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The Media Malpractice That’s Hurting Everyone but Trump


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The Media Malpractice That’s Hurting Everyone but Trump

Katrina vanden Heuvel

“I believe that in a democracy what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said upon announcing his presidential campaign in April 2015. He concluded with a plea to the press: “I would hope, and I ask the media’s help on this, allow us to discuss the important issues facing the American people and let’s not get hung up on political gossip or all the other soap opera aspects of modern campaigns.”


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Katrina, what you're saying is pretty obvious, and there was never a time when the media shouldn't have been covering the substantive issues, right? The thing is, the support for Trump's candidacy is arguably among the most important issues today because if he's nominated (much less elected) he will possibly scuttle all the positive agendas around the world, and thus that support points at the problems behind all our problems: the tremendous greed, hate and idiocy. When I hear the serious media denounce his candidacy with terms such as demagogue and worse, I wonder what keeps these serious people from denouncing the media attention for him with the same language. Katrina, engage with me here, please, and tell me what keeps you from denouncing the MSM as the corporatist tool it is when it supports his lies and idiocy, and thus going after the particular journalists whom are behind the media support, rather than issuing these bland and pointless pleas for fairness? Seriously.

... I guess you can give any one of standard replies, but instead please
tell us why if you had the chance you would not have denounced Goebbels
in the way I've described.


#3

Bernie now it's you, Trump and soon to be Rubio, and myself, bet you won't speak up for giving me coverage! Samuel L Hurt, 2016 Presidential candidate


#4

"..was just the latest evidence that the Republican front-runner is putting people in real danger".

In fairness Katrina you might add MoveOn.org as one of the ones inciting violence.

Speaking of, the strategy of MoveOn.org endorsing Sanders was a thinly veiled one. They knew they had nothing to lose. They likely brought in new, young (and perhaps a little naive) progressive members to stuff the coffers with cash, and when Sanders hits the skids (as he certainly will) MoveOn.org will quickly suck-up to HRC, and lay it's members at Her Majesty's feet.

I want nothing more than to be able to vote for Bernie, and hope somehow he makes it, but let's get real. Here's hoping he'll mount a third-party run.


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The media that used the public domain (the airwaves, as they were called) grew an ethic to produce news that informed even though it did not make money. Once the cable TV train started to roll out of the station, that ethic was rolled back into a purely profit driven model that has brought us the 24/7 infotainment cycle along with its bumper sticker attention span. If you are smart enough not to be persuaded to buy toilet paper from a cartoon bear with three squares stuck to its rump, the media doesn't want your eyeballs, anyway. Thinking is a stinking crime in consumer America.


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Katrina, I guess you can give any one of standard replies, but instead please
tell us why if you had the chance you would not have denounced Goebbels
in the way I've described.