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Why Is the NY Times Basically Doing a Blackout on Bernie Sanders?
The New York Times' Sanders coverage is intellectually dishonest.
By William Boardman * Alternet * July 17, 2015
The front page story is about such issues as “work force anxieties,” “shrinking middle class,” “stagnant wages,” and a growing income gap at pre-Depression levels. The candidate who has been raising these issues longer and louder than any others is Bernie Sanders. Yet the New York Times story about these issues does not even mention Bernie Sanders, although it mentions others with less credibility.
That is the level of intellectual dishonesty actually achieved by the Times in its July 13 page one story headlined “Growth in the ‘Gig Economy’ Fuels Work Force Anxieties.” Two of the most relevant words excluded from the 1700-word story are “Bernie Sanders,” even though it includes two Republican and Hillary Clinton.
It’s intellectually dishonest to write about these issues without mentioning the Independent senator from Vermont now running for the Democratic nomination for president as a Democratic Socialist. It is also deceitful and would be journalistic malpractice for anyone purporting to practice actual journalism.
But the Times has long since ceased to be “the paper of record” in this country, which no longer has a paper (or any media) of record. The Times still serves, as it always has, as the voice of the establishment. That explains the paper’s “balanced” view here of the “gig economy” and the two generations of economic suffering it represents. Reporter Noam Scheiber’s anecdote-ridden story shimmers with an upper income bias, as befits any ambitious Times reporter looking with disdainful sympathy at lesser earners driven increasingly into jobs that are variously part-time, short-term, temporary, or freelance but almost universally more insecure and lower-paying than people could expect from the American economy 50 years ago. ~snio~
Bernie Sanders has railed against such economic injustice for almost as long, but Scheiber and/or his editors lack the integrity to mention that, even when they quote a supporter of Hillary Clinton saying: “People know things are changing. They don’t feel like anyone has a handle on it. There’s a yearning for a political vision that addresses that.”
Well, yes, that seems to be true. That also seems to explain why Bernie Sanders continues to surge in the polls since declaring for president in May.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 11:39 PM (16 replies)
20 Examples of Bernie Sanders' Powerful Record on Civil and Human Rights Since the 1950s
From fighting segregation to standing against police violence.
By Zaid Jilani * AlterNet * July 20, 2015
Over the past few months, one lingering blemish on Bernie Sanders' candidacy for the Democratic nomination is his indifference to racial justice and civil rights issues.
But the truth is, Sanders has a 50-year history of standing up for civil and minority rights, as he told the attendants of Netroots Nation after he was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters. Of course, it's understandable that they want to bring attention to the movement. Killings of people from Ferguson to New York City to Los Angeles to Atlanta have finally brought important issues like police brutality, systemic racism, mass incarceration and militarization of the police into the center of national dialogue.
It is up to all candidates for the presidency, including every Democrat, every Republican and independent candidates, to address these issues in a forthright manner and to do outreach and communicate with communities that are besieged by these problems. Although his events in Phoenix, Houston and Dallas, where he loudly condemned police brutality and racism were a start, Sanders owes it to pay attention to these activists and listen to the concerns of marginalized groups whose civil rights have historically been suppressed. Sanders does have a record of fighting on these issues, and it should be only natural for him to be able to comfortably address them before a diverse audience.
Here are 20 ways Sanders has stood up for civil and minority rights, starting in the early 1950s up to the present year.
1. Raising Money For Korean Orphans
2. Being Arrested For Desegregation
3. Marching In March On Washington
4. Calling For Full Gay Equality
5. Standing Up For Victims Of U.S. Imperialism In Latin America
6. Condemned And Opposed Welfare Reform and Dog Whistle Politics
7. Vocally Condemned and Opposed Death Penalty and Prisons His Entire Political Career
8. Voted Against Cutting Off Prisoners From Federal Education Funds
9. Took IMF To Task For Oppressing Developing World Workers
10. Achieved High Ratings From Leading Civil Rights Organizations
11. Voted Against the PATRIOT Act
12. Opposed Both Iraq Wars on Moral Grounds
13. Traveled to Costa Rica to Defend Exploited Workers
14. Endorsed Jesse Jackson, Spoke Up For Palestinians
15. Strongly Condemned Police Violence Over the Past Year
16. Embraced Immigrants When Hillary Clinton Refused To Talk To Them
17. Defended Voting Rights Against Voter Suppression Efforts
18. Fought Against Employment Discrimination
19. Called For End to War On Drugs, For-Profit Prisons and Migrant Detention Quotas
20. Put Out Detailed Plan to End Economic Crisis in Minority Communities
But much of the criticism of Sanders seems more rooted in who he is — an old white guy from Vermont — than what he has done. If anything, the fact that he has done so much for civil and minority rights despite the fact that his constituency is not one that would naturally demand it speaks to his character and wide empathy that isn't shared by many politicians.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:51 PM (26 replies)
Woo-hoo! That's my candidate for POTUS.
