Why The Major Media Marginalize Bernie

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“Bernie did well last weekend but he can’t possibly win the nomination,” a
friend told me for what seemed like the thousandth time, attaching an article from the Washington Post that shows how
far behind Bernie remains in delegates.

Wait a minute. Last Tuesday, Sanders
won 78 percent of the vote in Idaho and 79 percent in Utah. This past Saturday,
he took 82 percent of the vote in Alaska, 73 percent in Washington, and 70
percent in Hawaii.

In fact, since March 15, Bernie has won six out of the seven Democratic
primary contests with an average margin of victory of 40 points. Those
victories have given him roughly a one hundred additional pledged delegates. 

As of now, Hillary Clinton has 54.9
percent of the pledged delegates to Bernie Sanders’s 45.1
percent.That’s still a sizable gap – but it doesn’t make Bernie an impossibility.

Moreover, there are 22 states to go with nearly 45 percent of pledged delegates still up for grabs – and Bernie has positive momentum in almost all of them.

Hillary Clinton’s lead in superdelegates will vanish
if Bernie gains a majority of pledged delegates.

Bernie is outpacing Hillary Clinton in fundraising. In February, he raised
$42 million (from 1.4 million contributions, averaging $30 each), compared to
her $30 million. In January he raised $20 million to her $15 million.

By any measure, the enthusiasm for Bernie is huge and keeps growing. He’s
packing stadiums, young people are flocking to volunteer, support is rising
among the middle-aged and boomers.

In Idaho and Alaska he
exceeded the record primary turnout in 2008, bringing thousands of new voters. He
did the same thing in Colorado, Kansas, Maine, and Michigan as well.

Yet if you read the Washington Post or the New York
, or watch CNN or even MSNBC, or listen to the major pollsters and
pundits, you’d come to the same conclusion as my friend. Every success by
Bernie is met with a story or column or talking head whose message is “but he
can’t possibly win.”

Some Sanders supporters speak in dark tones about a media conspiracy against Bernie. That’s baloney. The mainstream media are
incapable of conspiring with anyone or anything. They wouldn’t dare try. Their
reputations are on the line. If the public stops trusting them, their brands
are worth nothing.

The real reason the major media can’t see what’s happening is
because the national media exist inside the bubble of establishment politics, centered in
Washington, and the bubble of establishment power, centered in New York.

As such, the major national media are interested mainly in personalities and in the money
behind the personalities. Political reporting is dominated by stories about the
quirks and foibles of the candidates, and about the people and resources behind them.  

Within this frame of reference, it seems nonsensical that a 74-year-old Jew from
Vermont, originally from Brooklyn, who calls himself a Democratic socialist,
who’s not a Democratic insider and wasn’t even a member of the Democratic Party
until recently, who has never been a fixture in the Washington or Manhattan circles
of power and influence, and who has no major backers among the political or
corporate or Wall Street elites of America, could possibly win the nomination.

But precisely because the major media are habituated to paying attention to
personalities, they haven’t been attending to Bernie’s message – or to its
resonance among Democratic and independent voters (as well as many
Republicans). The major media don’t know how to report on movements.

In addition, because the major media depend on the wealthy and powerful for revenues,
because their reporters and columnists rely on the establishment for news and access, because their top media
personalities socialize with the rich and powerful and are themselves rich and powerful, and because their publishers and senior
executives are themselves part of the establishment, the major media have come
to see much of America through the eyes of the establishment.  

So it’s understandable, even if unjustifiable, that the major media haven’t
noticed how determined Americans are to reverse the increasing concentration of
wealth and political power that have been eroding our economy and democracy. And it’s understandable, even if unjustifiable, that they continue to marginalize Bernie Sanders.

Repeat this over and over again until blood comes out of their fucking ears:

The real reason the major media can’t see what’s happening is
because the national media exist inside the bubble of establishment politics, centered in
Washington, and the bubble of establishment power, centered in New York.