Dem pollster: Size of 2020 field puts media in bind

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy told Hill.TV on Friday that the size of the 2020 Democratic presidential field is going to put the news media in a bind, forcing news outlets to pick and choose who and what to cover.

"You've got the media that is going to struggle to equally cover this entire field. They have to make choices about which rallies you attend, which town halls you focus on," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"They, more than a voter, are going to look at money, look at the polling, look at the debate performance and decide who are we going to cover in larger measure," she continued. "How do we weed this down? And they, frankly, have a lot of control about what the voters follow, and where the eyeballs go."

The pollster's comments come a day after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE officially jumped into the White House race, joining a sprawling field of more than 20 Democratic candidates vying to win the party's nomination next year.

The crowded field has forced candidates who already have high name recognition to work to garner media coverage as part of an effort to break away from the pack.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Mass.), who has trailed in the polls, made headlines last week when she became the first Democratic White House candidate to say that the House should begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE.

She was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla.

— Julia Manchester