If you were to believe the media, Hillary Clinton has been the de facto Democratic nominee since before she officially started running. When Bernie Sanders does make the news in mainstream outlets it is more to question his validity than to report on his candidacy. The mainstream media, be it on the right or the left, all want you to presume that Hillary will be the eventual nominee.
There’s a reason for that. It’s the same reason that Sanders gains more and more support all the time despite the machine trying to steer us away.
Money in Politics.
Bernie Sanders is running a campaign by the people, of the people, and, breaking with typical political campaigns, for the people. Clinton, on the other hand, is more business-as-usual, with most of her campaign contributions coming from large corporate donors, such as large media companies.
The media is, expectedly, going to support the candidate they already paid for.
Time Warner is one of Hillary’s top donors and owner of CNN. CNN in turn, sows seeds of doubt for a Sanders presidency rather than educating the public, as a news organization’s job should be.
I bolded and numbered the offending portions of this excerpt from a recent CNN article.
1 But for all the good news for Sanders, he still faces the same electability question: can a 2 Democratic socialist from the 3 second-whitest state in the country win voters that 4 actually look like the rest of the Democratic Party? After Iowa and New Hampshire — 5 two overwhelmingly white states — Sanders faces an electorate that is 6 much more diverse and 7 not as familiar with Sanders, especially in the South, 8 which at the moment is Clinton Country.
9 If he can’t expand his base, 10 Sanders can tout all the polls he wants that show him doing better than Clinton in hypothetical head-to-head contests with Republicans, but 11 he won’t be the Democratic nominee.
Let’s see if we can get through all of this.
- He still faces the same elecability question because news outlets continue to ask the question rather than provide answers.
- Here, CNN takes a page from Fox News’ playbook and uses a word most people don’t understand as a negative rather than educating the public properly.
- Why does this matter?
- What does the Democratic Party look like?
- There’s that white thing again. They do know that Hillary isn’t black, don’t they?
- Yes, we get it. Minorities will have to choose the white person they feel will best represent them. I’m guessing they are insinuating that Hillary is also a minority while forgetting that Bernie is, too.
- And whose fault is that?
- Because they said so, apparently.
- It’s been expanding, steadily, since the beginning. They just haven’t been covering it.
- He has to tout all polls he can since the media isn’t covering him.
- If the mainstream media has anything to do with it, that is.
There were a lot of journalistic mistakes in that passage. It’s enough to make you question the organization as a news source. Don’t get carried away with it and start watching FOX News, though. They donate to Hillary’s campaign, too. So does NBC Universal, as well as Comcast and Viacom.
Think getting it in print will help? The owner of Reuters, along with the owners of most newspapers, including the New York Times, all contribute to Hillary Clinton’s campaign just like the other media giants.
Yet, Sanders continues to surge.