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Political Mass Hypnosis? - Bernie Sanders and Media Manipulation of the 2016 Presidential Race

Updated on March 11, 2016
Bernie Sanders packs arena, but can only get a ten second afterthought mention on the major media outlets.
Bernie Sanders packs arena, but can only get a ten second afterthought mention on the major media outlets. | Source

Political Death by Neglect

In the cutthroat world of American presidential politics, it is fashionable, almost obligatory at some point to blame the media. Ranting left wing hot-heads bemoan a right wing bias, pointing to Fox News. Right wing windbags decry the "liberal media," holding up CNN as an example.

Despite the eye rolling repetitiveness of this topic, I am convinced that the media influences who we vote for, or better yet, who we don't vote for. Despite conservative talking head demagoguery, however, the bias is not as ideologically clear cut as right wing versus left wing. During the primary season, part of the American electoral process by which party candidates are selected for the fall election, the television, print, and radio journalists appear to give major exposure to an "approved" candidate, at the expense of others of the same party seeking the nomination. The dark, insidious conclusion could be that the big media outlets have an agenda. The major news sources are corporations, so although there is definitely unprofessional journalism involved, I suppose one can understand that big money people gathered around a boardroom table will be pulling the puppet strings of their reporters and news anchors to protect their perceived financial interests.

But how do we explain it when non-profit news sources like National Public Radio, a media outlet supposedly financed by individuals and charitable grants, not by advertising dollars, also conforms to the trend to trumpet the virtues of one chosen candidate, while dismissing the others as irrelevant? Do the endowments of charitable trusts and foundations to public radio and television really come with no strings attached, or is there an expected quid pro quo involved? In other words, is any media outlet, be it as insignificant as The Postal Tsunami by Mel Carriere, or as massive and far reaching as CBS, completely free from the influence of money in its political reporting? If Hilary Clinton was buying ad space on my meager blog, would I be as quick to deliver my pro-Bernie rants?

Even supposedly unbiased NPR is not immune to the pull of the purse strings when reporting politics.
Even supposedly unbiased NPR is not immune to the pull of the purse strings when reporting politics. | Source

My Super Tuesday Epiphany

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, a day popularly known as Super Tuesday in American voting parlance, was an eye opening experience for me, a veritable electoral epiphany. My eyes were opened on that day to how the American mass media can influence voting behavior by either neglecting to report significant events, or reporting only one side of an issue as if it were the complete truth.

First of all, for those readers who are unfamiliar with the political system of the United States, Super Tuesday is the day on which the greatest number of states hold their primaries or caucuses. The number of primaries held on Super Tuesday varies by year, but in 2016 it included 11 states, making it the biggest primary block in the nomination process. Fading candidates typically bail out after a bad Super Tuesday.

Although Super Tuesday is definitely significant, it is not the end all factor to determine which candidate is going to be a party's nominee. After Super Tuesday, 35 states had still not held their elections, yet the media was reporting Hilary Clinton's Super Tuesday success as if if her eventual victory was an irreversible conclusion.

On Super Tuesday I was making a trip to the supermarket in the family minivan, one of millions of Americans going about the daily business of life accompanied by the soundtrack of American culture sound bites playing on the radio. I am probably one of the few eggheads among my neighbors that has National Public Radio (NPR) programmed into my preset buttons, perhaps with the mistaken notion that this is the most unbiased and thorough of the various news sources. Yes, I understand this station's liberal slant, but up until now I have labored under the illusion that, unlike the 15 second news flashes disseminated by corporate owned media, NPR gives its listeners enough information to form rational conclusions.

I don't believe this anymore. The Super Tuesday news I got in the family minivan was all from Hilary Clinton supporters and handlers, fawning about how inevitable she was and how the rest of the primary process would pretty much consist of going through the motions.

As a Bernie supporter, I have to confess that I was discouraged by this news. I took it as a sign that, although the Bern had made a good run and certainly had a positive influence on the Democratic Platform, he was all but finished. Stick a fork in that bushy balding head, he's done.

