Bernie Sanders Slams The Media For Their Biased Presidential Campaign Coverage

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called out the media for their biased coverage of presidential campaigns, and refusal to inform the American people during an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

During the interview, Sanders hit on the media bias against discussing issues, and the media’s obsession with negative campaigning.

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Transcript via CNN:

STELTER: With your campaign now a few weeks in, are you finding that the media is taking it seriously or are you finding they’re using you only as a foil to Hillary Clinton to get headlines?

SANDERS: I think we are doing pretty well. And I think the media — we have gotten more serious discussion on our issues than I might have thought about.

But this is what I worry about. In terms of campaign coverage…

STELTER: Yes.

SANDERS: … there is more coverage about the political gossip of a campaign, about raising money, about polling, about somebody saying something dumb, or some kid works for a campaign sends out something stupid on Facebook, right? We can expect that to be a major story.

But what your job is, what the media’s job is, is to say, look, these are the major issues facing the country. We’re a democracy. People have different points of view. Let’s argue it.

STELTER: Fundamentally, you’re describing what is the systemic issue in press, in the nation’s news media, which is an interesting spectacle over policy.

SANDERS: To me, it is astounding. And correct me if you think I’m wrong. When you have ABC, CBS, and NBC not devoting one minute to the most significant trade agreement in the history of the United States of America, help me out, help me out. Give me an explanation.

….

SANDERS: I mean, television is an important medium. You cannot ignore that. You cannot ignore the reality of income and wealth inequality.

You cannot ignore the fact that Citizens United is undermining our democratic way of life. Now, there are two sides to the story. I’m not saying everybody has got to agree with me, but have that issue, have that debate. That’s what elections should be about.

(CROSSTALK)

STELTER: Some people might say, how do you do that in a way that keeps people watching, that gets people stay tuned and not turn the channel?

SANDERS: Oh, all right, good question, good question. All right.

So, let me back it up. About a year ago, there was a poll out there. Pollsters asked the American people, tell me which political party controls the U.S. Senate and controls the U.S. House? That was a year ago, when the Democrats controlled the Senate.

STELTER: It’s always disappointing to see how many people are wrong with their answers.

SANDERS: Sixty-three percent of the people in this country did not know that answer.

Who bears responsibility for that? Does the media bear any responsibility? How do you have a serious discussion? If you don’t like what’s going on in Washington, which nobody does, who are you going to Plame if you don’t know which party controls what? So I think that, instead of coming up with the next news of the moment, breaking news, there was an automobile accident, a cat got run over, here is breaking news. For 40 years, the American middle class has been disappearing and the rich have been getting richer. Why?

The reason TPP isn’t getting discussed in the mainstream press is that the media is run by large corporations who benefit from these trade agreements. American media fundamentally changed when news became a for-profit venture. Cable news networks and network news divisions generate huge amounts of profit for their owners, and the way to keep those profits rolling in is to cover cheap gossipy stories.

Hard news is expensive. It costs money to establish and run news divisions around the world. The corporate media discovered that devoting airtime to the latest celebrity scandal was cheap and brought easy ratings. This same mentality has spilled into presidential campaign coverage. The media is more interested in the soap opera storylines of presidential campaigns than the issues.

The majority of American news consumers are either misinformed or underinformed. There is a lack of basic current events knowledge in our society. Most people get their news from television, and television has decided not to cover serious issues.

Media coverage is biased against facts and issues. The corporate press is biased against informing the public. Our electoral system is based on the assumption of an informed electorate, but networks like Fox News are undermining the system by intentionally misinforming.

Sen. Sanders is one of the lone voices who is using his presidential campaign platform to call for a better and more responsible media. Bernie Sanders is fighting for your right to be informed, and the corporate press is getting a lesson in what the American people should expect from the media.

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50 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Slams The Media For Their Biased Presidential Campaign Coverage”

  1. STELTER: I have an idea for you.

    SANDERS: OK.

    STELTER: Bernie Sanders, cable news president.

    SANDERS: All right. Are you offer — are you making me that offer on behalf of CNN?

    STELTER: Oh, I don’t think I’m able to make that offer.

