A New Hampshire voter told an MSNBC reporter Tuesday that the cable network's anti-Bernie Sanders coverage got her "angry" and inspired her to cast a primary ballot for him.
Sanders — a 78-year-old U.S. senator from Vermont and Democratic socialist — narrowly beat former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary while U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota took third.
What else did the voter have to say?
"The reason I went for Bernie is because of MSNBC," the woman told a reporter from the cable network.
Noticing the dark humor in her candid declaration, the reporter deadpanned "go on" while looking at the camera amid others' laughter.
"I think it is completely cynical to say that he's lost 50 percent of his vote from the last time when there were two candidates," she continued. "Now there are multiple, wonderful candidates who would be great presidents and people ... I think we can ... get behind, but the 'stop Bernie' cynicism that I heard from a number of people — I watch MSNBC constantly — so I heard that from a number of commentators, and so ... it made me angry enough, and I said, 'OK, Bernie's got my vote.'"
What has been said on MSNBC about Sanders?
MSNBC's Chris Matthews has been critical of Sanders, recently noting that the candidate's socialist ideals aren't practical: "I've seen what socialism's like, and I don't like it, OK? It's not only not free, it doesn't frickin' work."
Matthews also said in a separate segment that Sanders "is not going to be president of the United States, OK? I look back at the '72 race, I was a young volunteer for the DNC ... I've got to tell you, it feels a lot like it. A lot of giddiness, a lot of excitement, thrill about this guy." Republican incumbent Richard Nixon won the 1972 election in a landslide over George McGovern.