“I think what we saw from Nevada on out was a cry from the rooftops, from the political establishment, from the media that they wanted anybody but Bernie. Anybody but Bernie! My God, I don’t know how many articles they were about, we need anybody but Bernie and, you know, they ended up succeeding. And that’s that.”
In just a few sentences, Sanders a) lumps the media in with the “political establishment” as actors working to keep him from the nomination and b) lambastes the number of articles allegedly written seeking “anybody but Bernie.”
Close watchers of the 2020 campaign will note that Sanders has long believed the media was working against him.
But evidence of some sort of broad-scale effort by the media to keep Sanders from winning? There’s not much of that to be had. And by blaming the media for his defeat, Sanders takes credit away from the remarkable comeback that Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee, who he formally endorsed just this week, engineered.
The Point: The media is an easy scapegoat. But not always the right one.