    SANDERS: I accept it.

    STELTER: But it sounds like you have got some ideas.

    SANDERS: I just think that, as a nation, no matter what our political point of view is, I would hope that we are concerned about the state of American democracy. We need serious discussion about serious issues.

    STELTER: I want to briefly go back to the issue about Hillary Clinton. I don’t want to become a parody of this conversation by focusing on it, because that would miss the point.

    (LAUGHTER)

  2. STELTER: But I wonder what it’s been like for the past few weeks, as you have officially declared? Do you wake up some mornings and think, well, the way I’m going to get attention today is to criticize Hillary Clinton?

    SANDERS: Well, look…

    STELTER: Are you leaning in to that reality of the media?

    SANDERS: You’re looking — of course Hillary Clinton and anybody else deserves criticism. When you have different points of view, I guess that’s what criticism is about.

    But I will tell you that I have never run a negative political ad in the state of Vermont in my life. People of Vermont know that. I just don’t think that that’s what politics is about. So, will I criticize Hillary Clinton on her position of TPP, or the lack of position? Will I criticize her on her views of Wall Street? Will I criticize her on foreign policy?

    That’s what democracy is about. But taking cheap shots at people, making it personal, I don’t think that’s what politics should be about.

    STE…

  3. Hillary and any other dems who get in the race will have to follow Bernie’s lead to not run a smear campaign. This is good.

  4. People want to be entertained, not lectured at. They are far too easily bored because in-depth interviews are no longer being done. And both cable and broadcast news are at the mercy of their advertisers, which is why PBS is the only news hour worth watching in the U.S.
    Since they expect to be entertained while being educated (yes, ask any public school teacher), that is why polls show that people who watch The Daily Show are better informed than those who don’t. I expect more up-to-date polling will show that John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight will have the same effect.
    And it was Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report who took on the task of revealing the ugly secrets about political superpacs — something no so-called news show ever bothered to do.

  5. Bernies right on of course except the assumption we have a democracy ;that been gone now for a few years we are in essence governed by the monied class who own all means of communication, a majority of politicians state and national ,the courts national, state and local along with all the means of production through international corporations; those are the facts equaling no democracy and none possible in the future.

  6. Said every politician ever… until their spokespeople go on TV and toss knives.

    Hardball?

    You mean he meant she has no opinion, despite making her opinion clear on TPP?

    Which is it? I posted a whole bunch of comments from her on TPP.

    Bernie is acting as if she didn’t answer it.

    He could have read it if he wanted to. He didn’t read it.

    Hillary is not allowed to read it. Anyway, TPP will not be voted on for months – after it is public…

    But TPA will pass.

    He is counting on people not knowing that.

    Hillary is just sitting on a fence. Et Tu Bernie? Foreign policy – ok then..

    Bernie’s Ben and Jerry Plan for Iran.

  7. Bernie Slams the Media…

    They are quaking in their boots.

    They will all issue apologies tonight to him. And to Santorum too, surely.

  8. Wow. I agree with Bernie. Completely. Not his politics, but his analysis of the media and their coverage? Nearly perfect.

  9. I had no TV for 10 years. Now I have free cable and bought a tiny little laptop size TV and use it tops 3 hours a week for the occasional comedy, music, or political show.

    BBC etc. has good coverage.

    Glad the newspaper was invented… wait…

  10. If the media was slamming Hillary, as they did and likely will soon… oh so many times, and the media was giving him “the obama pillow fluff” treatment, do you think he would have said a word?

    HELL NO.

    Oh too bad, so sorry.

    Hillary was evicerated by the press and still got 18 million votes.

  11. Bernie is spot on. Once Bernie is elected President of the United States of America he should work to repeal one of the worst things Bill Clinton did when he was in office which was signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which allowed the media consolidation we are stuck with today.

  12. Bernie is just “Mr. innocent nice guy”, so how come he has been making nasty little snarky remarks about her everytime he speaks to anyone? Concern troll remarks.

    It IS a problem that she IS rich.

