Politico Co-Founder: There's a 'Scary' Amount of Media Bias

Zach Montanaro | September 13, 2016
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The fact that there is a heavy bias in today’s media for Hillary Clinton is a surprise to exactly no one. But when even the co-founder of Politico is admitting that the levels of bias have reached “scary” levels, that’s when you know you have a problem.

Speaking with radio personality Hugh Hewitt, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei gave impressions of the presidential race and how the scandal involving Clinton’s emails was having a huge effect on the campaign. When was asked directly if the media was “all-in” for Clinton, VandeHei, usually a staunch defender of the media, offered a surprising yet brutally honest reply:

“The number of mainstream media reporters who are out there expressing their explicit opinions, that tend to be decisively pro-Hillary and anti-Trump, to me is scary.”

Politico certainly hasn’t been shy in hiding their distaste for the Trump campaign, often using misleading or snarky headlines to describe the Republican nominee. So to hear one of its co-founders calling out reporters who use their platforms to pass off their opinions as cold-hard facts should let you know just how bad things have gotten. Just to be clear in his critique, VandeHei went on to reiterate:

“You cannot, cannot, cannot as a reporter be taking sides in a public forum, whether it’s on Twitter or whether it’s on email or whether it’s on TV.”

If you’d like to read the full transcript between Hewitt and VandeHei, you can find it here.

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