Bernie Sanders Supporters Get Snubbed at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

Moco4Bernie
From MoCo4Bernie Facebook Group

From the Montgomery County For Bernie Grassroots Campaign:

If you’re on this page, you probably already know that the WJLA television broadcast of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade omitted the presence of the Bernie Sanders supporters. The WJLA broadcast cut to a commercial break just as the Bernie Sanders float was approaching the television cameras. When they returned from the break, all traces of the Bernie Sanders supporters were long gone.

Send your media blackout complaints to News Channel 8 WJLA

We’re very disappointed, to say the least. Our volunteers really worked hard to make a fun and entertaining presence in the parade. They poured their hearts into the project, donating countless hours preparing the float and purchasing supplies with their hard-earned money.

In response to this hurtful oversight, we are encouraging all local Bernie supporters to contact the station and urge them to include the Bernie float and supporters in all re-broadcastings of the Parade. The station is scheduled to re-broadcast several times on Thanksgiving Day.

Provided below is a message you can use when contacting the station. Feel free to include your own sentiments but we encourage you not to accuse the station of political bias – we do not believe this slight against our group was intentional or malicious.

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To: newsdesk@wjla.com
CC: campaignlaw@fcc.gov

To the Station Manager(s) of WJLA,

I was disappointed that the Bernie Sanders float was not included in your broadcast of the 2015 Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. Just before the camera turned to the Bernie float, you cut to commercial break. When you returned from the break, you had skipped the Bernie supporters altogether.

This omission of the Bernie Float and its supporters is disconcerting when you consider that all the other floats supporting political candidates were awarded air time – Hillary Clinton, Chris Van Hollen, Jaime Raskin and a few others. This is unfair treatment to the participants of the Parade and the political candidates they represent.

I urge you to include the Bernie Sanders float when you rebroadcast the parade on thanksgiving day, Nov. 26th.

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Also, post it to their Facebook page as well.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/wjlatv

Thank you,
Bill Cook & Joshua Thomas
MoCo4Bernie

For what it’s worth here is the station’s lame attempt at an explanation.

G.A. Casebeer

9 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders Supporters Get Snubbed at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

  • November 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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    Very sad that reporters are allowed to get by with things they shouldn’t today. unethical.

  • November 24, 2015 at 10:01 am
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    incredible corporate media is doing every thing they can to make sure Bernie Sanders gets no air time and that is about as disgusting as it gets, you would have not done this to Hillary Clinton i am quite sure…..
    free press is trampled because the FCC has allowed just a few corporations to own nearly all radio, television and newspaper forms of press and you are all in cahoots on lots of stuff from the Iraq war to even this kind of censorship and or propaganda spewing of information….
    we the people see it…….
    and we the people wont forget it.

  • November 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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    I’d bet the local Bernie supporters and others who photographed the parade could supply a nice array of still photos that could be inserted in your rebroadcast. It would be the right gesture for the station to make.

  • November 24, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    I wrote this on WJLA’s facebook page:

    WJLA has said that they don’t have tape of the Bernie contingent in the Thanksgiving parade of Nov. 21 in Silver Spring. I find it hard to believe that cameras stop rolling when they go to commercial during a live event. Furthermore the rebroadcasts will not be edited, they will simply be repeated as originally broadcast. I’ll bet if there had been an incident during the commercial they’d have tape of it! Lame of WJLA, shame on WJLA! I’m sure that being a part of the conservative Sinclair Broadcast group had NOTHING to do with it.

    • November 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      I find it very hard to believe as well.

  • November 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm
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    All media is run by big bucks. Biased news like FOX is the most outstanding but don’t for a minute that (especially local) are immune to things like tickets to games, gift cards etc. that can’t be traced. It’s all politics in one form or another. Bernie isn’t one of the “cronies”, he tells the truth, one thing media is paid to ignore.

  • November 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm
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    I think it’s quite obvious that you planned to show Hillary and to not show Bernie. SHAME ON YOU! It’s not right and I don’t believe that you don’t have any footage on the Bernie Campaign group. I’m quite sure you could get your hands on some footage to fix this issue from a local Bernie campaign organizer now couldn’t you? So prove you mean well and fix this or go down in everyone eyes as bought and bias.

  • November 25, 2015 at 5:09 am
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    The media SUCKS!!!…and so does Racist South Carolina.

  • November 27, 2015 at 3:20 am
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    This was not a mistake. It is typical right wing big money corruption!

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