    WOLF BLITZER: What is your reaction when you hear [Hillary Clinton] say that about income inequality? Which is a huge issue for you.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VERMONT): Well, it is an issue that I have been talking about for a long time. I think what we need to do is be very specific about what we are going to do about it. Today, Wolf, 99% of all new income is going to the top 1%. The top of one tenth of one percent!

    WOLF BLITZER: You would put her in that top ten one percent? Is that what you are saying?

    BERNIE SANDERS: I don’t know exactly, maybe. I don’t know if they are that high.

    WOLF BLITZER: Is that a problem that her husband made 30 million dollars from speaking alone?

    BERNIE SANDERS: It is a problem, but the more serious problem is what do we do about it.

  13. Everytime a certain troll is around is when all my comments get marked with down thumbs. Troll doesn’t know it means nothing to me. I don’t care.

    I am not here to be agreed with or liked.

    I am here for a serious, troll free, discussion of politics. So far it isn’t working out so well.

  14. So tell us Rin, how much are the Koch Brothers or Americans for Prosperity paying you to troll PoliticusUSA and flood all the comments with your Hillary spam? It makes sense that the Kochs would do this because Hillary would do their bidding where they really fear a Sanders Administration.

  15. Then talk to Rin about it DJ. Rin is the one who floods the comments with Hillary spam, resorts to name calling, can’t handle any dissent or support of any candidate other than Hillary, and whines about thumbs down. Rin’s behavior is that of a paid right wing troll.

  16. Really, you think I would be paid to promote Hillary here? Why would that be?

    Is it the little dingy pulling the ocean liner left that worries them?

    The only people who pay for it are the right wing. They pretend to believe Bernie Sanders Will Be President Of The United States OF America – just like you keep saying, over and over.

    Funny how you just want to attack the Clintons, mostly the husband of the candidate.

    I don’t even know Bernie’s wifes name. Nor do I care.

    Nice of you to round out your love for Bernie with substance. Keep it up.

    We don’t need your vote, she has this in the bag.

  17. Laughing my ass off.

    Paid right wing trolls to promote Hillary!?

    Is this lunatic for real?

    He is so out there – he must be an R.

    Yes, surely Rs want publicity in support of Hillary.

    *Rolls on the floor – spits out my drink*

    This is such a joke.

    funny stuff.

  18. Bernie is spot on. Once Bernie is elected President of the United States of America he should work to repeal one of the worst things Bill Clinton did when he was in office which was signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which allowed the media consolidation we are stuck with today.

    So tell us Rin, how much are the Koch Brothers or Americans for Prosperity paying you to troll PoliticusUSA and flood all the comments with your Hillary spam? It makes sense that the Kochs would do this because Hillary would do their bidding where they really fear a Sanders Administration.

    Then talk to Rin about it DJ. Rin is the one who floods the comments with Hillary spam, resorts to name calling, can’t handle any dissent or support of any candidate other than Hillary, and whines about thumbs down. Rin’s behavior is that of a paid right wing troll.

    Just copying so he can’t edit it.

    I want to savor these remarks they are the epitome of non-sense.

  19. That could be a distinct possibility. If Hillary does win the nomination having Bernie Sanders as her running mate will be the only way she can get the support from the left which she will need to win.

  20. Thank you for proving my point Rin. Why don’t you just come clean, and be honest by admitting you’re a paid troll. All you do is spam the comments, and attack anyone who has a dissenting opinion. That alone is extremely dishonest.

  21. Hillary is not allowed to read it.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Bwahaha…and the secret trade agreement section of the Constitution is right there too, plain as day.
    Look right after the recipe section.

    Hiding behind the word “classified”, is no way to run for president.
    .
    .
    Anyway, TPP will not be voted on for months – after it is public…But TPA will pass.
    He is counting on people not knowing that.

    “““““`
    And you’re counting on people believing they will have a chance to defeat the agreement after it’s fast-tracked, because it will be made public before it’s voted on.

    Fast-tracked legislation is always ratified… no matter how flawed.

    But you know that.

