Bernie Sanders Gets Victimized By Lazy Journalism During Radio Interview

Bernie Sanders Jewish Citizen?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found himself in the middle of a bizarre situation today, when during an interview on WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show the Democratic presidential candidate was told incorrectly that he is a Jewish citizen. The senator from Vermont was the latest victim of an epidemic of lazy journalism that is sweeping the nation.

Here is how the exchange went down at the 24-minute mark of Sen. Sanders being interviewed on The Diane Rehm Show:

Rhem said, “Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.”

“Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.”

Rehm apologized and asked if there were any members of Congress that have dual citizenship, “I honestly don’t know, but I have read that on the Internet. You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket. He loved this country. I am, you know, I got offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the Internet. I am obviously an American citizen, and I do not have any dual citizenship.”

Michael Briggs of the Sanders campaign released a generous statement in response to the controversy, “Diane Rehm is an excellent radio host. There’s a great big Internet out there with lots of good and bad information. I’ve never heard the question come up before.”

Rehm apologized again in a statement, “On today’s show I made a mistake. Rather than asking Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact. He corrected me, saying he did not know where the question came from. I apologized immediately. I want to apologize as well to all our listeners for having made an erroneous statement. I am sorry for the mistake. However, I am glad to play a role in putting this rumor to rest.”

I am not sure that anyone knew that the rumor existed before she said it. Diane Rhem is a good host who spent nearly an hour talking to Sen. Sanders today. The problem is that no one in the media should use Facebook as a source of information without double checking that information with a reliable source. There is lots of crazy and inaccurate information on the Internet.

Despite the millions of people who support Bernie Sanders, the vast majority of the country does not know much about the senator from Vermont. Sanders is an unknown to the vast majority of the electorate. He was victimized by a journalist who did not do her homework. As Rehm stated, her mistake was phrasing the dual citizenship point as a fact instead of asking a question. There is lots of credible information on Bernie Sanders. Rehm’s statement was an act of lazy journalism, and a perfect example of what happens when a member of the media does not do their homework.

35 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Gets Victimized By Lazy Journalism During Radio Interview”

  1. The corporate MSM and conservative “think tanks” (propaganda organizations) are already scheming ways to assassinate Bernie’s character. While Rehm’s mistake was not related to either of those 2 entities, and should have been prevented, the real vicious attacks are going to start the second the oligarchy realize that Sanders is the favorite to win the Democratic Party nomination.

  2. If anyone can kick their asses it is Senator Sanders. He will do it in a way that the dumbasses will be thanking him for kicking their asses.

  3. You are mostly spot on. There are other entities who are scared shitless of Bernie Sanders and those are the PACs that support Hillary Clinton. They will fling the mud, and come up with the lies as a proxy for the Clinton campaign. Rin was a good example of those proxies.

  4. The label machine is cranking up!

    The support mega $$$ are being spent and the throwing machine of lies and manure in all direction is rolling…take cover!

  5. I agree, and if she is the journalist I think she is, she started checking on how that happened the minute she was off the air. I’ve always assumed she had staff to do some of the research. I am glad she gave Bernie so much time.

  6. This really surprises me, I know she is usually super careful with her facts, she messed up big time on this one and I’ll bet she is red faced about it!

  7. Bernie Sanders was “victimized?” Really?

    Diane Rhem did not “victimize” Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders was not persecuted, picked on, pushed around, bullied, abused, discriminated against, ill-treated, mistreated, or terrorized by Diane Rhem.

    Spare me the “poor, persecuted Bernie,” B.S.

  8. Yes Sue the Kochs have their fingers in just about everything for one reason….control. I truly believe they want to take over America to shape it to fit their views!

  9. “I am not sure that anyone knew that the rumor existed before she said it.”

    Really? That rumor has been posted on this site several times by someone named Mary. I repeatedly ask for a link, but was never answered. She and another person had a link to a list of congressmen that supposedly had duel citizenship (Sen. Sanders wasn’t on it). djchefron put the kibosh on that one by informing us that that list was from a Nazi organization. And I haven’t seen any more postings about Sen. Sandes since then.

  10. I suspect that Rin stood for Rin(ger). By putting on especially strident, nasty trolls posing as Hillary supporters, the GOTea hopes to demotivate other Democrats from going to the polls if Sec. Clinton is the candidate. I suggest that all such commenters be closely scrutinized.

  11. The issue of duel citizenship is big on the far right fringe. Some of these people believe that most of our politicians in Washington hold duel citizenship with Israel. These ideas come from WND, Brietbart, Beck and the like. Some people just tend to believe whatever is put on-line without ever bothering to source it. Think NWO, Rothschield, Warburg, moon landing and the list goes on.

