NEW DATA: Media Ignoring Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gravel 2020 Campaigns

Despite The Media Blackout, Their Support Is Only Rising

Jake Mercier
Jun 19 · 3 min read

A recent figure released by FiveThirtyEight breaks down mainstream news coverage for each Democratic candidate by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Of course, the news media is picking-and-choosing who they’d like to cover based on ratings and who will satisfy their corporate donors.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Former Senator Mike Gravel have had almost no media coverage in the month of June, and much of it has been negative.

Tulsi Gabbard, despite the media blackout, hit 65,000 donors (the threshold for the first debate) long before media darlings like Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Jay Inslee trudged across the finish line.

Other candidates who have received considerably more coverage than Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, like Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Rep. Tim Ryan, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Fmr. Rep. John Delaney, Sen. Michael Bennet, Russiagate Fanatic Rep. Eric Swalwell, Governor Steve Bullock, and others have still failed to reach the minimum requirement of 65,000 donors but reached at least 1% at some point in arbitrarily chosen DNC-approved polls.

Gabbard received 1 (ONE!) mention on cable news during the week of June 2nd, and was able to muster 9 mentions during the following week of June 9.

On the other hand, Corporatist Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who often ties with Gabbard in many polls and didn’t reach the threshold of 65,000 donors until nearly two months after Gabbard, received 88 more mentions across mainstream channels during the week of June 2.

Senator Michael Bennet, who barely made the debate stage and couldn’t even get 65,000 people to chip in a few bucks to his campaign, was covered 2.5x more than Tulsi last week.

With regards to Former Senator Mike Gravel, Governor Steve Bullock — who launched his campaign to minimal fanfare and did not end up making the Democratic debate — was covered 8.25x more on cable news than Mike Gravel during the week of June 9. Similarly, Congressman Seth Moulton (who also did not make the debate stage) had 47x the amount of coverage Gravel had during the week of June 2. Tulsi Gabbard has also had similar numbers in comparison with these other candidates.

Despite the censorship, though, Gabbard and Gravel seem to be making waves in their own way — with much more than 100,000 donors between the two of them and numerous polls showing Tulsi Gabbard rounding out the top ten, their anti-war message is somehow resonating with many online.

Moreover, candidates like Tulsi Gabbard have brought in many disillusioned Trump supporters who disapprove of his foreign policy, many people who consistently vote for the Green Party, many independents and non-voters, and even libertarians.

This large and diverse base of support for the progressive candidate will be hard to register in polling numbers — many are not normally Democratic primary voters.

Even so, she has consistently polled higher than people who the media have covered tens and even hundreds of times over the past few weeks.

As the debates draw closer, Gabbard (and possibly Gravel, if he qualifies for the second round of debates), will have a chance to spread their message to a wider audience.

The mainstream media, however, will continue to bolster those who echo their talking points as the United States draws closer to conflict with Iran.

Jake Mercier is a filmmaker, writer, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of CitizenSource, writing with a focus on U.S. politics, foreign intervention, national security, and privacy issues. He is from Dallas, Texas, but currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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