A Visual History of the #YangMediaBlackout
An ongoing historical record of mainstream media exclusions of Andrew Yang (Last Updated: 11/19/2019)
Back in June of 2019, I tweeted about the latest egregious example of MSNBC excluding Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang from their ongoing coverage of the 2020 Presidential candidates. There had been previous examples, but that was the worst up to that point because they had photos of all 20 candidates who were going to be in the first debates, and instead of including Yang as one of them, they included someone who wasn't even going to be there. I then started to add each new example as a new reply, and that ongoing thread has now been covered over and over again with each new example as a source of entertaining absurdity. It's been covered by traditional media outlets like The Guardian, Vox, and The Hill. It's also been covered by new media like Ethan and Hila Klein of the H3 Podcast for their two million subscribers.
I have gotten many requests to put the entire thread in one place outside of Twitter, so this article has been created to meet that request. Each time a new example occurs, I will update the thread on Twitter, and update this page on Vocal too.
I have also made a point here of expanding on the thread in a way I can't on Twitter, by expanding the timeline with earlier examples that had occurred before I started my thread. So instead of starting in June, this timeline starts back in March...
March 18, 2019:
Andrew Yang excluded from list of all announced Democratic candidates.
March 19, 2019:
Andrew Yang excluded again from list of all Democratic candidates.
April 17, 2019:
Andrew Yang excluded again from list of all Democratic candidates.
April 25, 2019:
Andrew Yang excluded again from list that has grown to include Joe Biden.
April 28, 2019:
During an interview with Andrew Yang, to his face, he's shown this list of all candidates, which again excludes him, even though they're talking to him.
May 17, 2019:
With the list of candidates now exceeding twenty, Andrew Yang is excluded yet again, despite outpolling seven of the candidates listed.
June 9, 2019:
Andrew Yang excluded again from list of candidates running, despite outpolling half of them.
June 22, 2019:
Listing all twenty candidates who will be in the first debate over two nights, Andrew Yang is excluded to make room for a candidate who didn't even qualify for the debate. This marks the beginning of my thread on Twitter.
June 25, 2019:
On Morning Joe, every candidate's name in the top eight is read aloud, except for Andrew Yang's. Be sure to watch the video.
June 26, 2019:
In their coverage of a MoveOn poll, MSNBC excludes Andrew Yang, despite their obviously being room for him, and it looking odd to do so.
June 27, 2019:
Despite outpolling half the stage, Andrew Yang is asked the fewest questions at the first debate hosted by NBC.
June 28, 2019:
In one of the more amusing examples, MSNBC's graphic is turned off right when Andrew Yang's name is mentioned.
June 29, 2019:
In another odd-looking example, Andrew Yang is excluded despite it looking weird to do so with four names on the left and three on the right.
June 30, 2019:
Yet again, Andrew Yang is excluded in a way that makes the graphic look like something is weirdly missing.
July 4, 2019:
In this example, Andrew Yang is either missing entirely or is located in the lower left-hand corner behind the chyron.
July 11, 2019:
Given the opportunity to describe Andrew Yang's platform, MSNBC chooses to exclude all three of his main policies: The Freedom Dividend, Medicare for All, and Human-Centered Capitalism, and instead lists six of his lesser-known policies.
August 4, 2019:
Having invited Andrew Yang to speak about the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, MSNBC cuts away while speaking to Yang to cover Bernie Sanders.
August 9, 2019:
In their coverage of the poll that qualified Andrew Yang for the fall debates, MSNBC excludes Yang.
August 14, 2019:
In this example, MSNBC includes Andrew Yang, but makes sure to put him in the very back and block him from the shot.
August 15, 2019:
Given a poll where three candidates polled at 2%, two of them are included while Andrew Yang is not.
August 27, 2019:
Given a poll where Andrew Yang polled 7th highest, CNN chooses to exclude him and leave four spaces empty.
August 28, 2019:
In their coverage of a Quinnipiac poll where Andrew Yang ranked 6th highest, CNN decides to exclude Yang and instead include Beto O'Rourke who didn't even make the top six. In a correction, they later remove Beto, but continue to exclude Yang.
September 2, 2019:
In a graphic that is obviously ordered from highest to lowest ranking in the polls, Andrew Yang is moved from 6th to 9th, while Klobuchar is moved from 10th to what should have been Yang's position.
September 5, 2019:
Listing the 10 candidates who will appear in the September debate, MSNBC lists only nine candidates. Andrew Yang is missing.
September 6, 2019:
On NBC's website full of candidates, for some reason Andrew Yang had no listed profile. This omission was later corrected.
September 9, 2019:
In one of the more infamous examples, Andrew Yang was listed as John Yang while crowdsurfing, causing #WhoIsJohnYang to trend on Twitter.
September 12, 2019:
Analysis of ABC coverage reveals Andrew Yang had been provided with two seconds of coverage despite outpolling others given orders of magnitude more time.
September 21, 2019:
Reporting on the Iowa Steak Fry, MSNBC created a graphic that excluded not only Andrew Yang, but also Bernie Sanders and five other candidates who attended the event. Snopes reached out to MSNBC to comment on this one. They did not respond.
October 3, 2019:
After hauling in $10 million in the third quarter, CNN chose to exclude Andrew Yang and instead include Cory Booker who raised $4 million less.
October 5, 2019:
In a graphic with one error, its Andrew Yang where the mistake was made.
October 13, 2019:
Reporting on the results of a Fox News poll, CNN chose to include Cory Booker, but not Andrew Yang, despite both getting 2% in the poll.
October 19, 2019:
In their reporting of the candidates with the most cash in hand, MSNBC chose to exclude Andrew Yang, and instead include Cory Booker who had less cash on hand.
October 22, 2019:
Deciding to do a special on climate change where the top seven Democratic candidates are asked about their climate change policies, the Weather Channel chose to exclude Andrew Yang, despite being ranked 6th.
October 24, 2019:
Reporting on a new poll where six candidates polled at 1%, CNN decided to include only Beto, while excluding Andrew Yang and four other candidates.
October 31, 2019:
When Andrew Yang achieved his first qualifying poll for the December debate, MSNBC chose to exclude him from the poll results, despite showing Tulsi Gabbard. They both got 5% in New Hampshire.
October 31, 2019:
When 300 schools in Iowa held a mock election, Andrew Yang got the 4th highest number of votes. Local ABC affiliates chose to display Pete Buttigieg in 4th. They later corrected their story and said all the votes hadn't come in yet at the time of reporting, but nowhere in the original story did they say the results weren't final, and despite Biden, Yang, and Pete all being virtually tied at 7%, they chose to show only Biden and Pete.
November 10, 2019:
In a report on how cable news is disproportionately covering the Presidential candidates, MSNBC chose to exclude Andrew Yang from a graphic which listed 10 candidates, including Beto O'Rourke who had already dropped out of the race. For the record, only five candidates were outpolling Yang during the week listed, and he got 0.5% of the coverage.
November 17, 2019:
In one of the most egregious examples so far, MSNBC reported on the results of a Des Moines Register poll by including every candidate who polled over 0%, except Andrew Yang who polled at 3%. Notable in this exclusion is their inclusion of Michael Bloomberg who has yet to officially announce that he's even running, and the fact there's an empty spot.
I will continue updating this story with new examples for as long as there are new examples to list. Place your bets on what the next example will be and when it will occur...
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