I think we are witnessing the time of Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not be Televised' and it is because we are smack in the middle of this phenomenon that it cannot be seen, especially by those who are our moral conscience like Chris Hedges, who dismiss Sanders as being a sheepdog for the Democratic Party Establishment, or worse an actual cog of the Establishment itself fooling us once again. (Come on Chris, wake up and smell the ocean).
There is evidence. Sanders has a double digit lead in polls of people under 45. Online polls, with a younger demographic, voted support of Bernie that was 80% and higher after both Democratic debates. I watched a C-span call-in show this morning. Of Democratic callers, 8 supported Bernie; 1 Hillary. One said Bernie was his first choice and Trump his second. A supporter of Trump that called in said Sanders was his second choice. Anecdotal yes, but still surprising given that Trump and Sanders are on the farthest opposites of the candidate political spectrum.
Every article I've read in the establishment media (Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post) about the Democratic primary has been dismissive and sometimes even disparaging of Sanders. Yet, the comment sections are 20 to 1 or 30 to 1 and higher in his support. Who are the Hillary supporters? Where can we find them? The discussion panels of news shows supposedly giving uncolored commentary--Begala, Grantham, Franks, McCaskill--all are Hillary surrogates. Bernie's surrogates--Jeff Weaver, Larry Cohen, Nina Turner, Tad Devine--no longer get a place at the table.
Hell, the media has already given the Democratic nomination to Hillary and are making sure Bernie gets no support from any of their mouthpieces (no journalists there). MSNBC is the worst. Under the pseudo progressive mantles of Chris Mathews, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O'Donnell, we're getting what their check-signers tell them to say. Rachel Maddow tries harder than the others and sometimes she seems pained, as if she were not allowed to talk freely. The one person who gave Bernie positive coverage on MSNBC, Ed Schultz, had his show cancelled months ago.
The media blackout, or perhaps more accurately described as dismissive coverage of Bernie's campaign is actually good news for our democracy currently on life support. It is proof that the Establishment is running scared of a true people's candidate. My gaslight, like yours Ms. DeMoro, is burning steady.