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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden 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 WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies 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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE.

She was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla.

— Julia Manchester