But Not According To NBC
The host network was NBC. As soon as the spin room had closed, the eight-person line-up of analysts included Hillary supporter David Axelrod. This heavy-weight in the Democratic Party was brought in, it seems, to be the main advocate for claiming a Clinton win. It was Hillary all the way.
The social-media folks supported Sanders big time. According to his web site, 27 out of 30 undecided South Carolinians who participated in a Park Street Strategies focus group tagged Bernie as the winner. He also won as the most researched candidate on Google, picked up the most followers on Twitter, was the most discussed candidate on both Twitter and Facebook, and raised the most money -- $1 million -- averaging about $28 from 36,000 contributors.
The campaign report also said, "Sanders won the online TIME Magazine poll with 87 percent of the vote and won an online Univision poll with 68 percent of the vote." Comments from the New York Times (1/18/16)
In view of the above was this rather odd quote from Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press": "Who's the front runner? If you only watched the debate and didn't read the polls, you might assume Sanders."
And then this one from John Podhoretz, editor of the ultra-conservative Commentary magazine: "Just filed my debate column. Preview: I hope Hillary had a good lunch yesterday, because somebody ate hers today."
And this summary by Chris Kofinis from the Democratic-leaning voters in his focus group: "From the beginning, Clinton was perceived as too negative toward Sanders. The attacks not only didn't resonate, they made him appear even stronger as he was able to reinforce his message in response."Bernie in Birmingham
Alabama is one of the thirteen SuperTuesday states that will hold their primaries or caucuses on March 1st. Bernie spoke to a crowd of 7,000 in Birmingham on the Monday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Birmingham News devoted most of its coverage over the controversy that arose because the rally was held in a school facility that was used as a "warming shelter" for the city's homeless. Some residents thought that this undercut Sanders' claim that he cared about the poor. In the end, the city officials were the ones who made the decision to rent out the hall. The Sanders' organizer had had no idea that the homeless would be displaced. He told the press that if they had known, the campaign would have helped set up cots as soon as the rally ended at nine and people would have brought in blankets, coats and food. 
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