New Media Spin on Dem Debate: ‘Revenge of the Moderates,’ ‘Centrists Strike Back’

NewsBusters | 9/13/2019 | Staff
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Thursday night and Friday morning saw the emerging of a new spin from the liberal media. The 2020 Democratic presidential field now has “moderates” and “centrists.” This only makes sense of journalists fully explain just how far left the party has lurched. Instead, they simply referred to people like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg as the center.

On CBS This Morning, reporter Ed O’Keefe insisted, “Perhaps the differences most stark between those right at center stage, the national frontrunner Joe Biden, a moderate, sandwiched between two liberals, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.” Joe Biden is a moderate? His lifetime American Conservative Union score is 12. His final scores (before becoming vice president) in 2008, 2007 and 2006 were, respectively, 0, 0 and 4.

Morning - Co-host - Gayle - King - Show

This Morning co-host Gayle King began the show by pushing the same talking point: “We're going to begin with the latest Democratic debate where ten presidential candidates showed a clear divide between the parties' political center and its left wing.”

On Thursday’s Nightline, Terry Moran hyped, “It probably won't move the needle much in the polls, but after a campaign dominated by progressive voices, tonight the centrists struck back.” On Friday’s Good Morning America, Jon Karl claimed, “And the beginning of that debate, you saw the revenge of the moderates.”

Analysis - Joy - Reid - Buttigieg - Middle

In post-debate analysis, Joy Reid tried to spin Buttigieg as “in the middle.” She...
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