Bernie Sanders and the MSM Attacks [updated]

MSM and Obama
MSM and Sanders
The Big Question: Why?

All presidential primaries have three basic components: the public/voters, the candidates with their respective party, and the main-stream media (MSM).

Generally speaking, the MSM elects the winner and loser candidate with its power to shape public opinion. Wow. That’s some claim, isn’t it? You would accept/reject that proposition depending on your political inclination, that’s a fact. Chances are some progressives would agree with my claim. It is not for nothing that the MSM is called the fourth power, and that governments all around the globe fight to control it: it can start or stop a revolution.

For example:

Protesters scuffle with police along inaugural route WASHINGTON (AP) George W. Bush’s motorcade lurched through the largest inaugural protests since Richard Nixon on Saturday, enduring thousands of protesters who hurled insults, bottles, tomatoes and an egg. Protesters clashed briefly with police clad in riot gear at a few flash points while Bush remained inside his armored stretch car for most of the parade up a soggy, cold Pennsylvania Avenue. Police ordered the motorcade to slow in anticipation of some protests, and then to speed through others. A couple of protesters threw bottles and tomatoes before the presidential limousine arrived, and one hurled an egg that landed near the motorcade, the Secret Service said.

The MSM didn’t show to the public the massive protest (lots of African-Americans too) on George W. Bush’s first presidential inauguration  after stealing the elections (remember?), and the push-and-shove with the police. Here, pick any article.   Because of that omission a people’s ‘spring revolt’ of sorts was crushed and, to  this day, people believe that the American public passively accepted the Florida decision on the Gore vs Bush election. So, let’s take that first sentence in the paragraph above as true, if only for argument sake. (See my post explaining how MSM’s uncritical support is a payout to Sanders for his vote for the Stimulus Package that saved Wall Street.)

MSM and Obama

In addition, for all the ‘hope and change’  and the  revolution of the Obama primary campaign vs Clinton in 2008, the MSM basically hanged Hillary Clinton (HC) to the high tree of misogyny for all to see, and stood by Obama. Even Fox News capitalist owner, Rupert Murdock fell totally in love with Obama.

This is Rupert Murdoch gushing over Obama:

“He is a rock star. It’s fantastic. I love what he is saying about education. I don’t think he will win Florida…..but he will win in Ohio and the election. I am anxious to meet him. I want to see if he will walk the walk.”
The Perfect Storm or How Obama is going to wreck this country

Clearly, when the capitalist owner of news corporation  like Fox News feels like that about ‘revolutionary’ Obama, it could only mean that Obama is not a ‘red threat’ to the capitalist elite. That link is to my blog for the 2008 primaries where I correctly described how Obama was going to stand for Wall Street. Sorry, people, it did happen. I had other hit-and-misses there.

Denying that it was the MSM who gave Obama his victory with its attack on HC, shows lack of awareness of the tools used by its propaganda machine (the use of psychological techniques, manipulation of language and images…), or gross opportunism. Hey, these techniques are in the curriculum of colleges and universities, it’s not ‘conspiracy theory’.

MSM and Sanders

Today’s democratic primaries is deja-vu all over again, with the difference that today the MSM is hanging HC on the tree of ‘dishonesty’. The email gossip has not stuck and, today,  misogyny is not PC, it can’t be blatantly used day in and day out as they used to do in 2008. They have to find something to destroy her, so they hammer on ‘honesty’. [See True Reasons Why Hillary Is Unelectable ] But, they can’t attack one candidate and ignore the other. The MSM follows attacks on HC with propaganda about how ‘trustworthy’ Bernie Sanders is. Three examples:

Bernie Sanders, Your Cool Socialist Grandpa    NY Times

Hillary Clinton has a major honesty problem after New Hampshire     WaPo

Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton on honesty, battle against Wall Street  NY Daily News

Sanders has profited from the media’s lack of interest in challenging his self-presentation as a kind of non-politician. He’s similarly benefitted from his mostly-unchallenged self-presentation as a kind of happy warrior — angry and loud, yes, but in a lovably earnest kind of way. The Clinton campaign has desperately tried to get the media to challenge this image.  Salon

Charles Koch: This is the one issue where Bernie Sanders is right [added 2/19/16] – uber elitist conservative capitalist endorsing Sanders at the Washington Post.

The Big Question: Why?

That’s the missing question during both the 2008 and in today’s primaries campaigns: Why did the MSM worked for Obama and is today working for Sanders, two ‘socialists’ supposedly questioning the sacrosanct capitalist system? You have to be dead wood to not have wondered about this, if at least once on a trip to Wal-Mart.

That question can not  and should not be asked by the public because the answer is more dangerous to WS and the ‘corrupt elite’ than Obama and Sanders ‘socialist-revolution’ campaigns. The MSM must keep the elections to the level of personality battles: who is more ‘honest’, more ‘likable’…

A public with no political acumen can’t ask the pertinent questions. The job of the MSM is to prevent the public from going there. There’s got to be a reason why they hate HC more than some ‘socialist’. You can bet your house it is NOT because she is ‘dishonest’.

Why is it that two candidates considered ‘long shots’ are openly supported by the MSM? Why is the historical bogey man, socialism and ‘revolution’, together in one sentence, not causing a barrage of ‘red scare’ alerts in the MSM? Even Silicon Valley tech elite is with Sanders.

Clearly Sanders is no threat to the capitalists. Period.

“In November 2015, Sanders announced that he would be a Democrat from then on, and will run in any future elections as a Democrat.”


Voted YES on $192B additional “anti-recession” stimulus spending. (Jul 2009).Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic “recovery” package. (Feb 2009).Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006) Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)In 2000, Sanders voted with republicans for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, a landmark bill that blocked federal agencies from regulating credit default swaps — the complex contracts at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis.


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