On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on as her guest. Maddow asked Sanders to share his thoughts on the possibility of the Republican Party imploding this year should Republicans chose not to support their party’s nominee in the fall.
However, Sanders didn’t take the bait. Instead, the senator ripped off the curtain to reveal something Republicans don’t want the American public to know. He said that if it weren’t for the corporate media, the Republican party would be utterly irrelevant almost overnight. Sanders said:
I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two-tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you—and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.
The Republican Party today now is a joke,” he continued, “maintained by a media which really does not force them to discuss their issues.
In 1979, Sanders wrote an essay in which he argued that television networks were “using the well-tested Hitlerian principle that people should be treated as morons and bombarded over and over again with the same simple phrases and ideas” used to prevent Americans from utilizing their critical thinking.
Sanders touched on the same themes in his book titled, Outsider in the House, where he made the case that media coverage of O.J. Simpson was dumbing down America with sensationalized coverage. For example, the wall-to-wall media coverage of the OJ Simpson trial effectively put more important issues like “corporate disinvestment in the United States” off of most the American people’s radar.
Interestingly enough, when Maddow asked Sanders last fall what he would consider his “dream job,” the Senator wasted no time in blurting out, “president of CNN.”
Here’s the video.
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