“What does 2008 have to do with anything?” They did the same amount of debates and the like for 2008 and 2004. The DNC first announced it would sponsor six debates in 2016, just as it had in 2008 and 2004. The same amount they did for 2016.
And these are only DNC-sponsored debates. There were also 13 forums, sponsored by other organizations. So that’s 22 debates and forums, of which 14 were only for two candidates, Clinton and Sanders. Now, compare that to 2008, there were 17 debates and forums with between six and eight candidates; only six with two candidates, less than half the number in 2016.
So WHY is this a big deal?
They never DID act on them. You can’t point to any negative ads they ran against him. No actual smear campaigns. The one who got the most negative coverage was HILLARY, not Bernie. Plain and simple.
“It’s clear that you don’t actually believe the primary was impartial. You just believe it was appropriate to favor Hillary Clinton. That’s a reasonable position b/c there is merit to the idea that establishment Dems should naturally favor an establishment-approved candidate over one who just signed up to participate in the primary.” Favoratism isn’t “rigging”. Rigging would be actually impacting the votes. Rigging would be deliberately keeping Sanders folks from voting. That didn’t happen. Influence isn’t “rigging”. It HELPS, but it’s not enough. I remind you, Obama was an outsider who won on a groundswell of popular support against a party favorite and he didn’t complain about a rigged system.
Also, Hillary DID apologize for the assassination remark. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/23/AR2008052303158.html
Hillary DIDN’T start the birther bullshit. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/sep/16/donald-trump/fact-checking-donald-trumps-claim-hillary-clinton-/
And you can’t say “she needs to take responsibility for what her supporters did” when Bernie supporters never took responsibility for what THEY did to Hillary supporters or the DNC officials they threatened, etc, etc. And then played the victim when called out on this. Don’t be a hypocrite.