Bernie Sanders: Modern Media a Threat to Democracy

August 28, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ripped the modern media and said “gossip, punditry and clickbait” dominate today’s news.

The comments from the Democratic presidential hopeful came in a column for the Columbia Journalism Review, posted on Monday.

“When we have had real journalism, we have seen crimes like Watergate exposed and confronted, leading to anti-corruption reforms,” he said. “When we have lacked real journalism, we have seen crimes like mortgage fraud go unnoticed and unpunished, leading to a devastating financial crisis that destroyed millions of Americans’ lives.”

He said one of the reasons the U.S. does not have enough real journalism right now “is because many outlets are being gutted by the same forces of greed that are pillaging our economy.”

“Over the past 15 years, more than 1,400 communities across the country have lost newspapers, which are the outlets local television, radio, and digital news sites rely on for reporting,” Sanders wrote.

“At precisely the moment when we need more reporters covering the healthcare crisis, the climate emergency, and economic inequality, we have television pundits paid tens of millions of dollars to pontificate about frivolous political gossip, as local news outlets are eviscerated.”

He said America needs to “rebuild and protect a diverse and truly independent press.”

Sanders maintained “a functioning democracy” requires allowing real journalists to do the job they love.

When I am president, my administration will put in place policies that will reform the media industry and better protect independent journalism at both the local and national levels,” he said.

via newsmax

Recent Comments

  1. Arnold

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    August 28, 2019 @ 3:04 pm

    Huh, well even a broken clock is correct twice a day. If a Socialist is calling out the media then the LSM is getting even worse.

  2. John

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    August 28, 2019 @ 7:42 pm

    I lived under the “Socialist – and – Communist Doctrine in Europe between 1945 and 1954.
    The saying was like: “Whats Yours is Mine, however ,whats Mine is none of your Business”
    The Elite lived like kings and we the the rest of the people had a hard time to feed our families
    and find sufficient wood or even coal to heat our homes.
    Say Good By to the United States as we know it today if you vote for Bernie !!

  3. Guy S

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    August 29, 2019 @ 12:15 am

    Of course, he didn’t mention banking failures and mortgage fraud were caused by Bill Clinton’s policies. And why didn’t the media go after Obama for all of his scandals and corruption?

    For a Socialist, Bernie is lacking in brain cells. Ok, ALL Socialists are lacking in brain cells. My point is, Socialism claims to stand up for the little guy, as long as the little guy doesn’t stand up and keeps his mouth shut. How dare we, as “little people” who need to “sit down and shut up” actually use modern technologies and social media to communicate what’s REALLY going on in the world?!!!

    How on earth can they control the narrative when we’re free to talk amongst ourselves? That’s what scares the hell out of them. Right Bernie?

  4. ANI4ANI

    Reply
    August 29, 2019 @ 6:08 am

    What does Bernie know about democracy?

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