Why the Media Abandon Their Favorite Democrats

Beto O’Rourke speaks during a town hall meeting in Alexandria, Va., April 17, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The high stakes of 2020 spur the press to reevaluate Biden and Beto.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ssume, for a moment, that conservatives’ worst suspicions about the national media are true: that they wake up each morning and ask themselves, “How can I help the Democrats win today?”

A Democratic presidential primary is the one time of the cycle where the interests of a partisan media and those of the general public coincide: The Democratic presidential candidates need to be investigated and evaluated, with the aim of weeding out the flawed and unelectable in order to nominate the candidate most likely to win a general election. But the behavior of many reporters and commentators in this young presidential

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