- Outlier candidate Andrew Yang has been left out of MSNBC’s election coverage on several occasions.
- Yang’s supporters say the oversight is intentional and speaks to the network’s political agenda.
- The tension could actually build support for Yang as an anti-establishment candidate.
Andrew Yang has become somewhat of a wild-card in the Democratic Primaries this year. From his fiercely loyal “YangGang” to his promise to “literally give everybody money,” his campaign has been worth watching. He doesn’t have the polling numbers to rival top-tier candidates like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders— but he’s firmly in the middle of the Dems’ race. However, anyone who gets their news via MSNBC are likely to think Yang already dropped out of the race as the network has iced him out of their coverage of the election.
Andrew Yang is Ignored
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The network’s polling results graphics consistently leave Yang off, even though in one case, he ranked higher than a few who’d been included. Leaving Yang out of the pack because he simply hadn’t made the final cut is one thing, but the glaring open space in their infographics coupled with the fact that Andrew Yang’s polling numbers were equal to that of several included candidates has caught the attention of the YangGang— and they’re not happy.
MSNBC’s apparent efforts to minimize Andrew Yang’s campaign could be doing the opposite. The YangGang are furious about the network’s oversight, with some even threatening legal action and claiming the decision to exclude Yang is racially motivated. The group has also taken out their frustrations by “rage donating’ to Yang’s campaign.
Yang’s entire campaign is based on his status as a political outsider.