Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE leaned into his critique of the news media on Friday, arguing in an interview with The Hill that the news media’s coverage of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is a “microcosm” of the issues facing the country.
“We’re operating in a world where the incentives are skewed towards networks, maximizing what they think is going to be their viewership and engagement at every level,” Yang said. “So in a way, what’s happening with our news media, and the coverage of Donald Trump, is a microcosm of what’s gone wrong in the country.”
Yang, who has criticized coverage of the Trump White House as a “reality TV show,” clarified Friday that he did not blame members of the press for the coverage of Trump, but rather the business incentive for news organizations to attract consumers.
“If you look at our country at this point, market incentives have dominated just about every aspect of American life. It’s why our drug prices only go up. It’s why college has gotten so expensive. It’s why there’s so many problems,” he said.
“So in a way, I don’t blame the news media because they’re in an industry that’s very competitive. The technology and automation wave has disrupted many media jobs the same way it’s disrupted many others.”
The entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate has been critical of the news media’s coverage of the Trump administration in the past.
He hit the media’s coverage of Trump’s shifting policy proposals in a tweet on Thursday:
Donald Trump: “Here’s a dumb idea.”
Press: “Can you believe his latest dumb idea? I can’t stop talking about it!”
Trump: “I am rethinking my dumb idea.”
Press: “Good! Give us another one to talk about please.”
This is the reality TV show.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 22, 2019
Yang’s comments about the press’s handling of Trump come as a number of other candidates have criticized the media’s coverage of the administration and the 2020 presidential election. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) has repeatedly lashed out at what he has called the “corporate media,” singling out outlets like CNN, NBC and The Washington Post. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s campaign has also criticized the press at times, saying coverage of their campaign has focused too much on Biden’s gaffes. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) have both also called out the press, arguing the news media should take a tougher line with Trump when it comes to issues pertaining to race. Click Here: Cheap Chiefs Rugby Jersey 2019