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Corporate Media Wants Anybody but Warren or Sanders

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Anyone who's been paying attention should get the picture by now. Overall, in subtle and sledgehammer ways, the mass media of the United States -- owned and sponsored by corporate giants -- are in the midst of a siege against the two progressive Democratic candidates who have a real chance to be elected president in 2020.

Some of the prevalent media bias has taken the form of protracted swoons for numerous "center lane" opponents of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The recent entry of Michael Bloomberg has further jammed that lane, adding a plutocrat "worth" upwards of $50 billion to a bevy of corporate politicians.

The mainline media are generally quite warm toward so-called "moderates," without bothering to question what's so moderate about such positions as bowing to corporate plunder, backing rampant militarism and refusing to seriously confront the climate emergency.

Critical reporting on debate performances and campaign operations has certainly been common. But the core of the "moderate" agenda routinely gets affirmation from elite journalists who told us in no uncertain terms four years ago that Hillary Clinton was obviously the nominee who could defeat Donald Trump.

This year, Sanders has taken most of the flak from reporters and pundits (often virtually indistinguishable), serving as a kind of "heat shield" for Warren. But as Warren gained ground in polling this fall, the attacks on her escalated -- to the point that she now has a corporate media bulls-eye on her political back.

"What's at stake includes democracy -- the informed consent of the governed -- and so much more."

The disconnect between voters and corporate media is often huge. Meanwhile, with fly-on-the-wall pretenses, media outlets that have powerfully distorted proposals like Medicare for All are now reporting (with thinly veiled satisfaction) that voters are cool to those proposals.

The Washington Post, owned by one of the world's richest people Jeff Bezos, has routinely spun Medicare for All as some sort of government takeover. In a prominent Nov. 30 news story that largely attributed Warren's recent dip in polls to her positioning on healthcare, the Post matter-of-factly -- and falsely -- referred to Medicare for All as "government-run healthcare" and "a government-run health plan."

Such pervasive mass-media reporting smoothed the way for deceptions that have elevated Pete Buttigieg in polls during recent weeks with his deceptive "Medicare for All Who Want It" slogan. That rhetoric springboards from the false premises that Medicare for All would deprive people of meaningful choice and would somehow reduce coverage.

In late September, with scant media scrutiny, Buttigieg launched an ad campaign against Medicare for All that has continued. Using insurance-industry talking points, he is deliberately confusing the current "choice" of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that top-quality Medicare for everyone would offer.

Mainstream media outlets are ill-positioned to refute such distortions since they're routinely purveying such distortions themselves. Warren's backtracking step on Medicare for All in mid-November was a tribute to media pressure in tandem with attacks from centrist opponents.

The idea of implementing some form of a substantial "wealth tax" has also been denigrated by many corporate-employed journalists. Countless pundits and political beat reporters have warned that proposals like a wealth tax, from Warren and Sanders, risk dragging Democrats down with voters. The truth is that such proposals are unpopular with the punditocracy and the extremely wealthy -- while it's a very different matter for most voters, who strongly favor a wealth tax.

On the same day this fall, the New York Times and the Washington Post published stories on Democratic elites' "anxiety" about the presidential election. The Post wrote that Democrats "fret" Warren and Sanders "are too liberal to win a general election." (With disdain, the article made a matter-of-fact reference to "the push for liberal purity.") The Times similarly wrote of "persistent questions about Senator Elizabeth Warren's viability in the general election." Contrary voices were absent in both news stories.

Assessing those articles, FAIR.org media analyst Julie Hollar pointed out: "The pieces interviewed a number of big donors and centrist party leaders, who fretted about their preferred candidate's struggles and expressed hope for someone more corporate-friendly than Warren to enter the race and challenge her rise."

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Is Solomon losing it?

Warren was the darling a couple of months ago.

Who they want least is MAJOR TULSI GABBARD.

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Major Gabbard is still part of the serial mass murder machine subordinate to the large international corporations that bribe and dictate to Congress and the White House.