  22. This interview unfortunately exemplifies the failure and superficiality of the American news media in the 21st century. Every since 9/11, the news media in America has been dominated by clueless media people while real journalist have virtually disappeared. These people seem to be more interested in either being part of a story or making news instead of reporting news. They seem to be lazy plagiarists repeating often inaccurate stories from a web site. Some of the most glaring examples are CNN with “Breaking News” about Non-Stories such as the missing Malaysian airline not being found or has disappeared into a “black hole”, or sending a Non-journalist like Don Lemon to become part of a story in Ferguson or Baltimore. We have Fox News generating stories and pursuing a political narrative that has done tremendous damage to the American electorate. This lack of Journalistic competence is a key reason the US invaded iraq based on erroneous information by clueless Neo-Cons.

  23. It seem the only remaining real journalists are out in the field in dangerous part of the world fighting for air time on news programs hosted and dominated by lazy, shallow, airhead, media people. Bernie Sanders is a breath of fresh air that will hopefully continue to expose the American news media as the arrogantly incompetent institution it has now become.

  24. What a load of rubbish you wrote.

    Didn’t DJ ask you for a link to that supposed leaked agreement that nobody heard of?

    It is somewhere on the internet? Not discussed in actual news sources with credibility and you won’t even link to it.

    Rolls eyes.

    She worked on it with other nations for years. Things have been changed since then. She is a private citizen for years. She has said, and it is obvious, she cannot read it now…

    She will read it soon – when we all do.

    Fast track is standard LAW for decades.

    Repeat 100 times and they are going to still try to obfuscate. It is what Rs do.

  25. The Rs are ganging up on me again. SWAT.

    Take those thumbs down and put them where the sun don’t shine.

    I simply put the rest of his words on this thread. You have a problem with seeing what else he said. He was mocked by the interviewer.

    We have one serious candidate on our side.

    Like it or not.

    Someone said on another board that they would drive Hillary to Wall Street to pick up truckloads of cash if it would keep another Bush out of the White House!

    I am still laughing about that.

    Get in Hill, next stop Goldman Sachs…

  26. Hey jerks, I said the word “nevermind” above and got 5 thumbs down for that.

    Who is spamming here? Who is attacking ad-hominim?

    The reason nevermind is there is because I responded to something then saw it was already there so edited it and wrote nevermind.

    Nevermind – 5 thumbs down. That is why I ignore you all. You see my name and attack me, not what I say – just every single thing I write.

    Post what Bernie said – get attacked.

    Funny, that. And I am called a troll?

    nope.

  27. I don’t see that as even a slight possible choice. Mainly because a VP by nature needs diplomacy and statesmanship as prime qualities. Dealing with foreign dignitaries and such is not, at all!, an attribute anyone would give to Sanders.

    The Hillary people have one person securely on the short list: Castro.

    A woman and a hispanic. Pretty historic?

    I think so.

    She has the hispanics (75%) already but that just might give them some motivation to get to the polls.

    And if they end up with a Bush/Rubio ticket, their two strongest clowns, it will still be a mud bath drag billion dollar attack for a win.

    Never underestimate how hard it will be.

    It ALWAYS is. No real primary challenge but the general is going to be brutal.

  28. I totally agree with Bernie Sanders.

    In fact, after his announcement as candidate for the presidency, NPR interviewer asked Mara Liaison if she thought Bernie had a chance to win the candidacy, she responded “no.” I was livid!

    After calming down I emailed NPR and called them on their biased “reporting.” I reminded them that Mara is not a prophet and had no business giving a negative answer…that my friends and I support him and will also work on his campaign.

    This was a few days prior that Thom Hartmann alerted his listeners about this kind of response from which not even National Public Radio would be immune.

    Yep! Again, it’s the corporate media veering its ugly head even on NPR.

  29. Ok, Anne, NPR is wrong to look at statistics and you and your friends are right to support him. Tell me why?

    What drew you to Bernie?

    Why do you think he has a chance when he is over 50 points lagging and is virtually unknown and mocked in the country as a whole other than in Vermont.

    Even all the Vermont politicians who know him their whole lives came out for Hilz.

    Tell me why? I am all ears.

