Bernie Sanders called out the media for its Hillary Clinton freak-out, and the media missed it. This interview on MSNBC took place in the middle of Hillapalooza in Iowa, when dozens of grown men and women chased Hillary Clinton’s van as it arrived as if it were the ice-cream truck on a sunny day. Sanders starts off the interview with a shot at the “Scooby van,” and he probably smirked while doing so … but you’ll never know. That’s because MSNBC thought that the static shot of a media truck and a card table at Iowa venue with no Hillary in it was more compelling than actually showing the guest they had on a live feed:
Thirty-eight seconds. That’s all the face time they have Sanders in this interview in a nearly three-minute segment, and twenty-six seconds of that was shared with a shot of the card table where literally nothing was happening. It’s standard operating procedure for the booth to monitor the live feed from an event in order to cut over when it starts, but what was the point of having that on the screen for viewers?
Sanders wondered why Hillary Clinton is running at all, a question that the media hasn’t bothered to ask yet:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, slammed the national media’s coverage of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, saying the press and public “don’t know” where she stands on important issues.
“Why don’t you tell me what Hillary Clinton is campaigning on, do you know?” he said on MSNBC’s “Live with Thomas Roberts,” when asked if he believed her campaign message that she’s running to represent the “little guy.”
“You don’t know and I don’t know and the American people don’t know.”
Sanders mocked the media’s fascination with Clinton’s early campaign van, which she has nicknamed the “Scooby Doo van.”
“I’m sure there is great national interest about the Scooby van, I can’t think of an interest of more significance to the American people,” Sanders said.
Sanders spends the rest of his time talking about the prospects for his own potential presidential run, the interest in which MSNBC demonstrates by keeping its camera on the media truck and a couple of bored campaign workers around the card table. That would pretty much describe America’s interest in a presidential bid from an avowed socialist, too. But at least MSNBC could have been polite enough to give the screen entirely to Sanders for more than a few seconds to make his pitch.