Tuesday, December 15, 2015

News Shows Give 234 minutes to Trump, 10 Minutes to Sanders

A new report finds the flagship news programs at major networks NBC, CBS and ABC have dedicated 234 minutes this year to stories about Donald Trump—compared to just 10 minutes for Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The gap comes despite Trump and Sanders often having similar levels of support in primary polls. The Tyndall Report found ABC’s World News Tonight, for example, has devoted 81 minutes to Trump campaign stories—and less than one minute to Sanders, for the entire year.

So it's time for all of us Bernie supporters to lend our voices to the fight. The good news is it will only take a couple of minutes of your time. See the multiple means for contacting ABC, CBS, and NBC's evening news programs below. That's where we'll start.

Now, let's get to work. Find east-to-use contact links below. Use them and let us know what you've done, by reporting to mikefox@pdamerica.org. Explain that basic journalistic principles require that they report on Bernie fairly and comprehensively. 

You can mention that Bernie has more supporters than Trump according to the consensus numbers from national opinion polls, attendance at rallies, and total number of donors.

Or that he is far ahead of where then-Senator Obama was in both the polls and total fundraising at this time in the 2008 cycle. 

Or that Bernie received endorsements from unions and grassroots advocacy organizations including the Communications Workers of America, Democracy for America, National Nurses United, and the Working Families Party.

As well as from celebrities like comics Seth MacFarlane, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, George Lopez, and Will Farrell. 

Also, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, actor Jeremy Piven, UFC’s Ronda Rousey, scholar and civil rights activist Cornell West, the makers of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and of course Progressive Democrats of America. 

Or that he earned his 2 millionth donation yesterday. Or anything else that confirms that Bernie is a serious contender worthy of media attention. 

Please Note: Speak from the heart, but do not insult the people answering the phones. The travesty of unbalanced coverage is not their policy and not their fault  Also, we'll get much better results with honey than with vinegar. 

Let them know you're concerned about the crazy lopsided coverage itself. Don't call them "corporate media whores" etc. If you need to share a negative comment, keep that focused on Trump, and include a very positive statement about Bernie. And most importantly, be brief and to the point.

Contact These Outlets Now:

ABC World News Tonight
Phone: 212-456-4040
Email | Twitter: @wntonight Anchor David Muir @DavidMuir | Facebook

CBS Evening News
Phone New York: 212-975-3691
Email: evening@cbsnews.com 
Twitter: @CBSEveningNews | Facebook

NBC Evening News
Phone: New York 212-975-4321 
Email: contact.nbcnews@nbcuni.com
Twitter: @nbc | Facebook

For a more detailed analysis on the outrageous media coverage numbers, see this article.

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