The current crop of Democrats running for president are the most left-leaning at least in my lifetime, if not ever. And of course among them is Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and democratic socialist who came frighteningly close to capturing the nomination in 2016.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how the Sanders campaign was skipping the
Nutroots Netroots Nation ostensibly over a scheduling issue but also because of Sanders’ fear of bias against him by a panel moderator. Now Bernie and his campaign staff are expressing their worries about bias at – of all places – MSNBC.
The Daily Beast reports that one of the campaign’s biggest concerns is that commentators (not reporters) might – gasp – interject their own opinions into the discussions, and those opinions might not be favorable to Bernie!
“More often than not these commentators are injecting their opinion without any policy discussions,” Nina Turner, the national co-chair of Sanders’ campaign, told The Daily Beast. “They’re not there to tell the gospel truth.”
Oh, the humanity!
The Sanders campaign has trotted out the example of analyst Mimi Rocah opining that Bernie makes her “skin crawl” and that he doesn’t give the impression of caring much about women’s issues. Campaign staff even took to Twitter to rail against Rocah.
It’s audacious to think that every host and guest on MSNBC should fawn over Bernie and not express opinions that aren’t automatically favorable to the senator. After all, these folks aren’t meant to be objective reporters; rather, they’re paid to inject their take into the news story. That’s the case at Fox and CNN as well as at MSNBC.
It’s also worth pointing out that Sanders has appeared on MSNBC nine times so far this year, the same amount of times he went on the network in the first six months of 2016. So it’s not as if he never gets the chance to speak for himself or get his message across to MSNBC’s viewers.
The campaign is so paranoid about bias against Bernie that they’ve started working on their own content, from web series to podcasts. That way, they can share the Bernie story without any of that pesky disagreement stuff.
Clearly Bernie and his campaign staff are too thin-skinned to handle any sort of challenge to his ridiculous policies and messaging. What do they think would happen if he got elected (heaven forbid)?
If your candidate and his message can’t withstand criticism or disagreement – especially from the most left wing mainstream television news outlet, why even bother?