A live MSNBC report from New Hampshire suffered an awkward moment when a voter accused the network of being biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
MSNBC host Ari Melber was asking the New Hampshire voters who they chose in Tuesday’s primary when one woman revealed her vote for Sanders was due to the network’s coverage of him in the 2020 race.
“I voted for Bernie,” the woman said Tuesday night in the segment airing live from Manchester.
“Although there are a number of candidates that I really like, and so I felt like I, when I finished voting I was still undecided,” she added, “including Elizabeth, including Michael Bennett for that matter.”
“Now that’s sort of a paradox, to decide and then feel undecided. So you’re a complex person,” Melber remarked.
“Yes but I want to say the reason I went for Bernie is because of MSNBC,” the woman said.
“Go on,” Melber joked, looking back at the camera.
“I think it is completely cynical to say that he’s lost 50 percent of his vote from the last time when there were two candidates. Now there are multiple wonderful candidates who would be great presidents, and people that we could, I think, that we can unify and get behind,” the voter explained.
“But the kind of the ‘stop Bernie’ cynicism that I heard from a number of people – I watch MSNBC constantly – so I heard that from a number of commentators,” she added. “And so it made me angry enough, I said ‘Okay, Bernie’s got my vote.’”
Melber found her remarks “interesting” and noted how the negative coverage of the Vermont senator had an opposite effect on this voter.
“This is such an interesting point. What you’re saying is, and we take criticism because we’re journalists, right? We’ve got to be open-minded,” he said.
“You’re saying that hearing from people, whether it’s guests, contributors, the conversations you’ve heard, that you felt were designed to tear down Senator Sanders, or quote-unquote stop him, actually endeared him to you,” Melber added.
“Absolutely. Absolutely, I could have chosen several candidates but that’s what pushed me over the edge for Bernie,” the woman responded.
“That’s really interesting and thank you for sharing it,” Melber replied. “I knew you were complex.”
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King noted multiple times on Twitter that MSNBC’s reporting on the night was off:
I kid you not.
On MSNBC, they just announced that @BernieSanders has taken a BIG lead in New Hampshire, but the panelists then started saying that even though he’s in 1st, that if you add up Pete and Amy together that they are in 1st.
That’s actually NOT how elections work.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) February 12, 2020
This time it was @HardballChris.
“Pete & Klobuchar together TROUNCED Bernie Sanders tonight,” he said with a straight face.
This is not how elections work.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) February 12, 2020
And yet another MSNBC pundit caught the ire of Sanders supporters when she declared a “key third-place finish” was more important than Sanders’ first-place win.
Cable punditry is at its absolute stupidest and most worthless when it’s speaking from desperation, which is often: https://t.co/ATYMGmPw67
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 11, 2020
Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday, narrowly beating former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg by fewer than two percentage points after the two appeared to be tied for first place in Iowa last week. Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in with a surprising third-place finish, leaving Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden in the dust.
New Hampshire makes Klobuchar new threat in ‘months-long dumpster fire’ https://t.co/ckaueh6NfV
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 12, 2020
Twitter users weighed in on the MSNBC live segment with the woman who voted for Sanders, applauding her for calling the network out though her voting methods were certainly questioned.
— #CaliBernication (@brooklynnygirl) February 11, 2020
This warmed my heart! And had me snickering at the same time. ?✊??
— BernbabyBern2020 (@BernerAtLarge20) February 11, 2020
Good for her. I like Bernie, but don’t know if I’ll vote for him. That being said the anti-Bernie sentiment among the pundits at MSNBC is obvious. It’s one thing to have legitimate questions about his positions, but the doom & gloom characterization of his candidacy is silly.
— Jimbo (@politicaljimbo) February 11, 2020
I don’t think that is the way to choose your president.
— Malathi Nidadavolu (@thulikan) February 11, 2020
— Matteo Guenboozy ?? ??? (@PepsisNotOk) February 11, 2020
Well, isn’t that one of the stupidest reasons for a vote? People never fail to surprise me.
— Lisa C (@CutPhD) February 11, 2020
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