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America's party-line corporate media: The Democratic Primary Race Has Been Called Before 15% of the Country Votes

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Reading the papers and listening to the radio about the Democratic primary race, which is reaching its climax tomorrow in California, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, I'm having a powerful sense of deja vu harking back to my years living and working as a journalist in China in the 1990s.

The news reports all feel like the regurgitation of a party line, with the usually cautious Associated Press not even waiting for June 7 to announce in a bold headline that "Clinton has Delegates to Win Democratic Nomination". As the usually cautious news agency wrote late on June 6 in a report datelined Los Angeles and immediately picked up and aired uncritically by ABC and NBC national news desks:

Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Clinton's rise to presumptive nominee arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Back then, she famously noted her inability to 'shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling.'

...The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates. Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

"Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. She also has the support of 571 superdelegates, according to an Associated Press count."

And there you have it. California, the largest state in the nation, with nine percent of the nation's population and a demographic that closely mirrors the nation's could vote to reject the Democratic Party's "presumptive" nominee on Tuesday, along with five other states, perhaps bringing Bernie Sanders to within less than 200 votes of Hillary Clinton's total of pledged delegates, but because of the 400 super delegates who said way back before the first primary vote was cast that they would back Clinton -- all of them unelected, and many actually lobbyists who have their delegate positions because they bought them -- and a hundred more, most of whom were bought by the Clinton campaign, Hillary Clinton according to this party-line corporate media, will still become the party's nominee for president.

And this is supposed to be a democratic process in a democratic country!

What a sad joke.

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