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Cenk Uygur: ‘Everything the Mainstream Media Told You About Bernie Sanders Was a Lie

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During the lead-up to the 2016 Democrat Primary, the mainstream media misled people about Bernie Sanders — because they never told them what an incredibly effective legislator he is. How ironic, when Bernie’s congressional peers call him the “Amendment King.”


“Nobody in congress has gotten more amendments passed than Bernie Sanders. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.” ~ The Young Turks


BACKGROUND: Back in 2005, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi had the opportunity to shadow Bernie Sanders around Congress for a few weeks.

Inside the Horror Show That Is Congress | Rolling Stone

“I thought Sanders would be an ideal subject for a variety of reasons, but mainly for his Independent status. For all the fuss over his “socialist” tag, Sanders is really a classic populist outsider. The mere fact that Sanders signed off on the idea of serving as my guide says a lot about his attitude toward government in general: He wants people to see exactly what he’s up against.

I had no way of knowing that Sanders would be a perfect subject for another, more compelling reason. In the first few weeks of my stay in Washington, Sanders introduced and passed, against very long odds, three important amendments. A fourth very nearly made it and would have passed had it gone to a vote. During this time, Sanders took on powerful adversaries, including Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse, the Export-Import Bank and the Bush administration. And by using the basic tools of democracy – floor votes on clearly posed questions, with the aid of painstakingly built coalitions of allies from both sides of the aisle – he, a lone Independent, beat them all.”

~ Matt Taibbi


Be aware. Be objective.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

9 Comments

  • I wonder sometimes how the corporatist establishment – including the Democratic Party and mainstream media – would have reacted had Bernie won the nomination and faced Trump in the election.

    • That is very interesting, Robert. Now you have me thinking… Because they are so dependent on the corporate establishment, the Democrat Party might have sabotaged Bernie.

      When Bernie lost the Primary, I was kind of grateful for two things. 1) Greatly reduced risk of assassination. 2) Congress, including Corp Dems, would have fought all his efforts with a vengeance. I didn’t want him to be abused and wasted in a situation like that.

      Less than a year later, Bernie is in a much stronger place. He in now well-known and highly popular around the country. The political climate is changing rapidly.

      2020 could be the right time for Bernie. He’s a supreme strategist, and has the strength of righteousness. Working with the DNC all these months has kept him in the spotlight. I wish I knew what he is planning! 3rd party run?

      • In a third party run he won’t carry a single state. It would divide the Dem Party and help the Republican. However, if Trump fails, a different Rep may lose to the Dem nominee. Wallace 3rd party made Humphrey lose. Teddy Roosevelt 3rd party made Taft lose and Perot 3rd party made Bush 41 lose.

      • Abraham Lincoln. New party. President 1861.

        The Republican party began as a coalition of anti-slavery groups in 1854.

        There is risk. But at some point we have to make a break for it.

        This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It’s the battle between corporatism and democracy.

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