Then, on March 5th, my fervently pro-Bernie son texted me that Bern had taken Nebraska and Kansas. Two states pretty much solidly in the Bible Belt had come out in overwhelming support for a candidate with the ugly, ungodly "Democratic Socialist" label attached to him. Bernie had failed on Super Tuesday to appeal to the ultra righteous Deep South, but were Kansas and Nebraska a sign that there was hope in the less evangelical Northern and Midwestern states? March 8th proved that there was, when Bernie Sanders won Michigan, even though polling pundits had predicted Hilary's victory with a 99% probability. Who are these pundits, and who is paying them?

I went on Facebook and saw pro-Bernie rally pictures of packed arenas with thousands more standing outside, hoping to squeeze in. I took a look at the delegate count and realized that half of Hilary's reported delegates were of the unpledged, "super delegate" variety that are picked by the party machinery, not by the voters. The conclusion I drew from this evidence was that on the grass roots level the contest was still very close. My wavering faith returned, and I began to feel the Bern again. In the process, I realized that the media in general, and National Public Radio in particular, had lulled me into a false belief that Hilary's coronation was all but complete.

Will the media slant, or should we say the media blackout, become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Will potential or even active Bernie supporters hear the reports of Hilary's inevitability and become discouraged? Will they consider their votes wasted, then either climb on the Hilary bandwagon juggernaut or perhaps decline to vote altogether? Does the media have the ability to hypnotize the American public, and derail democracy in the process, by only reporting that which fits the boardroom agenda?

After Super Tuesday Bernie Sanders appeared done, but was Hilary Clinton's victory party premature?
After Super Tuesday Bernie Sanders appeared done, but was Hilary Clinton's victory party premature? | Source

The Bernie Blackout

Is the "Bernie Blackout" allegedly engineered by National Public Radio and other major news sources a reality, or just a phantom, hypochondriac malady complained about by sour grape, sore loser Bernie Sanders supporters? Here are a few examples of the phenomenon that demonstrate there may be some truth to it.

  • Alternet reports that Bernie Sanders gets 20 seconds of media coverage for every 81 minutes enjoyed by headline-grabbing ex-reality star Donald Trump.
  • In a Christian Science Monitor October 1, 2015, Alan Tyndall monitored broadcast news reports from ABC, NBC, and CBS and discovered that of the 504 minutes devoted at that point to the presidential race, Donald Trump had been given 145 minutes (nearly 30 percent) while Hilary Clinton’s campaign has been reported on for 82 minutes. By comparison, Bernie Sanders had been given a shockingly low eight minutes, or 1.5 percent, on network news. This was approximately the same amount slated for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was polling about 4 percent, while even at that time Bernie was running neck and neck with Clinton in several states.
  • On August 10, 2015, the Huffington Post reported - The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena overflowed tonight, not for a sports event, but to hear a 73 year old Senator speak about 'issues'. His last rally in Seattle 2 days ago reportedly had 15,000 people. Tonight's overflow crowd is reported as 27,500. And still the media is pretty much ignoring him.

Bernie Sanders rallies draw crowds ten times as large as those of Hilary Clinton. His small donor donations are a presidential election record, outpacing even those of Barack Obama in 2011. Bernie himself says "“We don’t take money from billionaires, we don’t take money from corporations...And we have raised the largest amount of any candidate from single donations.” The grassroots love and support for Bernie exists in force, but in the media there is nothing but a deadly, deafening silence.

The Bernie Blackout

Follow the Money

In light of these packed arenas and record donations, why is there so much quiet on the Bernie front by the mass media, in particular by so-called independent, unbiased National Public Radio?

One would be hard pressed to find an incriminating paper trail of secret directives being funneled down from NPR management to the staff in the newsroom; a smoking gun full of damning documents ordering them to keep Bernie to a bare minimum while reporting Hilary's nomination as an inevitable, unavoidable fact. But the polling place is full of noxious, asphyxiating smoke that blurs Bernie's name from he ballot, and there certainly has to be a fire burning somewhere.

