I listened to the BBC news last night. They correctly reported that the Green parties were the big winners, but then they interviewed representatives of the big loser parties and gave extended coverage to the right wing groups. Precisely because the BBC’s editors couldn’t wrap their heads around the Green parties gaining so well, their victories simply could not have happened, so that’s what the BBC reported.
Then it happened again! On (USA) National Public Radio this morning, they reported the facts quickly and then the NPR reporter chose to interview a leader of one of the losing parties, and chose to ask him about the National Front’s big gains at his party’s expense. The poor interviewee was forced to point out to the reporter that his party’s losses were almost not at all to the anti-immigration parties but to “the Liberals and the Greens,” incorrectly putting the Liberals first. The U.S. reporter could not be deterred, asking his victim a followup question about the right wing’s victory.
What this means for the 2020 Democratic primary is that, even though one poll had 96% of the likely voters naming catastrophic climate change as a major issue (and that poll was skewed, so 97% is more likely!), no media editor is going to remotely imagine that this climate change thing has any legs at all. So, after Bernie wins, they’re going to exclusively interview all of the losers to ask them what personal failings caused them to lose.