B Ernie Sanders & # 39; 2020 campaign requested that fact-check Washington Post withdraws its recent analysis, calling on the Vermont senator's assertion that 500,000 Americans go bankrupt every year "flawed" accounts.
"I am writing in connection with the analysis of the fact-check in Washington, published on August 28, with the headline:" Sanders Incorrect Statistics: 500,000 Medical Bankruptcies a Year, "" a senior advisor on his campaign wrote in a letter to Post on Saturday. "We require the Post Office to immediately issue a withdrawal and inform its readers of this decision."
Fact-check The Post issued Sanders a "three pinocchios" claim that the Democratic presidential candidate had included in the "classic case of cherry picking scientific research and twisting it to make a political point."
The fact-finding added that the Sanders study cites no causal link in 500,000 cases and includes "anyone who mentioned medical bills or illness among their reasons for bankruptcy, not just those, who said it was the main cause or a big chunk. "
" He says medical debts caused these 500,000 bankruptcies, "notes the sales rep." However, the correlation is not a causal link. "
However, Sanders' campaign put questioning the analysis, calling the "overall premise" for him "absurd."
"Post fact-check issued a three pinokio to Senator Sanders for accurate citation of a peer-reviewed publication in the American Journal of Public Health," "The post even notes that the author of The affidavit confirmed that Senator Sanders had cited exactly his work. "
The letter outlines several other factual checks against Sanders accusing the Washington Post of a" much broader model of bias "than the senator.
"We hope that you will address the inappropriate coverage of Senator Sanders' Fact Check" ̵
Sanders repeats the request at least twice this month, once during a CNN interview and again on twitter.
500,000 Americans will go bankrupt this year from medical bills.
They didn't go to Las Vegas and blew their money at a casino.
Their crime was that they became ill.
How barbaric is a system that says, "I'll destroy your family's finances because you have cancer"
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)
August 20, 2019
Sanders is critical of the media by hitting the corporate media recently. At an Iowa State Fair earlier this month, some of its employees even directed members of the press there to cover the event.