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General News    H1'ed 8/5/16

MEDIA MANIPULATION: DNC leaks reveal NY Times, MSNBC helped sabotage Sanders

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Sanders delegate Nomiki Konst told the Washington Post deals were being made up to the last second to assuage angry progressives so they wouldn't spoil Hillary's big TV moment. Many were surprised to hear Hillary promise to "get money out of politics" because the same day she said this, she took in $45 million from hedge fund managers.

MSNBC IN BAG: Another leak suggested MSNBC acquiesced to the DNC as well, stating that Rachel Maddow producer Steve Benen used language supplied by the DNC and the Hillary campaign in an article meant to paint Bernie Sanders supporters as destructive to the party. The NY Times also ran with a similar narrative after the DNC pushed fake accounts of "violence" at the Nevada convention including falsified reports of thrown chairs.

Last January, Maddow was defending Bernie Sanders, refuting Hillary's claim he was the first to "go negative" by bringing up her Wall Street contributions. Maddow did this right to Hillary's face, in fact.

TURNING POINT: But following an off-the-record meeting between DNC brass and MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Maddow by mid-May was on the air urging Sanders to drop out of the race, and even played a stock footage clip of flying chairs to support accounts that Bernie supporters got violent and threw chairs during the Nevada Democratic Convention. Those accounts were almost immediately proven false but Maddow hasn't ever corrected the record.

Maddow continued withering attacks on Sanders for weeks, even reading anonymously sourced hit pieces about him on the air as she beat the drums for his concession. Many a former fan is today lamenting Maddow's obvious on-air electioneering and broadcast bias.

In light of these damning leaks, the DNC has sacked four officials to date, but the media hasn't yet confessed to slanting coverage, acting as if we don't have the Internet.

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