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Jonathan Bernstein

What the Press Owes Bernie Sanders

Reporters who pretend the Vermont senator has a shot at the Democratic nomination are disrespecting their readers.
Not all runners finish the race.

Not all runners finish the race.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the media cover candidates who don’t have a realistic chance at winning?

Ryan Cooper, the national correspondent for The Week, and Dylan Byers of Politico answer it by complaining the press hasn’t treated Sanders fairly. (Columbia Journalism Review started this discussion last week.)