Perhaps there was a time when National Public Radio could be relied upon for unbiased news, but in the 1980s journalistic integrity at this outlet was put to the flame by those same arsonists burning Bernie Sanders in effigy upstairs, when federal funding to the organization was significantly reduced. At that point the network's executives had to go hat in hand, begging for money to keep their programming on the airwaves.

The smooth, unobtrusive, sleep-inducing voices coming from NPR might lull one into the false impression that this money must naturally be untainted, We NPR listeners, after all, are regularly subjected to live broadcast pledge drives that are worse than the nerve grating 30 second spots over on the AM news channel. The unspoken implication delivered during these desperate pleas for pesos is that if you want to help us keep our programming unsullied by the stain of the evil corporate dollar, you need to dump out the contents of your billfold right now.

As it turns out, NPR is not free from the hypnotizing power of corporate greed. Businesses, even enormous ones like Wal-Mart trying to soften their anti-worker image, contribute about 20 percent of the network's funds. Sometimes this money is filtered through the whitening action of "charitable trusts," but still flows down somewhat befouled by the sludgy contents of the dirty pipe. One of these major contributors is the Pew Charitable Trust, a conglomeration of funds created by an oil magnate with a decidedly evangelical conservative agenda. Pew involvement is typical for NPR, and it gives off a somewhat foul smell, as the name would imply. A 2004 study discovered that in addition to these corporate backed charitable trusts, the network's board members represent the same elite sources that dominate commercial news radio.

Is it any surprise, then, that the news directors at NPR, listening to the distressing trickle of dollars dripping out of the funding faucet, choose to minimize the Bernie message of breaking up the big banks and reigning in the abuses of Wall Street, in favor of the more corporate friendly, Super-Pac funded Hilary Clinton?

Is there a deliberate "Bernie Blackout?"

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Here Trump's  eye candy trophy wife pushes a golden baby carriage.  Bernie is definitely not eye candy.  he rides snowplows on cold mornings and does his own laundry, all very mundane tasks.  Any wonder the media ignores him?
Here Trump's eye candy trophy wife pushes a golden baby carriage. Bernie is definitely not eye candy. he rides snowplows on cold mornings and does his own laundry, all very mundane tasks. Any wonder the media ignores him? | Source

Media Hypnosis?

Does the media function to report events, or does the media function to create events? Certainly politicians like Donald Trump pander to the media by making bombastic, controversial declarations, but do the bigwigs behind the news pick and choose who and what they report about to fulfill an agenda directed by the big money keeping the cameras rolling in the studio? Do these news makers subject Americans to a form of mass hypnosis, in order to maintain the status quo of keeping corporate-friendly people in power?

Per the Mayo Clinic "Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions."

Media hypnosis does not make use of professional therapists trying to dig out our hidden Freudian childhood demons in order to turn us into better adjusted human beings, but it is a grim reality, and carries a darker purpose. An article in the dailykos reported a 2012 Gonzaga University graduate thesis dealing with this phenomenon entitled "THE PROPAGANDA MODEL: CORPORATE AND POLITICAL COLLUSION IN THE CREATION OF AN OLIGOPOLISTIC MAINSTREAM U.S. MEDIA."

I think the title of this work says it all, but I will post the link below for your perusal. What might not be garnered from the mere title is that media hypnosis can be active and inactive. Americans are active participants in an electronically inundated culture basically since we are old enough to say "TV." We come to trust our televisions and other electronic gadgets as much as we do our parents, maybe more so. The media forms and directs our opinions, whether we realize this subtle brainwashing is transforming our thought processes or not. Therefore, when a political candidate is ignored, or not justified by the media, we think of this candidate as not being legitimate, not being worthy of our attention.

Perhaps Bernie Sanders is unjustified by our popular electronic culture because he is just not fashionable. He doesn't marry supermodels and he doesn't live in a gold plated penthouse. He does his own laundry. It is somewhat understandable why the corporate media, trying to capture the limited smart phone attention span of Americans waiting nervously for a finger wave in the doctor's office or stuck behind the lady with 80 items in the 15 items or less checkout line, might want to direct them to the loudmouth man with the bad toupee pushing the gilded baby carriage. Bernie is just not slick and sexy enough, and slick and sexy sells.

