By Patty Jane
Feb 27, 2016
Yes. I’m one of those people. I’m totally on Team Bernie and so excited to be a part of the political revolution. Since I’ve maintained for at least fifteen years that “Campaign Finance Reform (which does not have a sexy ring to it at all!) is the single most important election issue,” Bernie Sanders is my dream candidate. And he’s a New Deal Democrat just like my parents and grandparents taught me to be!
I won’t call Bernie a Democratic Socialist because Democratic Socialist, Green Party and Independent are just labels taken up by old-school Democrats to differentiate themselves from the Democratic Party after it took a sharp, neo-conservative right-turn under Bill Clinton. I believe people who embraced NAFTA are the impostors. If your parents voted for Kennedy and your grandparents voted for Roosevelt and you maintain their core values, you are a REAL DEMOCRAT like Bernie Sanders and me.
Maybe it’s time to kick those “Democrats” who supported NAFTA — which led to the closing of 50,000 American factories in 20 years — to the curb.
If you’re not Feeling the Bern yourself, you’re probably annoyed with the fact that I post a minimum of four Bernie Sanders items per day on Facebook — and rarely anything that isn’t related to Bernie Sanders anymore.
I understand how this might be annoying.
But if enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporters such as me weren’t posting so much information about him, his campaign would have fizzled out by Labor Day of last year.
The Mainstream Media and the Democratic National Committee first ignored Bernie Sanders. Now their coverage of his campaign is so biased, it makes my teeth hurt (and I’ve had almost all the amalgam fillings in my mouth replaced with porcelain, so that’s saying something).
If you watched TV reports about the recent Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, you probably saw Stephanie Cutter talking quite a bit about how Hillary was doing everything right and Bernie was in some trouble, right?
This is Stephanie. She talks a lot on TV news shows. You might think she’s a political expert. In fact, she’s a political consultant who has been paid lots of money by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle.
She’s not the only one. Actually, according to this article in The Intercept, there are LOTS of people who are on Hillary Clinton’s bankroll this campaign season who have been offering their expert opinions about the campaign. And guess what — none of them are disclosing in their reports the fact that they’re receiving (in many cases six figure) checks from Team Hillary.
Linda Tran is another expert you’ve probably seen on TV offering her thoughts about the primary elections and caucuses. Indeed, she’s another pundit who’s on Clinton’s bankroll.
In addition to Tran, Clinton is paying Hari Sevugan and Sara Fagen — both who have been on major news shows extensively offering their opinions about the election.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. You probably know the daughter of the Director of Planned Parenthood is on Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff. So it’s no surprise who Planned Parenthood endorsed. ABC Anchor George Stephanopoulos was communication’s director for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. The list goes on and on and on. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say about half of the TV news personalities are either directly on Hillary Clinton’s payroll currently, have been paid large sums of money by Bill or Hillary Clinton previously (career-making sums; I’m not talking Girl-Scout cookies), or are spouses of people who have or are receiving large sums of money from one of the Clintons.
So I’m sorry if you don’t like it that I post so much about Bernie Sanders. I used to work full-time as a daily newspaper journalist. I had a decent career, made more than $60,000 per year, good benefits, loved what I did, worked hard and expected to continue that type of work for the rest of my life.
But there’s very little place in journalism today for the professional reporter who isn’t bought by political interests. Journalism careers today by-and-large are all about entertainment or spinning the news in favor of whatever candidate the station’s personalities are funded by.
That’s a fact.
So excuse me. I’m sorry you find me so annoying.
I’m going to keep posting about Bernie Sanders who is not funded by large corporate donations, who does not have a Superpac, and who is the guy about whom mainstream media loves to scoff.
Patty Jane. Former newspaper journalist living in Ypsilanti Michigan, super enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders. #WeAreBernie #BernieSanders #Bernie4America #Bernie2016