The Washington Post’s War on Bernie Continues
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The headline of their sole report on the platform: “Sen. Bernie Sanders Changes Medicare-for-All Plan in Face of Opposition by Organized Labor.” To justify such a spin, the paper seized on just one detail from the plan — a mandate that employers raise employee wages with savings from Sanders’s separate Medicare-for-All bill — and framed it as a flip-flop on Medicare for All, rather than what it actually was: a clear win for the labor movement that’s in line with everything Sanders has argued for his entire political life.
The headline (which has since been slightly edited) was a blatant lie. Sanders didn’t alter a word of his health-care plan, on which he’s campaigned consistently for years. His labor platform simply concretized the labor-friendly side effects of Medicare for All, which has always been far better for workers than any competing proposal.
As a stand-alone occurrence, this would have been an upsetting, but forgettable, case of biased reporting. But it continues a disturbing trend in the Washington Post’s 2020 coverage. Here are some of the worst examples.
When Kamala Harris actually flip-flopped on health care by abandoning Sanders’s Medicare-for-All bill in favor of a plan to permanently preserve private insurance, the Post rewarded her with an editorial board op-ed framing her proposal as a favorable alternative to Sanders’s. They claimed Sanders’s bill is “disruptive, expensive,” and “unrealistic,” while baselessly claiming Harris’s plan is “equally, if not more, serious” about achieving universal coverage. (To clarify the facts: Sanders has an actual legislative bill that would guarantee universal coverage in four years. Harris has a Medium post that aims to get there in ten.)
I can’t believe people trust the Washington Post.
November 30, 2019 at 11:22 PM #232612N2DocParticipant
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Well I sure don’t trust them. Part of the propaganda spewed out of DC is that we should trust them, Which we can’t.
December 1, 2019 at 12:24 AM #232619daleanimeParticipant
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I have complete trust in the Washington Post. I trust them to lie whenever it benefits corporations/their owner.
When the going gets tough, the tough help each other.
December 1, 2019 at 12:53 AM #232624Ohio BarbarianModerator
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It’s the Bezos Post, or the Amazon Post, take your pick. The paper that risked everything to challenge a President who was abusing his power in the 70s is no more. Now it’s just asswipe to throw the shit of the richest man in human history on our plates and tell us it’s chocolate.
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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December 1, 2019 at 5:31 PM #232745salemcourtParticipant
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It is actually a front organization for the CIA.
December 1, 2019 at 6:54 PM #232775David the GnomeParticipant
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Shameless. Completely shameless and lacking in anything remotely resembling integrity. Just like their support for propornot. Anyone who publishes this shit needs to be called out.
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