Bernie Sanders Spent $0 On Polling, Because Really, Would It Change His Mind Anyway?
“I personally would like to, but I haven’t convinced him yet that we should," says top aide.
Julky 20, 2015 * By Sam Stein * Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has raised $15 million since April 30, when he announced his candidacy for president on the Democratic ticket. From that impressive haul, he devoted exactly $0 to polling.
This is not exactly normal operating procedure for a serious presidential candidate, which Sanders has become in his short time on the trail. Even real estate mogul Donald Trump spent $28,000 on polling services, though he says he doesn’t “want a pollster” (since if the pollster were “so good,” he'd be running for office himself). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spent $69,000 on polling out of the $2.1 million he raised, and has nary a bump in the polls to show for it.
But why is Sanders flying blind when it comes to testing public attitudes?
His top aide, Tad Devine, said it’s not because the campaign doesn’t see the utility in those numbers. In fact, the decision could end up being reversed -- for example, when or if they decide it’s in their interest to better target a media purchase.
So far, though, the notoriously frugal Sanders isn’t convinced.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:35 AM (21 replies)
Black Folks No on Bernie? Really?
JUL 10, 2015 * Daily Kos * by liberalminded
I find it disturbing that a few ostensibly Black diarists/commenters have said that "Black people don't like Bernie" and that Hillary will be the candidate of Black voters.
As a Black man, I have to say that's preposterous.
Bernie has issues on race, don't get me wrong. He should be much more out front about Black Lives Matter and police brutality, and should acknowledge that America's imperial wars abroad disproportionately affect Black communities. His staff should have more Black people, and he certainly could have done more in the Senate to reach out to Black communities.
But to act like Hillary is somehow better on race than Bernie is absolutely ridiculous--willfully ignorant of the reality of her tenure at the State Department, her votes in the US Senate, and her role in her husband's administration. For any thinking Black person to say Hillary is better for Black folks than Bernie is to be "out of their minds," to quote Malcolm. While NAFTA disproportionately affected Black communities, I have limited time here and so will focus on the most egregious example: welfare reform.
If you read the awfully-written "It Takes A Village" you will see that at every moment Hillary is repeating the argumentative tropes in favor of welfare reform. And I am not exaggerating to say that TANF was the greatest legislative assault on Black people in the modern era.
Who led the charge, intellectually? Charles Murray. Who defended Losing Ground and Murray? Bill Clinton, saying "He did the country a great service." In case some of the pro-Hillary commenters don't remember, Charles Murray wrote The Bell Curve, which was the greatest pop culture assault on Black life since Birth of a Nation.
The climate during welfare reform was racist to the core. Welfare recipients were read as Black women stealing government benefits--a trope developed by Murray and Reagan.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon Jul 20, 2015, 06:33 PM (258 replies)
The Wall Street Journal? Just Wow! Who'd-a thunk?
In This Money Race, Bernie Sanders Wins
July 17, 2015 * Wall St. Journal * by By PETER NICHOLAS
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton won the fundraising competition, but rival Bernie Sanders snagged the award for running the more frugal operation, campaign finance reports filed this week show.
Sen. Sanders of Vermont has been waging a campaign with a fraction of Mrs. Clinton’s overhead.
The Clinton campaign payroll dwarfed that of Mr. Sanders, who is running second in the Democratic field. Mrs. Clinton spent nearly $3.7 million on campaign salaries; Mr. Sanders, $112,000.
Her campaign spent more than $900,000 on polling in the quarter that ended June 30; Mr. Sanders, $0.
And on it goes.
The Clinton campaign, headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., spent about $464,000 on rent – more than 10 times what the Burlington, Vt.-based Sanders campaign laid out in rent payments.
Mr. Sanders, who has been seen traveling through Iowa in a rented Chevy, spent $47,000 on campaign travel; Mrs. Clinton, nearly 10 times that sum.
To Charts and remainder of article: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/07/17/in-this-money-race-bernie-sanders-wins/
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 19, 2015, 10:20 PM (78 replies)
Whups! Make that more like $75,000. An awesome example of how Bernie's grass-roots fund raising is becoming contagious, and will spread exponentially, as the primaries roll around.
Community Moneybomb Explodes And Raises $62,000 For Bernie Sanders In 24 Hours
By Jason Easleymore from Jason Easley * Politicus * Saturday, July, 18th, 2015, 5:26 pm
A community-based grassroots group that is supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised at least $62,000 in 24 hours. The group Grassroots for Sanders is an online community of 65,000 people that was originally founded on Reddit.
