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Thank You, Bernie Sanders. Screw You, New York Times.

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/10/thank-you-bernie-sanders-screw-you-new-york-times

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So, the purveyors of neo-liberalism, war and elitism have told us it’s okay now to consider a better world? Oh, thank you, NY Times. Missing, though, is the fact that almost all of your reporting celebrates the unjust, unequal world we live in now and your part in gas-lighting us into accepting it. Disingenuous much?
Media institutions like the NY Times, the Washington Post, and all of cable and network news have made a grave error - and done us all a great disservice - in deciding that their role in society is to pick one side of the elites over the other and to slant their coverage in favor of faux partisan battle. As a result, they have lost all journalistic credibility and are far removed from the reality of the population they attempt to persuade.
Just ask anyone under the age of 45 what they think of these institutions. Gen-Xers, Millennials, Zoomers, these generations have grown up with nothing but never-ending war, increasing racial inequallity, insider favoritism, escalating gun violence, housing and economic crises, crushing student debt - an American Dream flat out denied. They know that establishment/corporate media do not reflect this reality. So, it’s rich that the NY Times thinks they might fool any one of them. Or are they just trying to help baby boomers and rich white suburbanites feel good about themselves while clinging to Biden and the spoils of their neo-liberal greed? Screw you, NY Times, indeed.

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“Just ask anyone under the age of 45 what they think of these institutions” ?

I am pushing 70 and I have been fighting the neoliberal and neoconservative establishment ever since I worked on Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential primary campaign and there are many more in my age group that have never given up the fight or become afflicted with Stockholm Syndrome like so many in my generation have.

I frequently lost jobs and experienced persecution, especially when working to end the Viet Nam occupation and when I criticized Saint Ronny…and it was worth it.

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As if Friedman isn’t bad enough, Paul Krugman attacks most every Bernie proposal as impossible.

There is no liberal press outside of a few online sources.

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Thank you, Ms. Flanders! My feelings exactly. I sent a comment to the NYT on that article calling out their hypocrisy, and they did not publish it, though they have often published my comments on various articles in the past - somehow I am not surprised.

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“To all of Bernie’s supporters who are thinking of sitting this one out in November: We hear you and we understand, and we’d like to take this opportunity to throw some meaningless drivel at you in the hopes that you’re gullible enough to believe that the DNC, Joe and anybody we replace Joe with will do a sudden 180 and actually give a F%^$ about you.”

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Far be it from me to defend the odious NYT, but here’s one of their lower level functionaries getting it right:

“The question is no longer why younger people are being radicalized, it’s how long it’s going to take before that radicalization is going to translate into plurality political power.”

ttps://twitter.com/marcatracy/status/1248623687101628417

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Bernie will be remembered for bringing out in the populace ideas consistently quashed by corporate(MSM) media and Congress in general, incl the executive branch and the President. He failed miserably in his campaign itself. He wouldn’t go all out against his competitors in the actual race, maybe he’s too nice to even hold office. The whole bill signed on March 27th didn’t go near far enough for workers needing money LAST WEEK. Wall Street doesn’t need help, people do. Pay them first. A new wave of progressives need to get with it and fight for anything that socially improves lives, Billionaires won’t stop screwing us unless we fight and make them stop. Maybe Bernie ran out of gas, But he should never be backing that sexual predator, war monger, neo-liberal, corporatist, asshole Biden. I will vote Green again, if I even vote at all this time.

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I’m 66 and have been anti-establishment since about '68, when I was in 8th grade. I just missed the draft for the 'Nam.

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you are correct. I have seen that many here love to ram as many into a place holder of their choice and then let it rip. no matter what side, no matter who you support, it is never enough and we are never good enough to deserve any of it. tiresome and boring.

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Ah-Yup.  Bernie was right, but unfortunately not enough people listened to him and we ended up with the VERY WORST presidunce in the history of D’Umurika, instead of maybe only the Third or Fourth Worst.  (Being a resident of SoCal in 2016, where Her Arrogance had an overwhelming lead, my vote didn’t matter anyway, so I wrote in ‘Bernie Sanders’ instead of holding my nose - hard - and voting for Hilliary.)

Reminds me of Tweetle-Dumb’s denying his responsibility for the three-month delay – and the resulting deaths – in the War against Covid-19.   Just as Trump has committed Treason in this war, the NYT has committed Treason in the War against Korporate Socialism.

“They Hang TRAITORS, Don’t They??”

