|Are all candidates being treated equally?|
What I found was this: Out of 60 candidate mentions on this page and on this day (August 23, 2015) 15 mentioned Democrats and 45 mentioned Republicans. So if you were a Republican you were three times as likely to get mentioned, but since there are three times as many Republican candidates mentioned we can see some sort of fairness patterns here in the coverage with an average of 3.75 mentions per Republican or Democratic candidate. No harm, no real foul here.
|The breakdown of 60 headline mentions on CNN Politics page on August 23, 2015. The poll numbers were averages taken from Real Clear Politics (1,2).|
Now getting back to the original questions about liberal bias and Bernie… It is hard looking at these numbers to make the argument—at least in this outlet and on this day—that we are seeing liberal bias even in this progressive venue. That said the numbers do support the idea that Bernie Sanders is not getting his due in terms of coverage at about 50 % of what his poll numbers would indicate that he should receive. The numbers are—for better or worse—what they are and not conclusive other than they raise some legitimate questions about fairness and what we have lost since the Fairness Doctrine was removed from the political landscape.