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OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 10/14/15

Hillary Clinton's Top-Down Trifecta May Not Be Enough to Beat Bernie's Bottom-up Power

Sanders and Clinton at CNN debate
We've known about Hillary's top-down big name superdelegates and Super-PAC and big donor resources. But she has had a powerful card up her sleeve that the media hasn't discussed. That's because that card IS the media-- the mainstream, corporate media have uniformly lined up to sell Hillary's performance in the first debate as a win, to sell her as towering over the field, strong, presidential, bold and progressive. There was a surfeit of superlatives.
It doesn't matter which network on mainstream newspaper you read. They're all saying Hillary won. As I write this Comcast/MSNBC has Hillary supporter LA Former Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa extolling her wonderfulness.
Time Magazine and CNN both headline Hillary as the winner, even though their own post-debate user polls show that Bernie Sanders massively won over Clinton.
And check out this article: 7 Major Headlines: Clinton Clearly Winning the MSM War!
My point is the big money, megacorporation owned networks and big media are attempting to shape the primary election from the top down. They are attempting to tell viewers the results of the debate.
Donors, superdelegates and a lock on the MSM gives Hillary a top-down trifecta. But it may not be enough to beat Bernie.
The problem is there were many post-debate polls. Hundreds of thousands of people responded. While they are not scientific they do reflect bottom-up supporter energy. See my article here: Sanders Crushes in EVERY Post Debate Poll -- 7 Different Poll Results I had grabbed the results an hour or two after the debate But hundreds of thousands of additional people voted in the polls.

Oddly I can't find the CNN poll this morning. It seems to have disappeared. (If any readers can find it, please post the link in the comments.)

What can we conclude from this mainstream media "situation?"
  • Top-down advocacy for Hillary will provide her potentially tens or hundreds of millions in free advertising
  • MSM dishonest, biased coverage, using Clinton surrogates adds an additional, though not really surprising challenge to the Sanders campaign
  • We have already seen that the big, top-down mainstream media political polling has been tainted by the interest in making corporate-friendly Hillary. We can expect more of the same. For example, a Fox poll that matches Hillary and Biden, but not Sanders against GOP candidates.
  • For Sanders, or any candidate who is not "chosen" by the MSM, it is absolutely necessary for them to use bottom-up means to get their message and their momentum and excitement out to supporters and potential supporters.
  • given the vindictive, nasty nature of networks and their pundit surrogates, Sanders and others in his shoes cannot directly confront or accuse the MSM of their abuse of their power and influence.
  • Sanders, Trump and other campaigns that are not the "chosen" by the MSM have to be prepared for the MSM to manufacture Howard Dean Scream moments, as I've written about here: How Will Sanders and Trump face their Howard Dean Moments
  • We have started to see the Clinton campaign surrogates trying out the Howard Dean scream attack on Bernie Sanders already. Pundits and anchors have described Sanders as shouting.

    One bottom-up way to help the campaign is to share articles that point out what the MSM is doing. The mainstream media have obligations. Networks that use the airwave licenses they've been granted have an obligation to truth. All media have an obligation to democracy and truth. They are failing betraying readers and viewers by their biased coverage. They deserve to lose the trust of the masses. Letting your friends and followers on Facebook, twitter, instagram, reddit, blogs, listserves, etc. can offer some balance to the bogus narrative being peddled by the MSM.
    I don't have the time to do it, but it would be interesting to research the pundits calling the first debate a wain, to see which of them have donated to or endorsed Hillary.
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