Democratic presidential candidate and universal basic income advocate Andrew Yang has been omitted and ignored by MSNBC many times, which has led to a backlash from him, supporters, and many political commentators. Despite this, it appears that the network is still having trouble covering his campaign — it recently listed the 44-year-old serial entrepreneur as a billionaire, despite Forbes estimating his net worth to be around $1 million.
Although MSNBC apologized for the error, Yang's supporters — as well as some commentators — don't appear to be buying the apology.
"At what point do Yang and the campaign have a legal case against @MSNBC?" one supporter wrote. "Telling millions of Democratic viewers he's a billionaire is blatantly libelous and will move those on the fence further away from him. It's spitting in the faces of all of us who've donated and volunteered."
"This is a straight-up lie," another supporter wrote before asking if MSNBC broadcasts similar "lies" about other candidates.
"Andrew Yang is not a billionaire," tweeted The Hill's Rising co-host Saagar Enjeti. "Seriously how does this keep happening?"
The network may have mistaken Yang for Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, who Business Insider reported recently pledged to give away $9 billion to 1,000 Twitter followers.
Previously, MSNBC mistakenly referred to the Democrat as John Yang — an Asian American special correspondent for PBS NewsHour.