Analysis: Tulsi Gabbard Is Clear Democratic Favorite Of Kremlin News Outlets
An analysis of Russian state media mentions for each of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates found that former Vice President Joe Biden is clearly the Kremlin’s least favorite candidate for office and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is the clear favorite.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute “assembled a research team to read, analyze and report on what Kremlin state-sponsored news outlets say with regards to the 2020 U.S. election and the presidential candidates” in order to “understand where, why, how and for whom Russia might interfere” in the upcoming election.
The research team analyzed 1,711 Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik News articles from January 1 to November 10, 2019 that pertained to the 2020 presidential election (705 RT stories, 1,006 Sputnik News stories). Those 1,711 stories hosted 2,772 mentions of either the president, Republican candidates or Democratic candidates for president in 2020. More than half of those mentions referenced President Trump, which will be analyzed in a separate upcoming post. The team also logged an additional 319 mentions of former presidents and presidential candidates, which will be analyzed separately as well. Mentions were evaluated as “neutral,” “favorable” of the candidate or “unfavorable” of the candidate.
“The 1,203 mentions of Democratic candidates quickly illustrated the Kremlin’s preferences amongst the Democratic field,” FPRI reported, “and, in particular, who they likely don’t want to see inaugurated in January 2021.”
Biden received 331 mentions in RT and Sputnik news, and 53 percent of those were negative, indicating quite clearly that he is the least favored candidate.
Most of the other Democratic contenders, including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, received primarily “neutral” mentions — with one notable exception.
Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, was the only candidate whose mentions were mostly positive.
“Since January 1, 2019, Gabbard has been mentioned 61 times, ranking sixth in total mentions just behind O’Rourke,” the report stated, and she is “the only candidate assessed to receive more positive mentions (28) than negative mentions (6), and more positive mentions (28) than neutral mentions (27).”
FPRI noted that this is evidence that Gabbard is “the overwhelming favorite of Kremlin news outlets.”
Gabbard recently made waves among the Democratic establishment when she voted “present” during the House vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, effectively abstaining from casting judgment.