Throughout the United States primary season we have seen plenty of examples of the American news media not only reporting political developments in the race for the White House but playing a central role in them - especially when it comes to the number of hours given over to Republican candidate, Donald Trump, or the tone of inevitability when it comes to the coverage of Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

You would have to be incredibly disingenuous to not acknowledge that the class interest of the media informs their coverage.

Adam Johnson, journalist, Alternet

The media's preoccupation with Trump is not necessarily ideologically driven - rather it's economic because in the cable news industry he guarantees ratings.

On the Democratic side, much time - at least at the outset - was dedicated to Clinton, as opposed to her adversary, Bernie Sanders.

Some say that unlike Trump, that is not because of ratings, but rather what she represents in terms of the US political establishment, as well as bringing the tacit approval of Wall Street and corporate backers, some of whom own news channels that produce that coverage.

Robert McChesney, of the University of Illinois, explains, "When you have institutions that are owned by very powerful corporations, they don't have to walk into a newsroom and say do this and do that necessarily. The culture makes it pretty clear and editors, producers, get with the programme or they get phased out of the newsroom at some point. It's a much more subtle and sophisticated arrangement than some sort of blatant autocrat, marching to the newsroom and demanding a story get covered this way or that way."

And this week, when Hillary Clinton clinched that crucial victory in the New York primary, the mainstream media narrative of her inevitability, her "electability", was back. 

Talking us through the story are: Sabrina Siddiqui, political reporter, The Guardian US; Robert McChesney, University of Illinois; Adam Johnson, journalist, Alternet; and Nikki Usher, George Washington University's School Of Media And Public Affairs.

Source: Al Jazeera