Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, August 18, 2019

The news media is now loathed in the same way banks, tobacco companies, and health insurance companies are, and it refuses to understand this. Mistakes like WMDs are a problem, but the media's biggest issue is exactly its bubble-ness, and clubby inability to respond to criticism in any way except to denounce it as misinformation and error.

The public is not stupid. It sees that companies like CNN and NBC are billion-dollar properties, pushing shows anchored by big-city millionaires ...

Media companies run by the country's richest people can't help but project the mindset of their owners, and they are naturally incompetent when it comes to viewing their own role in society ... The public sees through this with ease. The press is completely in denial about this.

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Bernie Sanders Monday gave a speech in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He took shots at the press, mentioning coverage of his campaign against Amazon:

"I talk about (Amazon's taxes) all of the time ... And then I wonder why The Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write particularly good articles about me. I don't know why." -- Bernie Sanders

Employees of the Post were put out by Sanders's comments.

They insisted they hold no ill will against him for regularly bashing the man who writes their checks as one of earth's most obnoxious plutocrats, and moreover that Sanders is wrong to make the media a "boogeyman"...

Perhaps the negativity toward Sanders isn't over Amazon. After all, Sanders gets similar treatment from the New York Times, CNN, the Atlantic and other outlets.

After Bernie's Wolfeboro speech, other media outlets let out a group howl. CNN called his attack "ridiculous" and "no different from what Trump does." CBS said Bernie "echoes Trump" in going after the media.

Trump may have accelerated distaste for the press, but he didn't create it. He sniffed out existing frustrations and used them to rally anger toward "elites" to his side.

The criticism works because national media are elites, ten-percenters working for one-percenters.

The longer people in the business try to deny it, the more it will be fodder for politicians. Sanders wasn't the first, and won't be the last.


The Media hates Bernie for the same reasons why campaign donors hate him.

Heaven forbid if working and middle-class Americans ever have the ability to have a real say over their lives -- be it in the media, in the presidential candidates they support, in the legislated policies that addresses their problems.

Bernie calls them all out -- and that's why Bernie is so threatening to them.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-18 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Amazon paid zero income taxes last year, you go figure out why their columnists bash Bernie. If you can't figure it out you're just dumb.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-18 08:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's not that the press agrees with the 1%.

It's that the media competes with the wealthy to influence everyone else.

The media believes it's their job to influence policy and elections. Not the people who employ them.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2019-08-18 10:05 AM | Reply

We don't need 24Hr corporate opinion show channels.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-08-18 01:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

did cnn and msnbc propagate W's wmd lie, or did they question it?
idk... saying wmb is one sentence then cnn and msnbc in the next is problematic.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-08-18 06:34 PM | Reply

The media believes it's their job to influence policy and elections.

You're right, I agree

Not the people who employ them.

#3 | POSTED BYEBERLY

Respectfully 100% disagree.

Billionaires who own these giant media outlets have all the say so, especially with editorial decisions and who gets hired/fired to be the opinion-talkers.

Yes, straight news is straight news, but everything else has the billionaires money grubbing palm prints allover it.

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-19 01:22 PM | Reply

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