone thinking about. So it makes sense that the media’s strategy would be to demonize Trump and ignore Sanders while trying to steer opinion towards Hillary or one of the GOP’s neocon errand boys.
Does that ratio seem out of whack? That’s the ratio of TV airtime that ABC World News Tonight has devoted to Donald Trump’s campaign (81 minutes) versus the amount of TV time World News Tonight has devoted to Bernie Sanders’ campaign this year. And even that one minute for Sanders is misleading because the actual number is closer to 20 seconds.
For the entire year.
That’s the rather stunning revelation from the Tyndall Report, which tracks the various flagship nightly news programs on NBC, CBS and ABC. The Report’s campaign findings cover the network evening newscasts from January 1 through the end of November.
The results confirm two media extremes in play this year, and not just at ABC News. The network newscasts are wildly overplaying Trump, who regularly attracts between 20-30 percent of primary voter support, while at the same time wildly underplaying Sanders, who regularly attracts between 20-30 percent of primary voter support. (Sanders’ supporters have long complained about the candidate’s lack of coverage.)