  12. I’ve been listening to Diane Rehm for 25 years. Her show is usually terrific. But her attack on Sanders based on some “list” referenced on the internet was disgraceful. And her non-apology “apology” didn’t help. I don’t know if she’s an anti-Semite – I hope not. I prefer to think that she’s getting senile and should consider retiring before being forced out.

  13. Why would it be considered derogatory to repeat what she believed…(and yes, there should have been better fact checking) but to even insinuate that Diane Rehm is trying to be unfair to Sanders. The press is surely making ‘much ado about nothing’…So what if he would have had duel citizenship?

  14. Andy, I agree that the vetting process was not up to par as it usually is on top…Diane is one of the finest personalities that the interview world has had. She is not antisemitic …and as an American Jew, I am very aware when Jew hatred raises its’ ugly head. Bernie Sanders does not seem any worse for the wear and it did answer questions regarding the same that has been flooding the internet.Sanders will not benefit if his supporters begin to attack anyone who makes a mistake when speaking to, or of him..

  15. it matters because it leaves a person open to having their loyalties question…

    JFK… clearly a US citizen… had his loyalties questioned because he was Catholic… would he take orders from the Pope for instance…

    Ted Cruz… we’ve already seen that one…

    a US citizen with dual Israeli citizenship would always have decision vis a vis Israel second guessed…

  16. Yeah, I think using “victimize” is a bit over the top in this case. It’s getting wearisome with so many people being “outraged” over nothing these days. Fox “News plays the ‘outrage’ card better than anybody.

  17. The US doesn’t recognize duel citizenship. When you are naturalized you give up your citizenship to your birth nation, even though that country may still consider you one of their own (I used to date someone who came from Scotland and though he became a US citizen he held onto his British passport). I believe we may be the only country that does this. All that said, how the hell would Bernie or any other member have become an Israeli citizen? Do people think that being Jewish automatically confers citizenship? I suppose my mutt background makes me a citizen of Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, and who the fuk else knows.

  18. Come on Folks – Bernie handled the statement with aplomb and Diane Riehm apologized profusely for not asking the question properly. The meme of dual citizenship was put out about Bernie probably in response to the fact that the GOP had a Candidate who did have dual citizenship – as see this is no big deal. It needed to be addressed and cleared up before it got a life of its own.

    Yes, that gem of a lie has been not only on FB, but posted here on politicus blog site by RW Trolls and other RW websites. When a lie is put out on the ethernet and it is not addressed, it gets repeated over and over as if it is the truth. Eventually, these lies are taken as gospel. That is why GOP lies must be addressed head on.

  19. From Wikipedia.,United States nationality law:
    …” Although naturalizing citizens are required to undertake an oath renouncing previous allegiances, the oath has never been enforced to require the actual termination of original citizenship.[28]

    Although the U.S. government does not endorse dual citizenship as a matter of policy, it recognizes the existence of dual citizenship and completely tolerates the maintenance of multiple citizenship by U.S. citizens….”

  20. What they always forget is that this is nothing new to Bernie. he’s dealt with this his whole life. And he’s won when conventional wisdom said otherwise

  21. Well, I know Diane Rehm. No one I know works harder than she does. None have more integrity, or more allegiance to the truth. She has interviewed me for several of my books, and when she did, her questions were insightful, well informed and exact. I complemented her after one interview. “I’ve never been interviewed by anyone in the media who actually read my work from cover to cover and could intelligently talk about it,” I said. She could have taken that complement and let it go at that, but she is too honest. Her response was, “Oh I haven’t read it. I could never find the time to read the books of all the people I interview every day. My producers read it and then furnished me with some very good questions.” Later that year, when the Penn-Faulkner Board gave an award to John Updike, Diane was going to introduce him. She wanted a speech prepared for her and her usual writers were not available for some reason. I volunteered to write some remarks for her. I did so, she delivered them…

  22. I quit listening to Rehm in the post 9/11 period when she started soft balling her interviewees questions. At least her callers would ask the tough questions. In order to stop that her second hour that had been devoted to callers became her “Ocra” hour devoted to book reviews. She has become irrelevant.If you listened to her b4 9/11 you might know what I mean. If you didn’t ,you probably won’t! I have dual citizenship with Ireland because my parents hadn’t completed the mandatory 10 year waiting period to become US citizens when I was born. Perhaps Mr Sanders falls into that category also but with Poland

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