Mainstream Media Completely Ignores Bernie Sanders

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 4th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2f0ljabg/
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As Bernie Sanders crisscrosses the country campaigning, he draws record crowds everywhere he goes, but he gets virtually no attention from the corporate mainstream media.

The media blackout of Bernie

Media Matters has been keeping track of the amount of time the major media networks have devoted to coverage of all the presidential candidates in the race, and the results are very telling. Through September, 2015, the Hillary Clinton campaign had received 82 minutes of air time from the three major television networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, which is second only to the staggering amount of 145 minutes they devoted to covering Donald Trump's campaign. By contrast, from mid-April, when Trump, Clinton and Bernie Sanders announced their candidacies, the three networks have devoted a grand total of 8 minutes to covering Bernie's campaign. In other words, the networks gave Trump 18 times more air time than Sanders, and they gave Hillary 10 times more.

In the two early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, the polls have Bernie leading Hillary by double digits. In New Hampshire, Bernie's lead is full proof. Even with Joe Biden in the race, Bernie would garner more votes than Hillary and the Vice President combined.

Nevertheless, the networks have devoted over five times as many minutes (43) to covering Jeb Bush as Bernie, and Bush is a non-factor in the race, polling at less than five percent among Republicans.

Bernie's crowds

Regardless of the media's blackout of Bernie coverage, the feisty senator from Vermont draws record crowds wherever he goes. When Sanders announced his candidacy mid-day and mid-week in April in Burlington, Vermont, a small city of just over 40,000 people, he drew a crowd of over 5,500 people. In Seattle he spoke to 15,000. In Portland, Oregon it was 29,000. In L.A,, 25,000. In tiny Portland, Maine, with a population of 30,000, Sanders spoke to the largest political gathering in the state's history - over 12,000. And last night, October 3, 2015, he drew a capacity crowd of 26,000 people to hear him speak at the Boston Convention Center, with an overflow crowd of 6,000 more outside.

Why the non-coverage?

The phenomenon of Bernie drawing such huge crowds all over the nation coupled with a virtual blackout by the corporate press speaks volumes about how the powers that be manipulate the public into following the agenda they have set for the nation. Today, over ninety percent of the print, radio and television media in America is owned by just six corporations. All of these corporations do the bidding of the power elite. In fact, they are all part and parcel of the power elite. Bernie Sanders, who speaks truth to power by telling it like it is, scares them silly. He is not in their pocket like Hillary is. Ninety-nine percent of his donations have been for $100 dollars or less, and he has raised over 26 million dollars in the last quarter, equaling Hillary, whose principle donations come from Wall Street and superPACs. The oligarchs own Hillary, but they cannot buy Bernie, and this terrifies them. Thus, the blackout of the Sanders campaign.

Last night in Boston, Bernie told the massive crowd "I don't have a superPAC, I don't want a superPAC, I don't represent the agenda of the billionaire class or of corporate America, and I don't want their money."

Link: How Bernie and Hillary Stack Up on the Issues
Jeb Bush vs. Bernie Sanders

All photos from www.democraticunderground.com

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Oct 2015 (#)

It tells me that the powers that control the media are scared of him.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Oct 2015 (#)

Exactly.

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author avatar writestuff
4th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for this informative and realistic post. Mainstream media has always been in bed with corporate America, but few are likely to address the matter. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it tis.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you writestuff. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar brendamarie
4th Oct 2015 (#)

That must mean he is a real threat!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Oct 2015 (#)

He is indeed, and that is evidenced by the fact that despite the corporate media's attempt to render him invisible, Bernie's message is resonating very strongly with the American people.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Oct 2015 (#)

Nice coverage of American election scene

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Retired
5th Oct 2015 (#)

We have rules over here (in the UK) that would not allow the broadcast media to ignore a mainstream candidate in this way. But of course - as our mutual friend would point out - we're all rabid socialists here, including the Conservative Party!

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author avatar Shamarie
5th Oct 2015 (#)

I agree that the corporate mainstream media is afraid of Bernie Sanders. He is attracting many of the youth and he is not associating himself with many of the corporate networks. I really do pray that he gets the Democratic nomination! Great article, Steve!!!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Oct 2015 (#)

It proves big media hides or downplays mass movements it doesn't support. This has been the case throughout history.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Oct 2015 (#)

But not to people ignores him in Portland, Oregon people were left out of Moda Cneter to see him and see lots of support for hi, not to excitable or sexy for the stupid media?

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author avatar Carol Roach
7th Oct 2015 (#)

we all know that the media can make or break any politician

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