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Why Does Mainstream Media Keep Attacking Bernie Sanders as He Wins?

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It is bizarre—the mainstream media’s seeming pattern of anti-Bernie bias. Perhaps, it’s built-in from how top editors staff their sections and producers choose their regular commentators. Among major media outlets, there is only one single democratic socialist (New York Times’ Elizabeth Bruenig), even though 39 percent of Americans have a positive view of socialism, and the Scandinavian-style policies are resoundingly popular. Meanwhile, many outlets feature conservatives and NeverTrumpers (Bret Stephens, Jennifer Rubin, Rick Wilson), a statistically tiny political group: 6 percent of Republicans don’t approve of Trump, according to Gallup. For an ecosystem of reporters whose sources include many donors, lobbyists, and lobbyist-and-donor-funded politicians, the popularity of a democratic socialist is confounding. And the disinterest of editors and producers in representing the views of a rather large movement has made for a giant blind spot about the size of New Hampshire....or Trump in 2016.
A lot to read. Honestly probably not even worth anyone's time to read.

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Actual progressive liberals who want fundemental change in this country are finding out what conservatives have known for years, if not decades. The media isn't there to tell the truth, or present people with facts. They're there to sell a narrative. "Fake News" doesn't mean they're completely making things up and lying. It just means they're doing their best to not tell all sides of a story, which means they don't actually fit the definition of "news."
 
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Based on what happened with Trump, that media exposure might end up being more of a positive than a negative for Sanders anyway.

And no, I don't like Trump. It doesn't mean I can't notice that the media attacks he received during 2016 ended up helping him, at least with some voters.

It's entirely plausible that Sanders, despite not being the candidate the Democratic establishment wants, will benefit from these attacks.
 
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Because Biden needs to take the nomination for the Ukraine impeachment scam to make any sense. If Sanders wins the nom then Dems will look doubly foolish trying to sell impeaching the president for trying to rig an election against someone who isn't even his opponent.

Also the DNC hates Bernie and tried to screw him in 2016, but leaking that was the crime of the century. Bernie was making the Queen look bad and he needed to know his place. And now he is trying to get uppity again but the DNC can be so blatent about screwing him.
 

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I can appreciate the fact that the author is putting a spotlight on all the negative spin against Bernie - it's impossible not to notice it - but she's guilty of taking cheap shots of her own in that same piece. Conservatives are "sowing division" for calling out the obvious? Isn't that claim itself divisive?



Anyways, while I definitely disagree with the reasoning by the Washington Post and NY Times reporters cited, Bernie is indeed the Trump of the left. He's not really one of their own and he's going to shake up the establishment in his own distinct ways.

I don't think their biggest worry is even President Bernie, it's losing the House and Senate. Dems badly want the next Supreme Court pick because if Trump and McConnell fill the next seat it'll keep it in conservative hands for decades. They'd probably prefer to suffer another four years of Trump so long as they can grab hold of the Senate. Good luck winning those downticket races with a democratic socialistic leading the party.
 

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Because the traditional democrats haven't gone so far down the hole to elect a communist.

I like how people are complicating a simple issue, GOP hate communist, Democrats still don't like them though leaning toward it if they are not far left Bernie/AOC crazies.

This is why generally the GOP don't talk about the DNC screwing over Bernie unless it's for a political advantage to pump him because they know Bernie can't possibly win if he's the nom.
 
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Based on what happened with Trump, that media exposure might end up being more of a positive than a negative for Sanders anyway.

And no, I don't like Trump. It doesn't mean I can't notice that the media attacks he received during 2016 ended up helping him, at least with some voters.

It's entirely plausible that Sanders, despite not being the candidate the Democratic establishment wants, will benefit from these attacks.
Bernie represents the populism of the left. He is by far the most popular candidate with the most grassroots support. It’s literally the same situation as Trump in 2016. The more they attack him, he more the people see through their BS.

Like that CNN hit piece that came out right before the debate in January and Warren’s scripted post-debate confrontation with Bernie. That was supposed to take some shine off him but now Warren’s campaign is dead and Bernie is still surging.

This whole situation is really making me rethink everything from 2016. I used to scoff at the “Fake News” attacks but it’s kind of impossible to miss it or ignore it when it’s being directed at your own side that you generally align with. It’s just so transparent at this point.
 

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Should've been super obvious if one was paying attention in 2016, but slow-clap for the progressives who are just now starting to realize who holds the leash. Gabbard getting smeared as a Russian / Republican wasn't enough of a wakeup? Heh, okay. 🤭

The media smeared Sanders in 2016 too. In the years to follow, Bernie Bros were regularly blamed for Hillary losing, something Hillary Clinton repeats to this day but something that has been refuted many times:



On and off he has been blamed for supposedly being instrumental in "Russia's plot to get Trump elected"


However, a wrinkle appears: back in 2015/2016, Trump latched on to the Democrat's very own "fake news" talking point.

You can't have people actually agreeing with Trump and thinking there was "fake news"! So the narrative shifted. Folks forgot how their own party acted and instead huffed Orange Man Bad paint from then until present day. It's not like these articles were hard to find (then or now) so I don't know why anyone is feigning surprise that Bernie is being smeared again. Maybe if folks weren't so busy taking the side of MSNBC and CNN this would've been addressed earlier.



Bloomberg: Why Bernie Sanders Doesn't Want Your Vote



There were plenty of follow-up stories in late 2016, 2017, and 2018 about how Bernie was cheated, but progressives Democrats still participated in the "blue wave" of 2018.

