CBS bias against Sanders apparent in on-air coverage of Floridian focus group; just one instance of many

If you are perplexed why many Bernie Sanders supporters are inflexible in their unwillingness to support any other candidate in the presidential election, look no further than CBS’ on-air coverage of a recent focus group.

The focus group, which included voters from opposite sides of the political spectrum, was hosted by Republican strategist Frank Luntz.

During the piece, which aired Friday on CBS This Morning, Floridians bemoaned the quality of the front runners on the Democratic and Republican tickets. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted and don’t care about Americans, members of the group agreed.

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What is maddening to Bernie supporters is what CBS didn’t show viewers.

According to another group participant, Luntz polled the group about the front runners and another candidate, Sen. Sanders.

But that part, curiously enough, was left on the cutting room floor.

“I wish he had used the end because as he wrapped up the evening, (Luntz) asked for a show of hands of who would vote for Hillary, no hands,” the participant told me. “Who would vote for Trump, no hands. Who would vote for Bernie Sanders? Over half the hands went up.”

The participant, who asked to remain anonymous and is voting for Sanders, said Luntz is not to blame for the skewed story. He treated all participants fairly, the group member noted.

Which begs the question: Why did the network choose not to air this portion of the forum?

Luntz’s piece, after all, was about how dissatisfied voters are with Trump and Clinton and desire an alternative.

In light of this fact, it is reasonable to expect CBS to air the show of hands. As a former reporter, I had it drilled into me that the main job of a journalist is to inform.

I can hear Hillary supporters already, labeling me a “whiner” for focusing on such a minor point.

And I would agree with them if this wasn’t the only example of bias by mainstream media during this political cycle.

One of the most blatant examples of media bias occurred when the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours.

This feat of yellow journalism occurred on March 6 and 7. I’m sure it was simply coincidental that the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan took place the night of March 6.

Sixteen reasons to dislike Bernie Sanders, compliments of the Washington Post.

The timing of the Post’s article is suspect. It was right before a nationally televised debate between the two candidates in a city that has had its water poisoned by incompetent and callous government officials trying to save a buck.

Post “journalist” Callum Borchers defended his employer in a piece titled Has the Washington Post Been Too Hard on Bernie Sanders This Week?

Even the title, put forward in the form of a question, reeks of insincerity. But it only gets worse from there. Borchers takes issue with how the term “negative” is being applied to the paper’s coverage of Sanders.

“First, the definition of ‘negative’ — in this case and in a lot of media griping — is overly broad,” Borchers wrote.

Borchers’ use of semantics reminds me of someone who once tried to defend his sexual misdeeds by challenging the definition of “is.”

But the slanted coverage was noticed by many, including Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a media watch group. FAIR issued a report linking the paper’s bias to the fact it is owned by billionaire Amazon CEO and libertarian, Jeff Bezos.

Bezos is a FOH, Friend of Hillary. The State Department awarded Amazon a $16.5 million contract during Clinton’s last year as Secretary of State.

Besides running stories against Sanders, the media shows its preference by either ignoring Bernie all together or by ignoring stories about Clinton, especially when it comes to her campaign’s shenanigans. Just a few examples (There are many more):

  • Media coverage of Bernie’s Yuuge rallies, which have drawn thousands since last summer, has been virtually nonexistent.
  • A group of Massachusetts voters are suing Bill Clinton for allegedly campaigning for his wife at four state polling stations during Super Tuesday. State law requires such persons to be 150 feet back. Bernie lost the state by 1.4 percent.
  • Last Tuesday as primary results rolled in from several states, none of the three major cable “news” networks cut away to cover Bernie’s election night speech. Instead, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News covered a speech delivered by Trump — sort of. While Bernie spoke, talking heads at the three networks offered trite commentary about Trump while awaiting for the reality TV star to make an appearance.
  • A North Carolina student organizer posted video expressing frustration at how volunteer efforts for Bernie were infiltrated and derailed in that state by Clinton outsiders.

There’s a reason Berners use the phrase “We are the Media.” We have to be.

Only six corporations now own 90 percent of the media in this country, and as a result, dissenting voices like Bernie’s are being silenced. The oligarchy billionaires simply will not allow for an alternative message to get to the masses.

They can’t. It threatens their very existence.

I think Mahatma Gandhi put it best: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”


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