A New Hampshire voter told an MSNBC anchor the network’s criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders made the voter “angry enough” to vote for Sanders.
“I want to say the reason I went for Bernie is because of MSNBC,” the voter told MSNBC’s Ari Melber. “The kind of stock Bernie cynicism that I heard from a number of people—I watch MSNBC constantly, so I heard that from a number of commentators—it made me angry enough. I said ok, Bernie has my vote.”
“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, people that I think we can unify and get behind,” she added.
“What you’re saying is, and we take criticism because we’re journalists, we have to be open-minded,” Melber said. “You’re saying hearing from people, 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.”
“Absolutely. I could have chosen several candidates, but that’s what pushed me over the edge for Bernie,” the voter responded.
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews said Sanders was not a “Good Samaritan” who would stop and help someone in need. He also floated the possibility of Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) becoming the Democratic nominee if a brokered convention occurs.
Joshua Johnson, a newly hired MSNBC anchor, admitted the media was complicit in the Democratic National Committee’s attempts to throw support behind Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 primary.
“One of the things I’m interested in seeing in 2020 is, how much we will allow Democrats to make their own choice? The story of who the party is supposed to support is not up to us, it’s up to Democrats,” he said.