Clearly, the idea of having a successful Asian male presidential candidate is too much for some audiences to handle.
Last night, CNN was caught red-handed after omitting Andrew Yang from their latest graphic for “Top Choice” Democratic nominees and was shortly accused of deliberately hiding the presidential hopeful from the public eye.
CNN: “We have decided that if @AndrewYang didn’t exist, these would be the top 6 from the Quinnipiac poll, so despite Yang polling 3% in this poll, there is no point in displaying him in the top 6.”#YangGang #Yang2020 #WhoIsAndrewYang? pic.twitter.com/S3geCQ0HC9
— Scott Santens (@scottsantens) August 28, 2019
CNN apparently thinks 1% > 3%, as long as it means Beto makes it on the graphic and Andrew Yang doesn’t. pic.twitter.com/iebJXwCBBC
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) August 28, 2019
— Joe Wong (@JoeWongComedy) August 29, 2019
The #YangMediaBlackout is out of control. I find it disgusting to see networks such as CNN and MSNBC deliberately hiding @AndrewYang from the public eye. Once or twice might be accidental, but they seem to do it whenever a poll shows Yang surging.
The #YangGang deserves better. pic.twitter.com/CmWiwqOPUj
— Detective Luis (@detectiveluis_) August 29, 2019
— YANG GANG 2020🇺🇸 (@YANGGANG20202) August 28, 2019
This isn’t Yang’s first time being mistreated by the media, in June, he was completely left out of MSNBC’s list of 2020 democratic presidential candidates.
Earlier this month, Twitter users also pointed out that CNN had allegedly taken down at least two different videos of Anderson Cooper interviewing Yang.
#YangGang should get this retweeted and spread across the interwebs?? Maybe make @CNN @CNNPolitics answer to why they are committed to taking down the @AndrewYang and @andersoncooper post-debate interview. RT!! #LetYangSpeak https://t.co/g3x89Nlh72
— Paget Kagy (@PagetKagy) August 22, 2019
Since CNN’s latest mishap, Yang responded to his loyal Yang Gang in an email:
“Now you may not realize it from this image, but we were actually ahead of one of the candidates in this poll,” he wrote.
“In fact — in several of the polls released this week — we have been leading more than one of the candidates in this graphic.
“I’ll admit I’ve never been a politician before, but the treatment of our rising national poll results has been odd and confusing.
“That said, this tells me one thing — it’s important for us to send a message before the September debate that our movement is real and growing. And, most importantly, cannot be ignored.”
The presidential hopeful was undeterred by the situation and looked to greater possibilities in the future, writing, “The trend of this campaign is already very positive — think where we could be if we received the same level of coverage as folks like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden. “
“We must prove to everyone this is a movement that can’t be ignored. And the power to do that is in your hands now. Let’s do this Yang Gang!”
On Twitter, Yang addressed the situation in another tweet, adding, “I’ll admit to finding some of the treatment of our national poll results to be odd and confusing. I don’t think my picture looks THAT bad.”
— Zach G (@ZG1788) August 28, 2019
— AndrewYangTrain (@andrewyangtrain) August 29, 2019
In response to the buzz from social media, CNN has invited Andrew Yang to appear on Christopher Cuomo’s show tonight.
Featured image via Instagram/@AndrewYang2020