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All Three Networks Ignored Bernie Sanders' Speech Tuesday Night, 'Standing By For Trump'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 16/03/2016 Ryan Grim

As Bernie Sanders took the stage on Tuesday night, the cable networks continued doing what they do best -- talking. 

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC all declined to carry Sanders' speech, instead offering punditry about the evening, with the chyrons promising, "AWAITING TRUMP" and "STANDING BY FOR TRUMP."

Earlier Tuesday, The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reported that the media have collectively given Trump some $2 billion worth of free air time. 

Thanks to Trump's ability to drive ratings and generate controversy, as well as his unmatched accessibility -- notably by phone -- TV networks have covered the candidate nonstop since he entered the race last summer. Numerous rallies and press conferences have been aired live, while sexist and bigoted remarks typically result in a flurry of TV interviews. After canceling a rally Friday night, Trump dominated cable news by calling into CNN, MSNBC and Fox News for a total of 48 minutes in under an hour. 

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