Despite Media and Polling Bias, Bernie Sanders is Winning…and the DNC Must Take Notice

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The media bias against U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is drastically increasing as we approach the third Democratic debate.  Apparently, a Bernie Sanders staffer improperly accessed data on the Hillary Clinton campaign, and now the media is running with the story as a “blow” to the Sanders campaign.  Sanders’ campaign alleges that the same issue had occurred previously, with its own data being exposed, but that they alerted the Democratic National Committee without “running to the media.”  The Democratic National Committee, which has been largely biased in favor of Clinton, has suspended Sanders’ campaign from access to its voter data.

Can anyone imagine the DNC suspending access to Clinton’s campaign for a staffer improperly accessing modeling data from Sanders’ campaign?  Of course not.  Since Sanders’ campaign has fired the staffer in question, the continued DNC suspension smacks of bullying.  It seems as if the organization is gleeful at the opportunity to penalize Sanders’ campaign for its audacity to continue to exist.

Oh, and can you imagine the hell that would break loose if a journalist like Barbara Walters said that Hillary Clinton did not look like a president?  It appears that the Democratic Party and the mainstream media is starting to pile on Bernie Sanders, perhaps finally having had enough of his competition with Clinton.  “We humored you in the summer and autumn, but now it’s time for you to drop this silly charade,” they seem to sneer.  “You’re breaking up party unity!”

Scared that Bernie Sanders might actually win Iowa and New Hampshire, is the media/DNC power structure trying to weaken him through blackouts, bullying, and favoritism toward Clinton?  Certainly, the media seems to play up positive news about Clinton while ignoring the bad, but doing the opposite when it comes to Sanders.  Even when the media does report on Sanders’ victories, blurbs about Clinton’s advantages in overall support are always prominent.

Unfortunately, the media and the Democratic National Committee are ignoring Bernie Sanders’ growing popularity at their own peril.  When it comes to non-partisan measures, Sanders is actually winning.  He won TIME’s public poll for 2015 Person of the Year by a tremendous margin.  He fares better than Clinton in hypothetical matchups against Republican candidates.  He is preferred by Millenials, the largest voting bloc.  And, most recently, he has received a record two million individual donations, doubling the number received by Barack Obama at this point in the 2008 presidential campaign.

When you look beyond stale polls of registered Democrats, you see that Bernie Sanders is winning.  He is the future.  This is scaring those who long ago hitched their wagon to the Clinton family, and they are using their power and influence to hide Sanders’ popularity.  They want many of Sanders’ supporters to give up, give in, and vote for Hillary Clinton.

If this happens, the Democratic Party will lose the 2016 general election.  Clinton is a stale candidate, known for flip-flopping and ducking and dodging.  She does not excite voters like Sanders does.  She will not inspire millions of previous non-voters to cast their first presidential election ballots.  Across the political aisle, however, conservatives and Republicans are galvanized.  Angry after eight years of Obama, they are ready and eager to vote en masse.

Only Bernie Sanders is dynamic enough to lead the Democratic Party to victory, and the DNC must look past its favoritism of Clinton to recognize that.

Calvin Wolf

By day, Calvin Wolf is a high school social studies teacher. By night, he is a freelance writer and novelist, penning political thrillers and commentary on politics, education, economics, foreign policy, and culture. In the past, he's worked as a professional cartoonist and as a backpacking guide. He once stood between a mother bear and her cub and emerged unscathed!

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