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The corporate media is primarily against Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang. They know that Chameleon Warren can be controlled as her actions in the past have been on career-advancing not on getting something accomplished that serves the masses. She will rant tirelessly against Wall Street as that's what the people want to hear, but will also get huge donations from that same Wall Street gang, both advance her career.

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Grammarian strike...."media" is plural..so it's Media ARE, not "is".


Off-putting when the lingo is incorrect like that. One might think...where else is the writer wrong?

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Oops, I did not realize OEN was a doctoral program in grammar, but the term "corporate media" is the term used as the sum of media sources, hence can be used in the singular form dependent upon the writer's preference. Using this preference does receive criticism in some situations, like this, however is acceptable among most critics.

That said, Elizabeth Warren is still a chameleon as she changes colors dependent upon what questions she is given and Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang are still being blacked out by the media.

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Yeah, I was angry to see the anti-progressive commentary right after the Democratic debate in Atlanta. An old white guy on MSNBC was pleading loudly for a "moderate" Democratic candidate. Clearly, this is a decision by MSNBC's leadership.

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Since "media" is a plural term, it's "Corporate media want...", not "wants".

A big problem is that supposed "Public Broadcasting", with all its private corporate support, is Pretend Public. No protests have been noted, yet, at corporatized "Public" broadcasting sites.


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When sharing info. about corporate media, please also include the URL below, which identifies and describes seven propaganda techniques identified by Clyde Raymond Miller in the 1940's. Miller is still considered to be a leading authority on the topics of propaganda and persuasion. His list of propaganda techniques is an important eye-opener, and you might be amazed when you read them. Please pass this on. Thanks. click here

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Thank you for the link.

I note Miller cites his primary source as the book The Fine Art of Propaganda. As best I can tell with a quick search, it was written by Albert McClung Lee and his wife Elizabeth Bryant Lee, and subtitled An Analysis of Father Coughlin's speeches. The same Amazon page that lists a used paperback copy for $35 also suggests a book titled Radio Priest: Charles Coughlin, The Father of Hate Radio. Hate radio, one of Trumps biggest allies.

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As I recall, it was the same for Sanders in 2016, and that polls just prior to the nominating convention showing Sanders to poll better against Trump than Clinton did.

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It's going to be funny to watch the "progressive" DEMs try to sell their platform of socialism, open borders, free health care to illegals, reparations, and the multi trillion dollar Green New Deal to the American people against Trump selling his success at generating peace, jobs, and prosperity. The DEMs have completely lost their way. All they have is OrangeManBad. Blacks are leaving the DEM plantation. Trump won with 8% black support, and he is currently polling at 34% favorability in the black community. This alone will doom the DEMs in 2020.

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@TruthWillPrevail20, "The Dems" are actually in a civil war. Anyone who has been paying attention understands this. The Democratic establishment is the Obama/Clinton corporate party that we have known since the early 70's. The Sanders/Gabbard/Yang group wants to return to the roots of the modern Democratic Party, which is FDR's new deal.


The OrangeManBad nonsense is the corporate Dems, not the Sanders wing. The corporate Dems are the ones pushing identity politics and Russiagate/Ukraine-gate. The Sanders wing is not.


Understand the difference, otherwise you are not going to see things accurately.

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I generally agree with what you say, but think the Sanders/Gabbard/Yang wing is also off track. Granted, they are not the despicable establishment DEMs, who like the despicable establishment Republicans, serve the globalists. Those same globalists who control the corporate media which pushes the Trump hysteria. Why? Because Trump is not controlled by them. He is the first president since JFK (who they killed) who dares to take them on. I didn't vote for Trump, but I respect his efforts to take down the deep state.

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"Anybody"? The Deep State has already picked their "anybody" - Buttigieg. Once Biden stumbles fatally in his campaign, Mayor Pete takes over as Empty Suit, Flavor of the year( find a black guy or gay guy or woman or black woman - as novelty triumphs over the issues).

He bent the knee to the warmongers by talking about using the military against Mexico.

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