Things are different now in 2020. I actually don't buy this grassroots narrative that the media is smearing Bernie just like they did for Trump. The media isn't attacking Bernie because he's soooooo "anti-establishment" (he has caved to the DNC narrative dozens of times since 2016). The media is attacking Bernie because he's not establishment enough (there's a difference) which should cause Dem voters to pause and wonder why that is.
 
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Bernie has no spine and should he be elected will be nothing but a henson puppet with establishment democrats fist in his ass.
I wouldnt but it past them that this is some kinda strategy its no secret that no one likes the media anymore and considering the DNCs past
backfiring piet piper strat lmao they could be this stupid *tinfoilhat*
 
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They attack him for lots of reasons.

1. He can't win. Democratic socialists over the age of 30 are practically non-existent. They might as well be unicorns. Conversely, most people over 40 who hear the term "democratic socialist" are programmed to think "communist" when they do. Wolverines! He's basically a sucking chest wound on the body of the democratic party that needs to be strong in the election if they want even a chance to beat Trump.

2. Simply getting the nomination will be incredibly bad for the economy. Wall Street along with everybody else who is making good money off a strong economy is terrified of the man, for good reason.

3. If the next President wants to do good things for America he's going to need help from the Republicans. A President sitting at the far left of the spectrum is unlikely to receive any. More likely you'll see exactly what you did this presidency, an opposition party that spends all its time trying to remove the President instead of work with him/her. A centrist on the other hand has a much better shot of at least getting things done where most Americans share common ground.

All that said, I didn't think Trump could win his first election. I could be just as wrong again. :)
 

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Because Biden needs to take the nomination for the Ukraine impeachment scam to make any sense. If Sanders wins the nom then Dems will look doubly foolish trying to sell impeaching the president for trying to rig an election against someone who isn't even his opponent.
This is a dumb narrative. If Trump tried to use his position of power to gain personal advantages in preparation for possible or likely counter candidates in a reelection then this issues does not go away because the candidate happens to no be his rival in the end.
 

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I am torn on this topic. Some of these theories may seem obvious on paper. When you really look at the facts, it kind of doesn't though. The left LOVES the victim narrative, taxes, angry mobs, etc. Bernie brings all of this and maybe even magnifies it. He supports nearly all of their platform.

My best guess says that the left really doesn't want most of the things they say they are for. They know how damaging it can be, especially to their donors. They just want that illusion of effort. Which is the other part of my theory. No billionaire is going to want a guy in office who is going to tax them millions or billions more all the while demonizing them to the public as the worst possible person.
 
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oh yeah this has been obvious for a while now. unless you went through 2016 on Team Hillary none of this should be surprising or even up for debate.

why? cos yeah he threatens the money men at the top. during the 2008 bailout when everyone from Republicans to Democrats were arguing we need to just grease up and bend over and let the banks keep reaming us, Bernie was one of the only ones against it. ever since then it's been clear he is oligarch enemy #1 and he doesn't give a fuck. the latter is his best quality.

as far as him "threatening rich people everywhere" i find it hard to indulge in such fantasies like this. politicians aren't power hungry gods and it's silly to treat them like that. i believe Bernie is going to guillotine the rich as much as i believe Trump is going to become a fascist dictator. both extremist strawman projections from bad faith arguments. this is part of the media's game. ultimately if you are peddling these narratives you are just doing CNN's work for them.

Bernie is a voice for change. if we only get 5% of what he promises to me that will be a step in the right direction. i think this is true for a lot of people. the media wants the narrative that he's all or nothing, all the Bernie bros. want only total revolution, all this other crap. they find some nut posting online and pretend millions of people think this way. if you take your marching orders from CNN then you probably believe that...
 
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yeah, the uber rich have enough safeguards in place. i don't think Bernie is going to take them down. that would be amazing but no lol.

one big reason i think the media has it out for Bernie is they are Always Online and they won't shut up about how rude Bernie fans are on social media. this seems to be the main sticking point, how Bernie stands don't do Twitter correctly! sorry we won't vote for you because your fans are rude on the internet (how dumb is this?)!

we even recently had it come out that a Super PAC was formed to stop Bernie and the reason they decided to not disclose the people behind it was "toxic Bernie bros". they are literally being used as an excuse for shadowy people to manipulate the election.



note how they group Bernie bros in with MAGA hats. this is a common tactic for the anti Bernard cult.
 
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Because the traditional democrats haven't gone so far down the hole to elect a communist.

I like how people are complicating a simple issue, GOP hate communist, Democrats still don't like them though leaning toward it if they are not far left Bernie/AOC crazies.

This is why generally the GOP don't talk about the DNC screwing over Bernie unless it's for a political advantage to pump him because they know Bernie can't possibly win if he's the nom.
I don't think you know what Communism means and you're just using it as a fearmongering buzzword to demonize Bernie Sanders. 🙄

Communism is a political & economic system with a classless society, where everything is "publicly" owned.

Democratic socialist (eg. Bernie) believe in "private" ownership, but the government prioritizes improving citizen lives, instead of corporate handouts & bailouts for the rich:

 
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So anyway as I said, the Democrat party, at least the ones not too far radical, don't want to elect a communist to office, and generic standard DC excuses won't change their views, so they won't let him win unless they managed to control him a bit more like when they got him to endorse Clinton and betray his fans for a new house or whatever.
 
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bernie needs to hire better people, i keep saying this

i'll keep saying this

i would fucking rain an ungodly fucking fire storm on msm

binding resolutions
 
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bernie needs to hire better people, i keep saying this

i'll keep saying this

i would fucking rain an ungodly fucking fire storm on msm

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He hired someone that could have helped with that, then fired him 24 hours later because of "controversial" videos he had made in the past. The guy that created this viral video a few months back: