Feeling the Bern: Media’s Lovefest for Socialist Sanders

NewsBusters | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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Bernie is back and the journalists that celebrated the socialist Sanders in 2016 are pushing him again. On Tuesday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Terry Moran cooed: “He made democratic socialism cool for millions of voters.”

When he ran in the 2016, instead of laughing off the candidacy of a candidate who is so far to the left he spent his honeymoon in the USSR, liberal anchors and reporters couldn’t contain their excitement over how Sanders could energize the Democratic base.

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Back then, ABC’s Cecilia Vega roared that “Bernie-mentum” was “drawing larger crowds than every candidate running.” CNN’s Chris Cuomo admitted: “We, and a lot in the media, were encouraging of Bernie Sanders getting in the race, because the senator from Vermont does provoke a lot of passion from the left part of that party.” And hosts like PBS’s Charlie Rose were assuring Sanders that his policies were “not radical ideas.” The View co-host Joy Behar even confessed she was “aroused by him.”

The following are just a few examples from the MRC’s archive of liberal reporters, hosts and celebrities championing the out and proud socialist:

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I Keep Telling You Bernie, Your Ideas Are “Not Radical”

Host Charlie Rose: “I’m the first person trying to argue you away from the idea that you’re a socialist....I’m just trying to argue that a lot of people believe what you do about those kinds of issues. They believe there are too many people in jail. There are too many people coming out and not having a place to go and they’re back in jail....There are a whole lot of people who believe the first step towards income equality or to eliminate income inequality is a $15 an hour minimum-wage and that’s been enacted in certain cities already. I’m just saying, these are not radical ideas.”

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