Then again, there must be some sort of invisible magnetism emanating from Bernie Sanders, when he can pack concert halls and football stadiums without having to round up the audience, like Hilary Clinton has been known to do. As Stephen Colbert said about the Bern, “A guy in his 70s filling stadiums? Who does he think he is? The Rolling Stones?” Perhaps the rock star attraction lies in telling the truth, and something else that has not been tried in politics before - delivering a detailed, specific message with passion and consistency.

In politics, the enemy is rarely who you think it is. The media moguls hypnotizing the American people behind the scenes understand that attacking Bernie Sander's grass roots message won't do anything except increase his exposure in the public eye, and this attention might backfire into pushing him over the electoral brink to victory. Meanwhile, this so-called left leaning media - the supposed friend and ally of issues that benefit working Americans, delivers unto Bernie and the unbounded millions who would benefit by his policies a slow, painful death by neglect. I'll close then with a few words from Cicero, the philosopher and orator who perhaps best sums up the danger of hidden enemies such as these:

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero
Her Majesty was displeased by Jorge Ramos' difficult questions at the Democratic debate.
Her Majesty was displeased by Jorge Ramos' difficult questions at the Democratic debate. | Source

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      Mike 13 months ago from Rural Arizona

      Wow Mel, lots of information in this hub.

      I'm sure that like me you are old enough to remember the days when the Media just reported the news. There was no spin or opinions included with the news, just someone telling us what they believe happened.

      Now the Media has chosen to take sides and slants their broadcasts to make their side look good. They sometimes misreport the news, embellish the news, and leave out the parts and facts that would make their chosen side look bad.

      I really think the Polls we see everyday should just be outlawed. There are large numbers of citizens who refuse to support someone the Polls say will not be a winner. Most of us are aware the poll questions are carefully worded by experts to elicit the desired responses.

      Even this early in the game I wish it was over with and we had a new President whomever that may be. Life will go on for most of us regardless of the final result. The game is rigged anyhow and the good-ole-boy club in Washington will continue doing what they always do. Pretty much nothing but putting more gold in their own pockets and seizing even more power.

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      Yes Dear 13 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The title of this hub really caught my eye...made me want to read it. Hint hint, take notes!

      And I agree about the hypnosis, felt it so strongly after 9/11. How could so many people believe that, and still do to this day?

      And I also agree Sanders has been screw- balled by the media. But by the alter media too! To the conspiracy sites, Trump is the savior they have all been waiting for.

      You would think it would be Sanders.

      Well, I woke up long ago. There are no saviors and no perfect people. There is only salvaging what we have left of "for the people" from the Robber Barons. And the only chance of that is Hillary, imo.

      Because she is establishment.

      Because she has people with her. Big wigs and big time.

      And because she has been on the political roller-coaster since Arkansas.

      She has reached out to Sanders in a show of solidarity.

      If he takes it we'll see.

      I truly adore so many of the things he is saying, but it will never happen with this crew that run the house and senate.

      And if they get president, house, Senate and supreme court, I shudder to think.

      The real oddity to me is how Trump has come to be the outsider when he gets all the media time.

      And it's so true that media is hardly liberal....But much of the country is. And if Sanders truly has started a revolution, none of it will be in vain.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dang I sure am missing a lot not following the news really closely - not!

      A splendidly done article. But you almost had me feeling bad for Bernie here. Shame on you for slanting your article so ;-)

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      You are right about the polls, Mike. I think they are also bought and paid for. The problem is that people see manipulated poll numbers and it discourages them from voting for who they want to. Thanks for reading. Stay dry, a storm is hitting us now and might be coming your way.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      I like the line - salvage what we have left from the robber barons, lovemychris. There's very little left, and what there is will be gone with the TPP, if we don't do something soon. Thanks for reading!

