Andrew Yang's Mysterious Absence From NBC Debate Promotion Sparks 'YangMediaBlackout' Hashtag

Tyler MacDonald

In what appears to be another addition to the line of frustrating omissions from mainstream media charts for presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his followers, the rising businessman was excluded from an NBC graphic promoting the upcoming debate on September 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

Yang addressed the omission Thursday night on Twitter and suggested that NBC might have "miscounted," although he highlighted numerous other similar instances of exclusion. Many of his followers began again pushing the "YangMediaBlackout" hashtag that they recently used in response to CNN omitting Yang from one of their graphics.

Not long after, Yang's campaign manager, Zach Graumann, pointed out on Twitter that — despite polling in sixth place — NBC bafflingly excludes Yang from their official list of 2020 candidates as well.

Despite outcry from his many supporters, which mirrors the clash of Bernie Sanders supporters and mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post, Yang continues to be excluded from mainstream media on a fairly regular basis. Per The Inquisitr, Yang has been ommitted from MSNBC's charts on numerous occasions.

Mathematician Eric Weinstein highlighted one instance of purported bias against Yang on Twitter, pointing to a case where the host appears to stand in front of the 44-year-old entrepreneur to keep him out of the picture. He suggests the choice was due to Yang not being "on their team" and claims it means Yang is "not under control."

"This isn't the first time the media has struggled with how to cover an unconventional candidate," the report reads. "HuffPost famously made the decision to include news about Donald Trump's candidacy as part of its 'entertainment' coverage."