B Ernie Sanders' 2020 campaign has requested that the Washington Post Fact Checker retract its latest analysis and put forward the Vermont Senator's claim that 500,000 Americans are "corrupted" each year "Medical bills go bankrupt.
"I write regarding the analysis of the Washington Post Fact Checker dated August 28 with the headline:" Sanders faulty statistic: 500,000 medical bankruptcies per year ", wrote a senior adviser for his campaign in a letter to . Post on Saturday. "We urge the Post to seek immediate revocation and inform its readers of this decision."
The Post Checker's Fact Checker had exposed Sanders' "Three Pinocchios" for claiming that the Democratic presidential candidate had admitted to a "classic case of cherry picking a number from a scientific study and twist" to make political point.
The Fact Checker added that Sanders' study was not the cause of the 500,000 cases and that "anyone who mentioned medical bills or illnesses was one of the reasons for the bankruptcy, not just those who said it be the main reason or a big piece. "
" He says medical debt would have caused these 500,000 bankruptcies, "it said at the point of sale," Correlation, however, is not causality. "
Sanders' campaign, however, contradicted the analysis and called the "general premise" "absurd."
"The Fact Checker of the Post gave Senator Sanders & # 39; three Pinocchios & # 39; "The Campaign wrote," the post wrote, "The Post even notes that the author of the editorial has confirmed that Senator Sanders has cited his work correctly.
The letter outlined several other factual tests against Sanders in which the Washington Post was accused of a "much wider bias pattern" towards the Senator.
"We hope that you will oppose the inappropriate Reporting by Fact Checker on Senator Sanders by immediately withdrawing this latest piece, and then committing the newspaper to treat Senator Sanders in a fair, professional, and ethical manner that finally begins to pay tribute to the most basic standards of accuracy, "it concluded.
Sanders repeated the claim at least twice this month, mon l during a CNN interview and again in a tweet.
500,000 Americans will go bankrupt this year from medical bills.
They did not go to Las Vegas and blew up their money in a casino.
Their crime was that they got sick.
How barbaric is a system that says, "I'm going to destroy your family's finances because you had cancer"?
̵1; Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)
August 20, 2019
Sanders criticized the media for having beaten the "corporate media" recently. At the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, some of his staff even mistreated the press there to report the incident.