Throughout the summer, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has increasingly wilted at the polls.
Now, with the strong performance from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at the Tuesday Democratic debate, the Democratic Party machine has started to panic — and it looks like they’re using the media to push back.
News outlets like the New York Times, CNN, Slate, Politico, and New York Magazine all declared Clinton the debate winner.
The Associated Press proudly reported that Clinton’s backers were calling the debate the best two hours of her campaign and supporters received a fundraising email from President Bill Clinton with the subject line “She won.”
But there’s just one problem — the public seems to have declared Sanders the winner.
Social media metrics showed Bernie Sanders was the most-searched candidate on Google and most-discussed on Facebook and Twitter. Numerous focus groups conducted by CNN, Fox News, and more all named Sanders the clear winner for the debate. AlterNet also reported that Sanders won the CNN/Time online poll, Slate online poll, The Street online poll, Fox5 poll, the Drudge poll and the Daily Kos poll.
And Sanders’ supporters believe that mainstream web sites are keeping them from defending their candidate and questioning Clinton’s performance.
Some Sanders backers are accusing these sites of deleting their pro-Sanders comments.
The Associated Press contributed to this article