Bernie Sanders Has Exposed The Madness Of The Pundit Class

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    • #277405
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      The pundit class, which includes people like James Carville and every pundit on cable news, are losing their collective minds over Bernie Sanders’ campaign and the fact that he continues to win. The same thing happened to this group in 2016 over Donald Trump, and there’s a good reason for this: They are sick and tired of being wrong. They haven’t been paying attention, and the country went and changed without them. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains how this happened.

      After Bernie Sanders’ stunning victory in Nevada this past Saturday, we saw lots of articles start popping up, some good, some bad, but all with the same general theme, which is Bernie Sanders can win this thing. And again, some of them said that in a positive way. Others said it more as a warning, Bernie Sanders could win this thing. But here’s the bottom line. Bernie Sanders right now, his entire campaign, his ascension to the top of the Democratic field has left the entire pundit class scratching their heads and angry and I know why they’re angry.

      Now it’s, it’s not all just because of the money thing that he wants to make them pay more in taxes. Here is what it comes down to, and we saw this in 2016 with Trump as well. The conventional wisdom failed. In fact, today, the conventional wisdom is that there is no conventional wisdom and that is something that the pundit class refuses to accept. These are people who built their entire careers by going on cable news shows and telling us what was happening in politics. They were always right. We were the uneducated masses. They told us this, we praise them for it. They advise some of the most powerful people in the country that won these enormous elections and we were supposed to just blindly accept what they had to say and right up through that 2016 election, for the most part, the public did. They thought these people, these men and women, they know better than us. They are, they’re involved in it. They’re in DC. They’ve advised these people, they know what’s happening. And then election night 2016, all of them were proven wrong and be honest, I got a lot of 2016 wrong as well.

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #277410
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      Hi sos,

      Yep – when news became entertainment and the fairness doctrine was rescinded and media consolidation was allowed, we entered a no man’s zone where pundits became celebrities beholden to their corporate pay masters.  In other words the news was no longer accountable to itself or the people. Instead, the news became propaganda serving the interests of Oligarchs, Corporations and Banks.  And within a short time span the pundits became parrots for power and corporate agendas.  All of which leads to today wherein we witness the relentless defense of neo-liberalism and the rabid denunciation of democratic socialism.  And none of it will change substantially until we enforce anti-trust laws dismembering media empires while also reinstating the fairness doctrine to enable a fairer representation of the news.


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    • #277411
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      as $aying what their $pon$or$ want.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

      • #277497
        The Red Menace
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        But moreover… they really buy their own bullshit. There’s no point after they get off air that Tweety or Carville or Blitzer go “Boy that was a fucking stupid segment they had me do,” they absolutely, truly, madly believe the things they are saying. It’s how they get and keep their jobs.

    • #277414
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      That is a good write up! Unfortunately I think it is working for Bernie but I feel like it is not happening with down ticket as far as people not wanting the the same old. We have a congressional race with a fantastic lady running! Green new deal anti  war and anti massive military budgets.  The Dems just can’t stand the thought of risking a vote for her over the gun loving, timber loving, oil loving, currant congressmen’s who’s ideas on infrastructure is bigger highways!

      the funny thing is she is doing well in smaller towns South of us, the traditionally conservative towns who have been screwed by the timber industry.


    • #277415
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      what with 24/7 indoctrination, press ownership by a handful of billionaires, radio stations reduced to ‘one size fits all’

      Pundits paid WAY more than they deserve to parrot their bosses bidding makes for essentially state-owned media. The ideal of a’free press’ is just that: an ideal who’s day has passed.

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      They all know they’re lying.

      They all know, on MSDNC, they’re spewing propaganda for the DNC.

      On Fox, they all know they’re spewing RW propaganda for the RNC. Fox used to receive daily talking points every morning from the RNC. I assume they still do.

      I will assume MSDNC now receives  daily talking points from the corrupt DNC.

      The same goes for the Clinton News Network which is just as bad as the other two government propaganda networks.

      We have become the U.S.S.R.

      There is no truth on TeeVee. They don’t cover Assange. They don’t cover Bernie rallies. They don’t cover Climate Change. They don’t cover the 500,000 homeless on our streets. They ignore the 9 fucking wars we started.

      They cover nothing meaningful to the working people in this country.

      One would think they want an ill-informed electorate. 🙄

    • #277459
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Their confusion, anger, and fear of what they don’t understand is palpable. When they go for a drive, they look into the rearview mirror and see the dustbin of history gaining on them in the form of a man they always despised because he has(gasp!) principles.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #277480
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      People don’t do more stupid things than in the past. We are only more aware of it because folks have a social media platform to advertise moronic behavior.

      It wasn’t until the internet that we truly discovered the full breadth of lying, cheating, stealing and otherwise, downright stupidity of those that are being billed as experts.

      This comprehensive, expanding lack of faith in almost all institutions is both good and bad. Good that we are not so easily coerced. Bad because some elements of the population have taken it to an extreme. For example, disbelieve of climate scientists or the CDC. Some folks choose the easy route of not believing ANYBODY instead of using critical thinking skills to discern truth.

      Having said that, it is so damn easy to see the dishonesty in cable news. A never ending loop of irony and hypocrisy.

      "I welcome their hatred" Franklin D Roosevelt

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