The Bern Campaign
Spreads Despite Biased
Feel The Bern?
Back in college, my Mass Communications professor once asked a question: What is the main objective of all news networks? After the professor asked if anyone knew the answer, there was silence in the class. I pondered to myself, trying to think of what noble cause news outlets served. Before anyone could answer, my professor stated, “Profit.” That answer wasn’t on the radar for me. Fox News went through my mind, and I thought, ‘Biased, a political motive.’ MSNBC came across my mind, and I still thought, ‘Biased.’ Therefore, I was almost certain that the main objective was political reasons. I was somewhat in the ballpark, but not quite seeing the full picture. Politics is essentially the struggle for power, and with power comes money. CNN also came across my mind, but I saw it as being neutral, despite cries to the contrary from Fox and other news organizations. Things changed for me after watching their coverage of the Bern Campaign.
After following the recent Democratic debates, and particularly after listening to the commentary of CNN pundits, I today realize that it was a mistake to believe that CNN is “the most trusted name in news,” no more than I should believe that Fox is “Fair and Balanced.” Following the earlier debates, I thought that maybe CNN’s commentators may have simply had a different interpretation of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ debate performances, though my gut feeling told me otherwise. I’ve come to the conclusion that I was wrong. CNN is clearly campaigning for Clinton, and has been since she announced her candidacy. The stronger the Sanders movement becomes, the more dismissive CNN is of his campaign. Though Clinton did have one of her best moments tonight during the Iowa town hall meeting, CNN commentators are without a doubt intoxicated from drinking Clinton’s Kool-Aid. If Sanders walked on water, they would still say that Hillary was amazing, while dismissing Sanders.
What was more shocking than CNN’s commentary was Obama’s earlier slight directed at Sanders, likening him to fool’s gold. In so many words, Obama wrote off Sanders as an unsophisticated novice who doesn’t quite fully grasp the task at hand of taking over the Oval Office. Obama stated: “She (Clinton) is a good, smart, tough person who cares deeply about this country, and she has been in the public eye for a long time and in a culture in which new (referring to Sanders) is always better. And, you know, you’re always looking at the bright, shiny object that people don’t, haven’t seen before.” What’s remarkable about the president’s statement is that he was once that fresh face that no one knew. He was that bright, shiny object that no one had seen before. Despite this slight, the truth is that Sanders not only is more prepared to be president than Obama was, he uses a lot less hyperbole. I’m speaking of the guy who stated the following:
“Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when… the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.”
I can’t think of a time when I have openly questioned the motives of Obama, but this is the one time I call into question why he dismissed Sanders the way that he did. If he had simply endorsed Clinton, that would be different, but the way he hypocritically took a shot at Sanders was tasteless. In fact, it brought back a memory of when he distanced himself from his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. “He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do,” stated Wright.
There seems to be many people in the pocket for Clinton. However, it’s still the beginning for Sanders. Just as those doubted Obama’s first candidacy while propping up Clinton’s in her failed run for president, their efforts may be in vain once again. Despite CNN attempt to smother the flames of the Bern Campaign, Sanders has a legitimate chance to win the White House.