This past week, CNN came under fire for not featuring Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang in graphics about a Quinnipiac University poll, reports Newsweek.
In the image, CNN featured Beto O’Rourke, who polled 1%, as a “Top Choice for Dem. Nominee” despite Yang polling 3%. The poll did not say that the six candidates shown received the six highest percentages in the poll. Cory Booker, at 4%, and Julian Castro, at 2%, both polled higher than O’Rourke as well but were excluded from the graphic.
Vox reported that in response to Yang being left out of the image, his supporters (who call themselves the “Yang Gang”) started trending #YangMediaBlackOut on Twitter. Writer and Yang supporter Scott Santens tweeted out pictures of the CNN graphic. Santens also mentioned that in another CNN graphic, Yang’s 3% was not displayed but every candidate who polled higher than him was.
“I’ll admit I’ve never been a politician before, but the treatment of our rising national poll results has been odd and confusing,” Yang wrote in an email to supporters.
This comes after previous criticism by Yang supporters and Yang himself that his mic was turned off by NBC during the June debates. At both the June and July debates, he spoke the least amount of time of any candidate. According to CNN, NBC has denied those claims.
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