What will pour into the media tent at the Democratic National Convention next?
On night one, it was a little water, courtesy of a leak in the roof. On night two, it was an estimated 250 Bernie Sanders supporters, who streamed out of the convention hall upon the official nomination of Hillary Clinton and flowed into the press tent, where they staged a sit-in. Reporters in Philadelphia documented the scene on social media.
Some did talk to the media, however. BuzzFeed's Dominic Holden posted a clip of his interview with Mark Van Landuyt, a Sanders delegate from California.
"Enjoy this," Van Landuyt said. "In four years, we're taking over this party. This is the future. This is the future of this country. These are the future voters. These are the future politicians. Look at them now. You can't lie to them. You can't b.s. them. This is the YouTube generation, as well. Your lies are captured on tape. They can review them anytime."
MarketWatch editor-in-chief Jeremy Olshan tweeted that the purpose of the demonstration was to attract attention from a press corps that supposedly ignored their candidate. He quoted another delegate who blamed the media for Sanders's defeat.
"Had the corporate media done their job, Bernie Sanders would have been the nominee," Oregon delegate Valdez Bravo told Olshan.
So, to review: The media lies and is the reason Sanders lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton.
These are somewhat vague arguments, so we don't know exactly what Van Landuyt and Bravo meant. But what's clear is that the gobs of attention these protesters attracted Tuesday night run counter to the idea that Sanders and his backers are shut out by the "corporate media" the Vermont senator so loved to deride throughout his campaign.
As we've noted before here at The Fix, Sanders benefited from a relative lack of media scrutiny early in the race, when he looked like a long shot and didn't face many tough questions about the particulars of his proposals. Then, when he nearly upset Clinton in the Iowa caucuses, Sanders received — if anything — too much coverage from a press corps that was eager to see a competitive contest.
The spotlight faded as Clinton racked up delegates, to be sure. Frustrated Sanders backers complained that the media was writing him off too soon; they were particularly annoyed that the press generally included superdelegates in primary tallies. Some supporters seemed convinced that Sanders was actually winning the primary — or would be, if not for those dastardly superdelegates and the lying media that insisted on counting them. These supporters were wrong. Because math.
The fact is Clinton won the pledged delegate race by a wide margin, too — a reality Sanders's most diehard backers (i.e. the people who visited the media tent Tuesday night) never managed to accept.