Despite calling foul, election campaign coverage remains equal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People feel strongly about the presidential candidates they like. News 4 understands that and hopes to provide all fans with equal coverage.

After News 4 aired Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speech at the University at Buffalo live on TV and online, several viewers wrote to News 4 on social media and emailed the newsroom, accusing the station of biased reporting.

The fact is, News 4 aired Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s rally in Buffalo in its entirety live on TV and online, as well. It remains available at the following link. Although the candidates held rallies at different times, News 4 can’t control timing.

Hillary Clinton’s visit was around 2:30 p.m. on a Friday. Bernie Sanders held his rally during prime-time Monday night, going well into the 8 p.m. hour. It’s a time when more people are home watching TV.

Following lengthy coverage on Sanders’ rally, some took to Facebook to describe what they described as biased.reaction

A viewer who identified himself as Gregg also sent News 4 an email, saying, “I would like to know why your station had wall-to-wall coverage of Bernie Sanders, but not Hillary Clinton? Seems your station is favoring Bernie Sanders.”

Those comments suggest those fans did not see coverage of Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon, which had the same intensity. Clinton’s coverage also had four dedicated staffers.

Despite the negative feedback, some sent notes of gratitude, including the following email, “Thank you for putting Bernie’s speech on live !!! We wanted to go but couldn’t. Thank you! People should have the opportunity to see this.”

That person didn’t identify themselves in the email.

It should go without saying, but since some people need a friendly reminder, News 4 never plays favorites with any politician. Throughout the election, the goal is providing equal coverage on every candidate.

Although News 4 can’t control the times at which candidates plan to speak, News 4 will cover the Republican candidate visits in the same way Democratic candidates were covered as they visited western New York.

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