On Tuesday’s Conan, Sen. Bernie Sanders had some sharp criticism of the media for its coverage of the election. He specifically called out network and cable news media, saying, “What the media loved was the fact that Trump would say one absurd thing after another, ugly things about people we have never heard before from a presidential candidate. You know what? That was great TV. That was great TV. CNN’s ratings went way up.”
Sanders went on to explain that the media failed to inform the public on issues that genuinely affect millions of Americans. He said, “Turn on network news tonight and watch it for the next year. See how much coverage there is about climate change, which is threatening the existence of the entire planet.”
Thankfully, Sanders said, those who watch the news have the power to fix the problem. “I think the American people have got to demand more out of media. The American people have got to demand that media talk about the issues that impact our lives.”
Conan airs weeknights at 11 p.m. on TBS.
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