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Yeah Eric I couldn't escape the slant, but as an impoverished mailman the only thing I hope to accomplish with my biased journalism is to help save a job or two from going out of the country, for the sake of my children and yours. Stay dry over there.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information here, Mel. There has been a Bernie blackout for what, nine months now, and still he wins states and continues to push Clinton to the limit. Will the groundswell of support from "average citizens" be enough? I doubt it, but it will break my heart when Clinton is nominated.

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      Pat Mills 13 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      At this point, I just want to follow the advice of Yogi Berra and feel that things aren't over until they're over. A vote for Bernie Sanders is not wasted, even if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination most expect her to get. It says that many find big flaws - and too much big money - in the political process. At least the Democrats don't have a frontrunner who incites fights and threats, and actually had to cancel an appearance at the racially diverse University Of Illinois At Chicago because of it. I want Sanders to keep his message going, even if NPR and the rest of the media don't devote a lot of time to it.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 13 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Mel, unlike many political writing, when you write it, I read it. As a Texan, all I hear about is "The Republicans are totally in this year", and "the Dems are, like, totally, out." On my college campus, positions towards politics is pessimistic, or overzealous. I admit, I listen to NPR, and turn it off when they ask me for money, as I would if a bum politician asked me for money. Money is our constitutional god isn't it? Our Oligarchy.

      On hypnosis, I remember reading part of a piece by a rhetorician who cited Cicero as well. His name is Kenneth Burke, and the piece was entitled The American Way. If you can find it online, I recommend reading the .pdf. It is, in part, about the media-players.

      Anyway, beyond my adoration for your ability to-write, I admire your ability to take an idea (like mass media/hypnosis) and dig deeper than I would dream to. Subtly, subvertly, and somewhat unwittingly, the media takes the place of imagist, revealing an image of the world which we take, with or without salt-added. Reality is that which we're left with, after evening news, when our beer belly balloons. It's a scary thought, that independent thought is uncommon, genius walks on stilts, that the majority of our ideas come subliminally from the world around us, naturally and artificially.

      Mel, consider me strung-out, paranoid, speechless, and...

      Great hub this mornin' man. You gave me something to think about, and that, to me, is the second-highest horse (Quik-Brain), running right behind ending human-suffering (Preventing Holocaust). 'They turn into the last track, they're neck and neck, disc-jockeys are literally flying from their saddles folks! They're getting trampled under-hoof. Oh God!... I think he's done it. He's done it. Quik-Brain, run the race on a lame-leg, has won in a photo finish! Can you believe this spectacle ladies and gentlemen? I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it. The underdog is now the overdog...'

      Adios amigo,

      -E.G.A.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 13 months ago from Philippines

      This article is packed with information about the media and the elections. I think also that social media is very strong, but people are drawn to traditional media for credible news, which is sad when, as you say, so much of it is wasted on Trump and Hilary. There should be more balanced media to give other, probably better candidates, an equal chance.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Bill, if Bernie can steal Florida like he did Michigan that groundswell might turn into an avalanche that buries Hilary. There is hope; his rally drew 9000 people there while she could barely scrape together 600, and who knows how deep she had to dig into the war chest to pay them. Thanks for reading, my friend.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      You make a good point Mills. For years the major parties, mostly the Democrats I admit, have preached to us that we shouldn't vote third party because you will give the election to those evil guys on the other side of the aisle. This is how they force feed us the status quo. I'm ready to write in Bernie if need be, regardless of the consequences, because the differences between the two parties are only cosmetic. Thanks for reading!

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Eldon, reading your wonderful comment makes my ballooning beer belly jiggle wirh delight. I'm glad you are tuned into politics a bit, I am afraid our electronically induced mind control has made too many young people apathetic. I'm not sure if this is conspiracy or incidental, but the result is the same. Sounds bad, but I look back nostalgically on the days of protesting college students facing down a line of tear gas flinging riot police. Who knows, if Bernie gets cheated out of the election we might see a return to those days.

      Thanks for your visit, my friend and fellow Tejano. I was born in El Paso, by the way, but I know "real" Texans don't claim it.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Hello Mona. If it wasn't for social media, the non mainstream candidates would be completely voiceless. It is only Facebook and Twitter that have made Bernie a viable threat. I am sure elections are bought and paid for everywhere in the world, but one wouldn't think it in the so called "land of the free." Thanks for dropping by!