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Thank you Laura, you’ve always been able to see so clearly that the kings of our society are spiritual Pygmy. Thank you for saying it so well!

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Welcome, Monique. I went back to that Friedman column and reread the TIMES PICKS reader responses before rereading Friedman’s column. There were 10 or 11 that the editors starred. They were evenly divided but more than half sided with Bernie.

Within Friedman’s column is a link to Bernie’s website where he asserts Bernie is NOT a Denmarkian social democrat but instead an irate, anti-capitalist fuming endlessly against “corporate greed” and entrepreneurs.

So next I click Friedman’s link to Bernie’s website. And as most of us would expect, that’s not what was there. His full policy provided numerous approaches to diminish the dominant power mega-corporations play in American economic life. Friedman goes on to complain about Sanders “cherry-picking” Denmark attractions and ignoring its detractions (higher taxes, but that would have required Friedman to read more of Sanders website–which he apparently was not wont to do, Friedman’s own cherry-picking there). And the final spite from Friedman: his declaration that Biden was far more likely to get the US to Denmark’s social programs than was Bernie.

Broadbrushing, the opposite of cherry-picking, should bear no quarter among professional commentators. (Okay, maybe when you can’t find those last 100 words, but…) Both Flanders and Friedman are guilty of broad-brushing here, Flanders for sliming the entire NYT. (Nonetheless, her point is absolutely justified regarding the about-face in that key editorial.)

In the last 30 months NYT has brought new writers to their board and to their op-ed pages. Friedman’s glory days are behind him. Thirty years ago he was one of their foremost liberals. Now amid the newer writers he’s become a sullen wraith. And a good number of us climate activists have insinuated against his readiness to jump on a jet for international research–typically, once a week, though not uncommon to see two or three datelines in a week. Hell, with 30 years of experience, he should have a rolodex full of contacts.

Once again, welcome Monique to CD (Crazed Diatribes). We love it!

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To all those who try to out-radicalize the new Cult of Personality Alt-Media Revolutionary of the Left (and I call her that as an admirer of her work, less thrilled with her personal bid-net model) Laura Flanders by adding indie candidate Bernie Sanders caucusing and voting with the Dems as his Michael Harrington Social Democrat strategy in our monopoly Duopoly, I humbly submit you miss the value in Ms Flanders’ "GRIT-y TV media crit. Check out her work and allow the streaming banner on her web-page to sober the reactionary impulses to trash Bernie or whoever tries to break through and shift the paradigm from service of Private Interests to privileging of Public Interest in policy-making:
" “The place where the people who say it can’t be done take a backseat to the people who are doing it.”

Without mass media reform in the U.S. our ruling anti-competitive duopoly of role-playing Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs in the GOP and DEMs can continue to craft policy and shape opinion without ever having to worry about policy post-mortems that call attention to who is benefiting from policies that serve the Private Interests instead of the Public Interest.

See the battles over funding of Canada’s state broadcaster the CBC and the hot-topic of corporate underwriting, then re-read Dennis Mazzocco’s old paperback NETWORKS OF POWER to focus on why media reform must come before any meaningful political reform in our Pay2Play feudal fun house.

We all know, and Jimmy Dore most entertainingly IHO of all the alt career exploiters have pointed out the mass media hold over our body politic. As the institutional corruption and internal contradictions within our monetary system become as apparent as the recent Trump-Menuchian finger-snapping bail-out of the Corporate Caliphate while following the Milton Friedman and Chicago School of Neo-Liberal E-CON playbook by “helicoptering money in to the destitute” while maintaining the sort of austerity on social safety net programs that will only further concentrate the value of money left in circulation to avoid inflationary de-valuation of all that off-shore hoarded cash and idle wealth, expect the usual results of massive de-stabilization and need for use of military intervention a la Nixon and Kissinger making Chile’s economy scream to topple Social Democrat Allende on 9-11-73.

Obama-Biden-Geithner and the so-called independent Federal Reserve set the operative template monetarily by magically printed cash or electronic scrip via the Fed’s and Obama’s 2 takes at “Quantitative Easing” for all those “bad assets” (borrower debts in the language of Wall Street speculative finance) that were not repaid in the TARP tax-payer bail-out. That was such a massive banana republic move by the world’s reserve currency and was so little explicated in U.S. or even state-media like Australia’s ABC, BBC, Canadian CBC or Italian RAI or Spain’s equivalent state cultural-educational non-commercial broadcasters as to let fall the machinations of our Anglo-Saxon Monetary Ponzi scheme.

