Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke with KTLA’s John Fenoglio on Friday, June 1, when the Vermont senator was in town for multiple events in Southern California. This is an extended version of the interview that appeared on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 1, 2018:
Last night, TOP had a liveblog going about Anderson Cooper’s Stephanie Clifford interview on 60 Minutes last night. I discovered it on the Recent Story list while looking for the new series, These Revolutionary Times. Also, I found another FP post by GOS himself, who provided a quick transcript from CBS. To me, it is pitiful but TOP is starving for ratings. I’m surprised they didn’t solicit quite the polling that CNN did: Source: CNN Mind one, I did see the interview when it was being broadcasted last evening. The only thing that was particularly interesting was the timing of …Continue reading →
For decades, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has objected to the failure of major media outlets to cover the growth of economic inequality in America. As a presidential contender in 2016, he used every opportunity that was afforded him in the media to address poverty, plutocracy and the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of “the billionaire class.”
Now, he’s doing something to tip the balance of the popular discourse away from the agendas of the super rich and toward the real life concerns of working-class Americans. Something big. On Monday, from 7 to 8:30 pm ET, he will host a livestreamed town hall meeting on “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class.” With Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, filmmaker Michael Moore, economist Darrick Hamilton and others, Sanders will lead a discussion about the “growing power of corporate interests and how we can build economy that works for all Americans.” Livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by Sanders, Warren, Moore, The Guardian, NowThis, The Young Turks and Act.tv, the initiative will reach social media sites with a combined following of close to 50 million Americans.
The Nation: You say there are two fundamental issues with inequality. What’s the first?
Sanders: The first one is that this country is moving into oligarchy. The three wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom half of American society. The top one-tenth of one percent now owns as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent. And then, politically, what we have seen since the Citizens United decision (by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010) is billionaires like the Koch brothers and a few of their friends pouring hundreds and millions of dollars into the political process to elect candidates who represent the wealthy and the powerful. That is an issue of huge consequence to the future of America – in terms of the economic life of this country and the collapse of the middle class, and a political system which is being corrupted by big money and Citizens United.
And the second issue has to do with how the first is covered?
The second issue deals with the fact that we have a corporate media, which is not as Donald Trump defines it “fake news.” That’s not the issue. It’s not that you have people on CNN, or writing for The New York Times, who are deliberately lying or trying to destroy politicians – that’s not the case. Everyday there are very good and important articles that appear in The Washington Post and The New York Times, on CBS News and everywhere else.
The problem is that, to a very significant degree, corporate media ignores, or pays very little attention, to the most important issues facing working people. That is the problem with corporate media today.
If you look at just the issue I described to you – the movement in this country toward oligarchy – you will find very, very little discussion about that. Stormy Daniels will get ten times more print and video coverage than will the movement toward oligarchy in this country. You will see very little discussion about poverty in this country. “Poverty” is just not a word that is used on television very often.
Bernie also spoke to Ana Kasparian of TYT about inequality and his upcoming national town hall:
90% of the delegates to the Democratic Socialists of America 2017 convention voted to adopt Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The text of the resolution read: 1. Democratic Socialists of America declares itself in solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s nonviolent struggle against apartheid, colonialism, military occupation and for equality, human rights, and self-determination. 2. Democratic Socialists of America responds to Palestinian Civil Society’s call by fully supporting BDS. 3. Democratic Socialists of America affirms that any political solution to the ongoing crisis must be premised on the realization of basic human rights, including all rights outlined in the BDS call. …Continue reading →
Good Morning Birdies! After a long evening and a short night, I’m back at McCormick to watch some more panel discussions at The PS. I’m pretty close to the stage. Energy amazing, wish you were all here! Lots of kindred spirits. But you can some of the action on the livestream. The livestream link is here: http://www.thepeoplessummit.org/livestream/
New Site CSO Online – Hacking [The] Election: Myths & Realities – What every citizen should know about the state of our voting systems and the security of our elections. – CSO provides news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk management topics. CSO provides news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk management topics. Areas of focus include information security, physical security, business continuity, identity and access management, loss prevention and more. CSOonline.com is published by IDG Enterprise, which is an IDG (International Data Group) company. The for profit IDG is (per their web site): …Continue reading →
Grab one or more of 6 new TPW and C99 starter support images (or make your own) and start sharing them on the other places you hang out on the internet. Ask people that want to change America to join or at least donate. Personally ask people you know who understand the progressive revolution to join, share and promote. (note: remember to put links to this site in your text – and links are usually not allowed with images). Just be direct – that usually works. Personal appeals are best. Spend 5 minutes a day on this and you will be …Continue reading →
When someone hijacks your car, it’s not car suppression. When someone hijacks your vote, it’s thievery. And voter “suppression” and news suppression have to go together — because if you’re stealing votes, you gotta keep it quiet! Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tim Robbins, actress and activist Rosario Dawson, and investigative reporter Greg Palast joined forces at UCLA on Tuesday, May 10 to discuss the vote theft and media silence rampant in the 2016 election. The problem is it isn’t just this election — we can’t make change in this country unless we get our votes back!!!
As we all know by now.. good progressive media is hard to find and one of the best outlets around is Common Dreams. Now they are in a time of need and I have permission to repost this in full.. so thought I would see what we could do to help out: Killing The Messenger Dear Reader, It’s always been hard to keep afloat as an independent voice in the news media. But right now it’s particularly hard. We need your help. We are in the midst of one of our worst fundraising campaigns in the 19 years Common Dreams has …Continue reading →
by Yakov Hirsch at Mondoweiss.net I closely follow the American coverage of the political crisis in Israel, in which Israeli generals have issued historic critiques of the government as fascistic and reminiscent of Nazi Germany, because some pro-Israeli American journalists have historically been less than honest when “reporting” news from that region. How are they going to do with Israel’s latest black eye? The results haven’t been very encouraging so far. The New York Times has portrayed the crisis fatuously as a “changing of the guard.” Max Boot in Commentary tells us that the battle is “complex and interesting” and …Continue reading →
by Yakov Hirsch, Mondoweiss.net “You’ve lost your mind for some reason and you need to be replaced” — Former Israeli PM Barak on current PM Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu’s days are numbered. There is near unanimity among people that matter from the hawkish right to the left that Benjamin Netanyahu remaining Prime Minister is the biggest national security threat to the state of Israel. For the first time there will be recognition by all PM wannabees that egos must be put aside toward the goal of removing Netanyahu. They will use draconian language to emphasize the threat Netanyahu and the “settlers” …Continue reading →