So last night there was this little thing on TV, on CNN to be more specific, called the Democratic Debate. Perhaps you heard about it. In the first face-off between the Democratic candidates hoping to secure a nomination on the road to becoming President, they were set to appear in front of a national television audience for the first time in this election cycle. Of course there’s been a lot of talk about the lack of debates and who has benefited the most from that.
It pretty much went the way I expected to, with Bernie being the only guy he knows how to be and the rest of the performers spewing out well rehearsed talking points. That’s not to say Bernie’s talking points aren’t well rehearsed, hell he’s been talking about them for decades but he didn’t need change a thing with his approach and how he wants to deliver his message.
Whether it was taking on “casino-capitalism, or the legalization of Marijuana, Sanders had a believable answer for everything, instead of the all too often political rhetoric that happens on game night. The rhetoric that includes the thinking “How do I answer this and not lose poll position?”. Throughout this campaign Bernie has given zero thought to saying something that fits in a nice little corporate media box but he does have an agenda, it’s just that you and I are part of it.
After his performance at the debate last night, even a lot of his new supporters have been astounded by the amount of people that don’t want him in the White House. Of course a lot of us who have been feeling the bern for months or years understand that this is not going to be an easy fight. From day one Bernie has talked about the game being rigged and that the only way we are going to change it is to have millions of people come together and vote for their best interest, rather than who has the nicest hair or whatever.
In terms of who won the actual debate, Sanders definitely seemed to have the upper hand but I think it’s important to take a look at all the people that think he won. A quick run-down of online places and focus groups that Bernie won includes, well, virtually every place we could find online that had a poll and every focus group we found. And he didn’t just squeak by, a vast majority of people feel he won.
Bernie Sanders came out on top of the CNN focus group, the Fusion focus group, and the Fox News focus group (converting some Hillary supporters in the process)- He also won the Slate online poll, the CNN/Time online poll, 9News Colorado, The Street online poll, Fox5 poll, the conservative Drudge online poll and the liberal Daily Kos online poll. There are many others I didn’t list but you get the picture, he won everywhere except in mainstream media. But in the end, even with the vast majority of the 15+ million people saying Bernie won, the corporate media including CNN and CBS called her the winner. The New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, Politico, Slate, New York Magazine, and Vox all said Clinton wiped the floor with Sanders. It’s of course frustrating but not shocking. It’s happened ever since he got in the race.
But has the MSM gone too far this time?
It’s not like they’ve never bent the truth in the past and had the online voting results been closer they might have been able to sweep this one under the rug as well – but not this time. The numbers were just too lopsided. So this is my take-away. While some people think they’ve been paid off, let’s put that aside for now and look at it like this: The corporate media thinks you are wrong, they think they know what is best for you and in that fashion they act exactly like establishment politicians. Establishment politicians care very little of what their constituents want, they vote in manners that fulfill their own agendas, oftentimes benefiting special interest groups rather than the people that elected them.
Let’s be honest about something here and maybe give corporate media the benefit of the doubt for a second. Maybe they just aren’t fully aware of the vast numbers of supporters Bernie has. If all they’ve done is check out their own polling numbers and not really looked at where the numbers came from, they might not know how big this movement is. After the debate ended last night and the pundits were sitting around discussing the performances of the candidates, even as the Facebook polling number showed Sanders with a massive lead, they all seemed shocked but then quickly dismissed those numbers, in effect saying our voice doesn’t matter.
But we do have a message for them. Our voice matters. Social media matters. Bernie Sanders has had little in the way of traditional campaign coverage in comparison to the other top candidates, so he has turned to the people to become the media and in fact create a media network of their own to the help spread the message. Of course social media is a big part of that and if they(the corporate media) think that doesn’t matter, well they just haven’t been paying enough attention and that’s a big part of their problem.
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