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    Bernie Sanders: Corporate Media is a Threat to Democracy

    December 26, 2016

    AMY GOODMAN: Today, in this holiday special, we spend the hour with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent, self-proclaimed socialist from Vermont who shocked the political establishment by nearly beating Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Since Donald Trump’s victory on November 8th, Sanders has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in Washington. He just published a best-selling book titled Our Revolution.

    I sat down with Bernie Sanders at the Free Library of Philadelphia on November 28th, a few weeks after the election. It was his most extensive broadcast interview since the election. But first we’ll turn to an excerpt of the speech he gave that night.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: People are, you know, interested in knowing, well, how did Trump win? How did he win the Electoral College? And I think one of the things that he did was tap into an anxiety and a level of pain that we don’t often see on CBS or NBC. And what he said, preposterously, I might add, is that he, of all people, was going to take on the establishment. He was going to take on the economic establishment. He was going to take on the political establishment. He was going to take on the media establishment. And people in a lot of desperation, people who are hurting, responded to that.

    remainder: https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/26/bernie_sanders_corporate_media_is_a

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  • daleanime (1682 posts)
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    1. Corporations are a threat to democracy…….

    Period

    When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • TheNutcracker (1410 posts)
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    2. Real news flash! Amy, Bernie won the primary. And

    if he knows why voters responded to Trump now….he knew they would when he spoke. Trump said many things Bernie voters responded too as well. Bernie allowed an illegitimate nominee to go forward instead of calling/throwing her OUT!

    Now he see the results we ALL predicted! And he writes a book to sell. We don’t need to buy it. We wrote it!

    Hillary took debate questions from Brazil. She didn’t have to. But she did and disqualified HERself. Before that DWS was fired after emails proved the party set it up if Bernie got 90% of the vote, he still could not win. She was fired. Hillary should have been disqualified as the party’s candidate then too. Who really needs this shit of Trump getting elected explained to them? It’s so easy. Bernie may have had HIS reasons for ‘going along’ but he doesn’t control the vote for his personal reasons of a senate chair. We get it Bernie but millions of voters don’t.

    This is the lesson here:

    Winners don’t cheat and cheaters don’t win.

    Remember that.

    • Enthusiast (5976 posts)
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      7. Plus One!

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • exindy (1303 posts)
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    3. IMHO this is a much better excerpt

    Why are we the only major country on Earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people? Why are we the only major country not to have paid family and medical leave? Why do we have a higher rate of childhood poverty than almost any major country on Earth? Why are we not dealing more aggressively with climate change? Why do we have more people in jail, disproportionately African-American, Latino, Native American, than any other country on Earth? China, four times our size, we have far more people in jail than China does. We spend $80 billion a year locking people up. Does that make sense? Is there a way out of that? What do we do when we have 11 million people who are undocumented? What does it mean to move toward comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship? In a highly competitive global economy, we once used to have the best-educated workforce in the world, 30 years or so. Our people, in this country, graduated and went to college in a higher percentage than any other country on Earth. You know what? That’s not the case anymore. And the gap between those countries who are graduating more people from college than we are is getting wider and wider and wider. What does this portend in terms of the future of our country?

    So, we lay the issues out on the table, discuss the problems and also provide some real concrete solutions. And that’s what I think we have to do as a nation. And in terms of media, there’s a chapter that says that maybe it’s time for media to start focusing on the real issues facing our country. It was embarrassing. I read this as I wrote the book. Turns out that if you looked at, I think it was, the Sunday morning shows, Bernie Sanders alone—and I say this not to boast, but to tell you how pathetic the situation is—two-thirds of the discussion or the mention of poverty took place when I was on those shows. So what does that say about a country when there’s almost no discussion of poverty, no discussion—almost no discussion of climate change, very little discussion of income and wealth inequality, no discussion of the role of the corporate media? And I’m glad that Amy is going to be up here in a minute, because what she has done is shown that it is possible, although very difficult, to go outside of the corporate media and develop your own network. But what does corporate media talk about, what do they not talk about, where do we go forward in media is a very, very important issue.

    While the corporate media might appear to be to blame, it is we the people who are primarily to blame. The “fake” news isn’t the news, it is the presentation of a slant in the news to fit an agenda and the failure of the people to insist on an unbiased presentation.

    Bolding mine to emphasize what I believe the true issues are. How Trump views those issues is not an issue. How the people are too stupid to see these as issues isn’t the issue.

    These are the issues… not all of them by a long shot… but these are the things we are NOT talking about. It’s most certainly not about personalities. To turn the discussion into one about personalities is one of the tactics to the slant. It gets us talking about people and not issues.

     

    Disclaimer: This post should in no way to be construed to be pro-Trump, nor should it be considered to be a support of his actions.
    • riverrock (5 posts)
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      4. Amen!

    • Enthusiast (5976 posts)
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      8. Plus One!

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • libodem (970 posts)
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  • Enthusiast (5976 posts)
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    6. Yay, Bernie!

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • liberal at heart (1082 posts)
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    9. Bernie sees through all the crap. Corporate media's crap and Trump's crap.