- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden consistently leads the pack of Democratic hopefuls in the 2020 presidential race, according to multiple favorability polls. Some analysts point to name recognition as a factor. Others cite the broadcast news media for Mr. Biden’s early winner status.

“Despite the presence of more than 20 announced candidates, Biden was rewarded with by far the lion’s share of the coverage: 77% of candidate airtime (52 minutes),” reported Media Research Center analyst Rich Noyes, in a new study of evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC during the month of April.

Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg each got less than five minutes of airtime during the month, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren manged to get three minutes.

“No other candidate received even one minute of evening news airtime in April,” Mr. Noyes wrote.

Mr. Biden got another boost, however.

“The evening news did another favor for Biden: The scandal involving his unwanted touching of several women, which dominated campaign news in early April, was largely ignored in coverage of his announcement in late April,” Mr. Noyes said.

“From March 30 through April 5, the networks spent more than 26 minutes on the scandal. But in coverage of Biden’s campaign rollout between April 23 and April 30, the scandal received a puny 92 seconds of evening news airtime,” the analyst said, noting that this mention represents a “tiny” 6% of Mr. Biden’s total coverage that week.

The study was released Tuesday.

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