During an appearance on The Ed Show, Bernie Sanders confirmed that the television networks didn’t want him on their shows because he is a liberal.
On The Ed Show, Sen. Sanders said was asked about if appearing on a lot of television shows was part of his strategy.
The Democratic presidential candidate said, “Well, look Ed, given my politics over the years, it’s been hard for us to get on network television, by the way, and you have been very kind, and I appreciate it, because I’m on your show a lot. But our main strategy is basically going out to the American people. We’ve been having many many town meetings, and you’ve indicated we’ve had extraordinary crowds and enthusiastic turnouts all over this country.”
Sanders also rejected the latest national polling that shows him trailing Hillary Clinton by sixty points, “By the way, we’re not sixty points behind. There’s no question that Hillary Clinton is ahead of us. I think the gap is narrowing. I think that poll is very different from other polls that I have seen. If you look at New Hampshire, if you look at Iowa, the numbers are closer, and we’re gaining momentum.”
It took Bernie Sanders years to get on Meet The Press. Sanders and all other liberals have basically been told that they aren’t welcome on network television. They are rarely invited on the Sunday shows. The Sunday programs would rather have John McCain on for the nine thousandth time to babble about why more Americans have to be sent off to war than give liberals a voice in the nationally televised political discussion.
The only reason that Bernie Sanders is getting on television now is that he is the main Democratic primary opposition to Hillary Clinton. If Sen. Sanders (I-VT) weren’t running for president, the television networks would continue to ignore him.
The truth is that the broadcast networks don’t want to hear from liberals. They are owned by corporations. Corporations sponsor the Sunday morning news programs. They don’t want to give airtime to the political leaders who express the real feelings of ordinary Americans. Bernie Sanders is a threat to the billionaires and corporate oligarchs, and his determination to tell the truth kept him off of network television for years.
With millions rallying behind him, the difference is that the networks can no longer ignore Bernie Sanders.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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