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The Media Is Ignoring the Most Important Issue of Our Time

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If you feel like you haven't seen much, or any news, about Bernie Sanders and the democratic primary race, it's not just in your head.

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Over the weekend, the Tyndall Report revealed that mainstream nightly news shows, through the entirety of this year of 2015, have spent only 10 minutes of total coverage on Bernie Sanders, as opposed to 234 minutes of total coverage of Donald Trump.

The weird thing is, that polls show Bernie Sanders easily beats every Republican candidate in a general election, and by more than Hillary Clinton would.

But the media refuses to cover Senator Sanders, and even Hillary Clinton has largely dropped out of the headlines since the Benghazi emails were put to rest.

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It could be because Bernie wants to raise the taxes of millionaire network executives, or because Bernie is raising questions about how well we're being served by media consolidation and the rise of "infotainment" and the death of real "news."

At least that's what it's starting to look like. Even over at the "progressive bastion" of the mainstream media, MSNBC, Jose Diaz-Balart pushed a very recent NBC News poll that found terrorism to be the most important issue to Americans.

In fact, some in the defense-contractor-funded media like NPR are actually rationalizing not covering Bernie Sanders by lying and saying that Bernie isn't talking about ISIL, which the corporate media has deemed the most important issue to Americans.

Earlier today, David Greene spoke to Scott Horsley on NPR's Morning Edition about Clinton's strategy towards ISIL, and they took about two sentences to dismiss Bernie Sanders.

But they're wrong on both counts.

First, Bernie Sanders does have a plan, a detailed plan involving pulling together a coalition of Middle Eastern states to combat ISIS.

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In fact, he laid it out during a campaign rally just YESTERDAY, one day BEFORE Hillary Clinton announced her plan, a pesky fact that Greene and Horsley completely left out.

And second, this is very much a self-fulfilling prophecy, the media loves terror porn; keeping people afraid is profitable.

However, both common sense, and simple analysis, show that what really keeps most Americans up at night is money, or the lack of it.

For the first time in the lifetime of many Americans, the Middle Class now makes up less than half of the US population.

At the same time, working people are working longer and longer hours, because for 35 years Reaganomics has transferred their wealth to the richest Americans.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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