Since his campaign began, Andrew Yang has said the media was unfairly ignoring him. A recent slew of data shows he might be right.
The entrepreneur turned Democratic nominee for president has been slowly climbing the polls, but the attention he gets from the media doesn’t seem to reflect that. In the latest data crunched by Axios, the TV News Archive found that Michael Bloomberg has gotten 4,486 mentions on television in November alone. Yang, on the other hand, has gotten just 2,167 mentions throughout his entire campaign.
Despite getting more than twice the television mentions of Yang’s entire campaign in November alone, Bloomberg was polling behind Yang for almost the entire month, according to RealClearPolitics averages. On one day, November 20th, Bloomberg passed Yang, before dropping below him again on November 21st.
The craziest number in the news this week: Michael Bloomberg has been mentioned 4,486 times on cable TV in the last month. @AndrewYang, who is polling above Bloomberg, has been mentioned just 2,167 times *his entire campaign* #YangMediaBlackout https://t.co/hb9lPqxjWf— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) December 2, 2019
It’s not just television mentions, either. Last month, Yang announced on Twitter that he would refuse an invitation to appear on MSNBC unless they apologized for their unfair coverage of his campaign. Yang cited several instances where MSNBC left him off of polling graphics but included candidates he was polling better than. He also said he got a “fraction” of the speaking time he should have during MSNBC televised debates.
They’ve omitted me from their graphics 12+ times, called me John Yang on air, and given me a fraction of the speaking time over 2 debates despite my polling higher than other candidates on stage. At some point you have to call it.— Andrew Yang? (@AndrewYang) November 23, 2019
Yang said MSNBC had omitted him from polling graphics more than 12 times, called him “John Yang” on-air and had not given him proper speaking time at the debates.
Business Insider crunched the numbers on the latter of Yang’s complaints and found that they were warranted. The Insider data analysis found that “Yang has had the least amount of speaking time in Democratic debate compared to how much we would expect him to speak given his polling numbers.”
All told, Yang is losing out on valuable free media that has led his supporters to use the hashtag #YangMediaBlackout to spread the word. And if his comparative numbers with Bloomberg are any indication, the alleged blackout is hurting him. RealClearPolitics polling average flipped on December 1st and — this time — it looks like Bloomberg’s lead over Yang is holding steady.