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 BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is 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 WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE.

She was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Florida nurse arrested, accused of threatening to kill Harris Oddsmakers say Harris, not Biden, most likely to win 2024 nomination, election 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