We should not be beating up on Laura Flanders or Jimmy Dore who have their roles to play in seeding our Evolution that Will Not Be Televised of our as yet not occupied by National Guard troops streets; Although the current Covid 19 situ has emptied global trans national streets out in even more efficient and less bloody an orderly manner. We’ve got work to do and never mind those Weapons of Mass Distraction like corporate caliphate newspapers whose readers are less willing to have their eyeballs and minds sold to the gnostic advertising and Public Relations industries. The bid-net model of newspapering ain’t coming back the way that the Gray Lady of the NYT was elevated to some national Newspaper of Record.

I don’t celebrate the de-stabilization and even more massive displacement coming our way and sure to rock the world in Dulles Brothers Client State Washington boilerplate rolled out Hollywood style in Banana Republic fashion. But I am with the Laura Flanders, Jimmy Dores and Bernie Sanders (along with the Ralph Naders) who have sought creative ways to bring about the evolution that will replace Private Interest-driven policy making with Public Interest privileging policy making so that we might have the sort of more modest Wealth of Nations outcomes of the Nordic states who’ve tried it, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden and most impressive of all, Finland.
ttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/04/how-finland-is-tackling-homelessness

Note the lack of news about Covid 19 pandemic social policy outcomes in these Nordic states compared with the empty shelves in U.S. cartelier grocery retailers like Krogers with empty shelves of plentiful pasta and beans that have fallen victim to JUST IN TIME empty warehouse supply lines put in place via Neo-Liberal E-CON ‘efficiencies’ of the MBA logistic policies and well-compensated “logistic specialists.”

Just like the lack of discussion of the financialization\speculation of global Real Estate that is to be found here in the land of the spree and home of the knave via our Freedom of Expression (for anyone who can own a broadcast network) 21st Century tools and platforms of mass communications.
ttps://www.azuremagazine.com/article/push-a-documentary-tackling-some-of-the-housing-crisis/

Without mass media reform in the U.S. our ruling anti-competitive duopoly of role-playing Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs in the GOP and DEMs can continue to craft policy and shape opinion without ever having to worry about policy post-mortems that call attention to who is benefiting from policies that serve the Private Interests instead of the Public Interest. We all know, and Jimmy Dore most entertainingly of all the alt career exploiters have pointed out the mass media hold over our body politic.

As the institutional corruption and internal contradictions within our monetary system become as apparent as the recent Trump-Menuchian finger-snapping bail-out of the Corporate Caliphate while following the Milton Friedman and Chicago School of Neo-Liberal E-CON playbook by “helicoptering money in to the destitute” while maintaining the sort of austerity on social safety net programs that will only further concentrate the value of money left in circulation to avoid inflationary de-valuation of all that off-shore hoarded cash and idle wealth, expect the usual results of massive de-stabilization and need for use of military intervention a la Nixon and Kissinger making Chile’s economy scream to topple Social Democrat Allende on 9-11-73.

Mitch Ritter\Paradigm Sifters, Shifters and Song Chasers
Lay-Low Studios, Ore-Wa
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Not in Amerika!

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Nailed it.

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“Flanders and Friedman are guilty of broad-brushing here, Flanders for sliming the entire NYT.”

Where does Flanders “broad-brush”?

What criticism of the NYT do you see as “sliming the entire” paper?

Advance thanks for being specific to support an otherwise worthless claim.

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I read your comment after seeing @baska’s request for a quote from Flanders that shows she is doing anything remotely similar as the horrible jourlnaism that Friedman does over and over (on the quality of Friedman’s pieces you agree with us).

Please add to the Flanders quote a list of these newer younger journalists you are so impressed with. I know of almost no one but I don’t follow the MSM other then when their garbage is repeated for criticism on left wing YouTube shows or here. One exception is Elizabeth Bruenig (WaPo I think). Heard her on Left Right and Center a few times and she’s not bad (not my favorite either, but great for MSM). Rank the best at NYT and I’ll check them out.

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The real question seems to be the Unmentionable:
What happens in between radicalization and political power?

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It seems that I always end up voting for the Greens. I feel a need to vote in the US, rather than just give up. There is no satisfaction in US politics. I have always found the decency of the Green contender, whether it be Stein, Nader, or Hawkins. One would think that Sanders would eventually catch on, but I have started to think that he is part of some cabal. The US is a self centered nation, and as time has gone on, I find myself in Europe more often than in the US,

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