No #Bernieblackout here: Sanders rides a surge of alternative media

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December 12, 2019

Sanders supporters loudly protest what they see as the major media’s failure to cover their favored candidate or to portray him as a serious contender for the nomination. The hashtag #Bernieblackout has become a major presence on social media.

But coverage in what Sanders likes to disparage as the “corporate media” may matter less to him than to any of his rivals because of the benefit he derives from a surging alternative media ecosystem.

There has been an explosion in appetite for shows like “Rising” and “The Young Turks,” the relatively unstructured Los Angeles-based online production that is fervently pro-Bernie and is the flagship of the TYT network, which boasts 50 million unique views monthly.

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