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Media Roundtable: Coverage Of The Presidential Primaries

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
Candidates onstage during the Democratic debate in Manchester, N.H.

On this edition of the media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the presidential primaries.

Independent outlets are running stories about the media’s tendency to downplay Bernie Sanders or ignore him altogether. A recent Washington Post headline reads, 'The media keep falling in love – with anybody but Bernie Sanders.' We’ll also talk about the media’s erasure of Elizabeth Warren, the Amy Klobuchar-surge narrative, reporters pressing Michael Bloomberg on his stop and frisk policy, and the candidates’ actual platforms.


Derecka Purnell, human rights lawyer and columnist at The Guardian

Branko Marcetic, staff writer at Jacobin, contributor to In These Times, Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting fellow, and author of Yesterday's Man: the Case Against Joe Biden

Jon Allsop, freelance journalist and writer of Columbia Journalism Review’s newsletter The Media Today 

Web Resources:

Columbia Journalism Review: The media, ‘Klomentum,’ and the ‘erasure’ of Elizabeth Warren

In These Times: Amy Klobuchar Says She Wants to Protect Obamacare — But Has Worked to Undermine It

Jacobin: Joe Biden Tried to Cut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare for 40 Years

The Guardian: Bloomberg’s weak apology for stop-and-frisk is too little, too late

The Washington Post: The media keep falling in love — with anybody but Bernie Sanders

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.