As you know I hate any kind of media bias, spin or completely inaccurate ‘reporting.’ I like hearing the truth and what actually happened. Today, again, the media completely failed to report an accurate version of what happened yesterday.
Instead, they reported in such a way to create drama; and most of all to create readership, clicks: profit.
I looked at the headlines this morning and all I saw was the ‘devastating blow to Hillary Clinton,’ would she be able to recover?’ ‘the huge upset that Sanders had caused by winning Michigan.’
Not one media outlet reported that the win by Mr. Sanders was in the one percent range, not exactly a defeating triumph. More importantly, not one of the news media outlets reported that MI has what is called an ‘open’ primary system. What that means is that Republicans can vote for Democratic nominees; thus using the GOP to once again try to get rid of Hillary by voting for Bernie.
This is extremely important. Rather than every major news outlet having blaring headlines about can Clinton survive this loss, not one pointed out how minute the loss actually was and, more importantly, that the GOP could very easily have been responsible.
The facts are that Sec Clinton won the majority of Dem voters in MI last night. What made Sen. Sanders pull slightly ahead was the votes of the GOP and IND. No one is reporting on who pushed him over the edge. If it was the INDs this is a big win for Sanders. If it was the GOP, this has nothing to do with Sanders, it’s all about trying to take down Hillary.
No, we don’t know which is true and we will find out more next Tuesday. But, to jump to such drastic breathless conclusions is not only wrong it’s completely irresponsible news reporting. It is just presenting one side of the story.
We need to demand better.
What also sickened me was to see the so called BernieBots out in full force declaring complete victory. Many foolishly said the race could be over in less than a week. I do think it is so wrong for twitter users to so distort what is going on. I have personally found most of the BernieBots unnecessarily hostile and inaccurate. I have rarely heard such nonsense from a particular group; that includes from Trump supporters too.
There is very good reason for this. Many of these BernieBots are actually GOP trying to turn Dems against Clinton by pretending to be Bernie supporters. Their objective? To crucify Sanders in the general election.
I am calling on all true Democrats to stop this petty nonsense of trying to vilify Mrs. Clinton on unsubstantiated claims. This is what we do in democracy, we fight it out. But, let’s do it only with facts and not speculation.
In the end what every true Dem should want is a Dem POTUS in 2016. Whether that is Hillary or Bernie, we shall see. But, the hysterical headlines, the complete lying on twitter need to stop.