  30. Didn’t DJ ask you for a link to that supposed leaked agreement that nobody heard of?
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    The “living agreement” provision in the TPP was already cited on that thread, Dewdrop, but being the benevolent sort that I am, I’ll provide the link again to the provision in the TPP that “nobody heard of”.

    https://ustr.gov/tpp/outlines-of-TPP

    I’ll even add pictures and sound just for you. Start at 2:34:30.

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?326202-1/us-senate-debate-trade-promotion-authority

    Now if you had any clue about what you’re posting about, you wouldn’t be stating that the public review period for the TPP “will be our time to decide if it sucks”.

    Under the current timetable, the text of the TPP won’t be released until after it is too late to amend it or slow it down. So unless the People are able to make history and can get the whole agreement tanked, no one is going to be able to squat about the TPP after TPA is passed.

    cont.

  31. Don’t let the sockpuppetry get you down Rin. There will always be cliques in everything.

    Thumbs up/Thumbs down- and a couple dollars will get you a Starbucks latte.

  32. Warren is correct when she says,
    “The whole point about fast track is to grease the skids so that 51 votes will get it through.”

    You either don’t understand the TPA and continue to refuse to…or…you do understand it and you are intentionally being misleading.
    So if you can not even understand the debate , aside from farcical generalizations, or are just a dishonest shill, then you can not engage in any way that’s valuable to anyone.

  33. When it was still on the front page I was checking on that thread, after it goes to the archives I stop, most of the time…

    Oh, I understand the TPA. All presidents have had it for decades because it is the only way to negotiate trade deals. Some of them pass and some of them do not. And all the countries involved must have a final plan not subject to changes, legally binding… that is what a deal is!

    So if you are for never having trade deals, no matter how favorable, then you are knee-jerk against TPA. Like Bernie. He said – HE SAID – he is not in favor of ANY trade bills. NONE. Not a smart idea.

    Note the date on that gov’t doc with ONE sentence about living arrangements… whatever…. from November 2011.

    Three and a half years ago.

    It says it is being negotiated. On that page! It has changed since Hillary left, much has changed. ILLEGAL for her to see it.

  34. Well, Charlie,

    I am a shill. How nice of you.

    I have not once said I am for it.

    Not once. I am not for it. I am not against it.

    But I am a shill.

    I have not seen it. You have not seen it.

    Few have seen it.

    It is not done yet, it is still in the oven. When it is done, I might hate it.

    I might not. But when the time comes to decide that, I will not decide by knee-jerk and who is yelling loudest and waving their arms. Or who is yelling about it and has not read it.

    When people object to something they haven’t seen it makes me wonder if they are a shill for someone…

  35. Charlie, I just went to your video link. I now have to remove my eyeballs and wash them out to remove the Sessions dirt.

    Thanks Charlie. I can now ignore you since I am sure if that is your proof, I can be sure you are an R.

    WTF?

    They voted against Warren. She submitted her amendment, whined for it to get voted on and it was voted down by a big majority. It was a huge waste of time for her to insist on a vote when it was clear nobody wanted to support it.

    The White House said Warren’s amendment was flawed and that it would harm Dodd Frank, FCS – that was her one subject!

    Sessions is still on in the background and he is drooling over Reagan now.

    aRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  36. I just went to the old thread and it is there, your link is there, my apologies for not checking to see if you responded there.

    I must have clicked on a comment from the “comment window” to get there…

    But now I see DJ said the same thing about Sessions.

    giggling.

    Some people are careful to not accept everything we hear or read as fact. I like lots of sources, personally. And I try to stay away from extreme sources.

    They are rarely right about anything.

  37. Charlie, you want me to listen to this guys thoughts and take them seriously?

    “Sessions was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator, siding strongly with the Republican Party on political issues. He supported the major legislative efforts of the George W. Bush administration, including the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq War, and a proposed national amendment to ban same-sex marriage.”

    I was not born yesterday. You can fool millenials. Those of us who are old as dirt know better.

    I am sure your fellow trolls will be around till a November day in 2016 but you can be sure, God willing, I will be too.

    And I am not going to allow slack for lies.

    Speak truth or go away.

