Yesterday, Andrew Yang’s supporters pushed the “TrumpFearsYang” hashtag amidst his appearance at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention, as The Inquisitr reported. Although Donald Trump has yet to address Yang’s candidacy, Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, did speak of it on Twitter and appeared to support the idea that Yang’s recent exclusions from mainstream media outlets are demonstrating a questionable pattern.
In particular, Parscale referenced an NBC debate promotion that left Yang off and a CNN graphic that excluded the 44-year-old entrepreneur in favor of Beto O’Rourke, who is behind him in the polls. While both of the omissions have since been corrected, they were enough to cause many to raise their eyebrows.
“So now many on the left agree with us, the media has an agenda and is not about the news. Incredible watching the media just ERASE Yang (@ 3%). I love how MSNBC says 10 names, but just puts 9 on screen.”
Scott Santens, an advocate of universal basic income (UBI) and supporter of Yang’s campaign, compiled a Twitter thread of all the times Yang has been excluded from charts and cable segments. The recent exclusions have prompted Santens and the rest of Yang’s supporters — the Yang Gang — to push the “YangMediaBlackout” hashtag to protest his treatment.
“In aggregate it looks way too weird to be an accident,” Santens said to Dominic Rushe for a piece with The Guardian.
10/ In this latest NBC graphic, @AndrewYang's positive Twitter mention percentage is literally off the charts, likely because #LetYangSpeak was a top trending keyword nationwide all day on Friday and anything over 40% couldn't be displayed… Also, no room for a 9th anyway, right? pic.twitter.com/qMHGNmKd3t— Scott Santens (@scottsantens) June 30, 2019
During a recent interview with the Nerds for Yang 2020 podcast — available on YouTube — Yang addressed the corruption of America’s media conglomerates and revealed that it’s one of two things that has surprised him most during his presidential campaign. He said he was “stunned” by how much these conglomerates have their “fingers on the scales” in different ways.
“It’s wild, during this run, I feel like I’ve now seen kernels of truth in a lot of Trump-isms honestly. Where he’s like ‘Fake news!’ and then you’re like ‘Oh come on, Trump.’ And then you look into it and be like ‘Well, there is something there.'”
In an opinion piece for The Hill, Krystal Ball addressed the questionable treatment of outsider candidates like Yang, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Sanders, and Tulsi Gabbard — all of whom don’t fit the mold in some way or another. She highlights that “without fail,” all of the candidates that aren’t from the Democratic establishment or have questioned it have been “smeared, dismissed or ignored” by the majority of media outlets.
Without fail, every candidate who has come from outside the establishment or has dared to question the Dem establishment has been smeared, dismissed, or ignored by the media. #YangMediaBlackout @AndrewYang @marwilliamson @BernieSanders @TulsiGabbard FULL: https://t.co/KTTyxsZyzY pic.twitter.com/GZGUTF5UWq— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) September 6, 2019