Before the moneybomb was launched, Aidan King, the founder of the Grassroots for Sanders movement, said, “We will be giving $15 dollars on July 15th to promote a 15-dollar minimum wage. We hoped to get enough people participating to make a real difference, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished today.”
Grassroots for Sanders exceeded expectations. Initial estimates are that they raised $62,000 in 24 hours. The average size of the donation was $20. Many people were donating through other methods, so it is possible that the final fundraising total will approach $75,000.
The fundraising for the Sanders campaign comes from individuals. The Senator from Vermont does not have super PAC or big corporate donors. The Sanders campaign is being funded by ordinary Americans. Sen. Sanders is building a movement to fight back against the big banks, corporations, and billionaires. Sanders has seen huge crowds turn out for him in red states and blue states alike.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 19, 2015, 07:39 PM (18 replies)
And We The People are thrilled and electrified by that one simple fact:
Bernie in Phoenix AZ
Bernie in Portland MAINE:
Bernie in Madison WI
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 19, 2015, 05:52 PM (2 replies)
The trap Hillary can’t escape: Her Bernie Sanders problem is she doesn’t understand Sanders’ policies are popular, mainstream and the future
There's a reason Clinton's economic plan sounds wooden and unspecific. She's misreading public mood and her party
SUNDAY, JUL 19, 2015 * Salon * by Bill Curry
The Clinton Express wheezed its way into New York City this week, rolling into Greenwich Village to offload another “big speech,” this time on the economy. Whoever is driving this train must have considered Cooper Union as a possible station stop; a speech Lincoln gave there in 1860 may have made him president. But this speech wasn’t that big, not by a long shot. The campaign settled on a spot a few blocks away, a smallish auditorium over at The New School.
Even that venue was a bit of a reach. The New School has a history of innovative economic inquiry dating to its 1919 founding by such progressive lights as John Dewey and Thorstein Veblen, neither of whom, it’s safe to say, would be backing Clinton today. When the school opened, the New York Times said its announced purpose was “to seek an unbiased understanding of the existing order, its genesis, growth and present working.”
The country could use a fresh, unbiased analysis of the existing order. Clinton’s speech provided nothing of the sort.
Still, it was well received in some quarters. At Vox, where much of what Clinton says is well received, Matthew Yglesias called her pledge to prosecute financial crimes “the most important words she has spoken thus far in the campaign.” It’s not saying much, as she hardly ever says anything substantive, let alone important. Yglesias likens her rhetoric to Elizabeth Warren’s, but why Warren when so many other politicians now promise the same thing? He notes Clinton’s “trust gap” with “activists focused on the issue” but says those activists can take “succor” knowing that bringing such cases is one of the few ways a “sharply constrained” President Clinton would have of “leaving a mark.”
In other words, count on her doing it because she won’t be able to do much else.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 19, 2015, 04:35 PM (142 replies)
He rocks the house in Phoenix before 11,000+ peeps, including many AAs and Latinos, with this;
"And like everybody in this room, I want to see an America where when young black men walk down the street they will not be harassed by police officers, they will not be killed; they will not be shot!" (Standing Ovation)
That's my candidate! Thank you Bernie for actually listening and responding to BLM's passion and adroitly addressing the epidemic of black being murdered by cops. GO BERNIE!!
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 19, 2015, 12:55 PM (42 replies)
The Troubling Implications of Hillary's Anti-BDS Letter
Friday, 17 July 2015 * By Stephen Zunes * TruthOut
On July 2, former secretary of state and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a strong supporter of the right-wing Netanyahu government, denouncing human rights activists who support boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation.
In the letter, made public a few days later, Clinton made a number of statements which are not only demonstrably false but raise serious concerns regarding what kind of policies she would pursue as president.
She claimed that the BDS movement was working to "malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people." Though some BDS activists target Israel as a whole, most efforts on college campuses and elsewhere focus solely on the Israeli occupation, particularly companies that profit from that occupation and support illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In any case, the BDS campaign does not "malign and undermine" Jews. This cynical effort to depict the movement as anti-Semitic could be an indication of the kind of rhetoric she would use as president to discredit human rights activists who challenge her policies elsewhere.
Clinton claims in the letter that initiatives through the United Nations critical of Israeli violations of international humanitarian law are inherently "anti-Israel," thereby implying that those who raise concerns about a given country's human rights record do so not because of a desire to uphold universally recognized ethical and legal principles, but because of an ideological bias against a particular country. Although some UN agencies have disproportionately targeted Israel for criticism, the vast majority of such reports and resolutions have been consistent with findings and concerns raised by reputable international human rights organizations (such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) and Israeli groups (such as the B'tselem human rights group and the veterans' organization Breaking the Silence.)
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat Jul 18, 2015, 02:41 PM (6 replies)