  38. > I understand the TPA.
    “““`
    It doesn’t seem like it from the looks of the rest of this post.

    >All presidents have had it for decades because it is the only way to negotiate trade deals.
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    Fast-track authority isn’t a given and it’s always been controversial. Congress is more than capable of passing trade agreements without a fast-track and has done so in the past.

    >Some of them pass and some of them do not.
    “““`
    Fast track agreements have never been blocked. Show me a cite for a fast-tracked trade agreement that was stopped or it never happened.

    >all the countries involved must have a final plan not subject to changes, legally binding… that is what a deal is!
    ““““““
    You still don’t understand what the “living agreement” provision allows for in the TPP. The “living agreement” provision means that participating nations could both add countries to the TPP without Congress’ approval (like China),

    cont.

  39. and could also change any of the terms of the agreement, including in controversial areas such as the entry of foreign workers and foreign employees. Again: these changes would NOT be subject to congressional approval.

    >So if you are for never having trade deals, no matter how favorable, then you are knee-jerk against TPA.
    ““““““““““““““`
    I am not against trade deals. I am against trade deals written behind closed doors in smoke-filled rooms while the American people have had NO voice in the process and the outcome of which will dramatically impact their lives.
    Democracies make their laws in public.

    >Note the date on that gov’t doc with ONE sentence about living arrangements… whatever…. from November 2011.
    ““““““““““`
    You didn’t listen to Sessions floor speech. He read the agreement. The provision remains.

    cont.

  40. It has changed since Hillary left, much has changed. ILLEGAL for her to see it.

    “““““““““
    Most politicians haven’t read the agreement either- but they all certainly know enough to stake out a position. Hillary Clinton knows plenty…and it’s never been illegal to have an opinion.

    Giggle about Sessions/Warren and anyone else who is offering info and opposing TPA/TPP. Me? Right now I’ll take my leaks where I find them.
    But be sure to let me know when you actually become knowledgeable enough to prove any of them wrong. Mmkay?

  41. Charlie, you are wrong when you say “isn’t a given” “always controversial”

    All Presidents had it — just Nixon missed out because of his resignation but it was given to his replacement Ford.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/may/17/paul-ryan/fast-track-trade-authority-has-every-president-fdr/

    I have said this 100 times on this board and some Rs have argued it that many times. Stupid people – dumb as rocks.

    A month ago I was saying go look it up for yourself on wikipedia even. ALL PRESIDENTS. They only used it 16 times in all these years but they all had it.

    Nixon was impeached… resigned… the bastard was gone and he would have been given it.

    And you are all ranting OBAMA CAN’T HAVE IT. STOP OBAMA.

    Makes me wonder what the hell is up with the far fringe left and right both screeching they must stop him.

    If it sucks then scream your head off. I will help you.

    SHEESH.

  42. She gave statements and wrote about it in her book and her concerns about it but mostly she said it is premature to decide without seeing it since she has liked some trade deals and disliked others. I provided her quotes in the other thread and you read them already.

    She was involved years ago, and she is not permitted access to it since.

    That won’t change until we all see it.

    And you spout non-sense. Nobody buys it.

  43. >They only used it 16 times in all these years but they all had it.
    “““`
    And? You left out an important little tidbit. In the past 21 years Congress has only allowed fast track to go into effect for 5 years total. Why? Because it has become more controversial and widely opposed.
    Fast track now is used to get around public debate and to enact questionable trade agreements. Hundreds of less controversial U.S. trade agreements have been enacted without resorting to fast track. The procedure is NOT needed to approve trade deals. The only reason for fast-tracking these agreements is to get them passed before the broad mass of people realize how they’re being screwed.

    >If it sucks then scream your head off. I will help you.
    “““““`
    That will be too late. Fast track ensures that the administration’s proposals for the TPP are never exposed to public scrutiny until after the pact is signed, amendments are prohibited and changes become all but impossible.

  44. There is a conflict of interest – the media can make BILLIONS in ad revenue from the two major parties. If they criticize one of the main candidates, they get less ad revenue. Add that to enormous cuts in funding for their news divisions and we are in big trouble.

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