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I Tweeted!

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      Credence2 13 months ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Mel, this is a great article. Our democracy is subject to the whims of the PAC 'machine'. After Michigan, with the outcome so much more pro-Bernie after all the 'pundits' and 'experts' are writing his obituary, his ability to attract crowds without all the 'big money' promoters, says a great deal about a candidate and man that has the 'ear' of the people.

      Believe me, there will be many more such 'upsets' to the advantage of the Sanders campaign.

      I have criticized the Clinton campaign for confusing and inducing schism among Black voters, check out politics thread forum "Black voters, time to climb down from the Underground Railroad"

      Those of us that are pro-Sanders are not giving up easily, for Ms. Clinton there is to be no 'heir apparent' this time.

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      Yes Dear 13 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Funny, I see Bernie as expecting it. He keeps saying if they vote, i win.

      And I see a lot of misogyny in his supporters. Even his big one, Killer Mike, said a uterus isn't a qualification.

      That is insulting.

      And his " excuse me, I'm talking now" did not sit well with me.

      I'm starting to see a man thing here.

      And it's also true he has not been vetted at all.

      Don't be fooled. Those Repubs are waiting. Ive seen some clues on some of their ammunition....Castro, his support for gun manufacturers vs liability for harm, and apparently, he's only released tax returns for 2014.

      Just going to get uglier, and I'll be darned if I sit around and watch woman- bashing from the Bernie Bros.

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      Yes Dear 13 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Sanders audience in Youngstown, Ohio booing Bill, Hillary and Barack.

      Ok, now they are really taking it too far. Using establishment for voter base, while dissing them at same time.

      Start own party, if democrat so bad.

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      Vagabond Laborer 13 months ago

      Well written, Mel.

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      Linda Crampton 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting and informative hub, Mel. You've given me a lot more to think about in relation to the election.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Devika for reading and for your tweet!

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Vagabond, for dropping in and leaving the nice words.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Your Canada seems to be heading in a positive direction, Linda. I hope we can learn some lessons from north of the border, but it seems like we are heading for more of the same. Thanks for reading!

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Mel

      Yep. It's been happening for years! The media, like any corporation has its investors interests foremost and most of those investors put money in Hillary's coffers (Donald doesn't need them and that's got them REALLY WORRIED!)

      Bernie may have the rank and file blue and white collar workers but they aren't the big money investors!

      Over here we have strict rules about campaign or political donations so everyone knows exactly where the money comes from, those rules also cover how much can be spent and how it can be spent, it keeps a check on some of the things we see in the US.

      Lawrence

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Lawrence. Unfortunately, our Supreme Court recently overturned similar restrictions on campaign finance, and now what they call the Super Pacs run roughshod over the democratic process. Thanks for reading!

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      Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

      The problem with Bernie is he says what he thinks and intends to do what he says. This terrifies the powers that be.

      The Clintons are a known entity, purchasable politicians like the rest of them. Don't get me wrong, Hillary is still the lesser of evils in comparison with Trump and company, but if we could have got Bernie in, we really could have done some good.

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      Yes Dear 12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      He can intend all he wants, the Republicans won't let him do squat unless it agrees with them.

      That's why Clinton is raising money for all democrats, to try and gain some house and senate members.

      Sanders is well on his way to alienating the Dems he is using to gain supporters.

      If he's a serious contender, he needs to get honest.

      Drop the phony dem label, run indie.

      Media has loved him since he became a phenomenon. They would love an Indie/Dem fight.

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      Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

      Larry, If Bernie's run does any good, and Trump's run for that matter, it is to give hope that the outsider has a chance. It has also forced Hilary to include some of Bernie's plans in her platform, a watered down version of course, and we need to hold her accountable for that. Personally, I don't think I could vote for Hilary. I would either write in Bernie or "waste" my vote on an obscure third party. Thanks for reading.

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