30 September 2015

Sanders highlights economic ‘injustice’ in Liberty University speech & Bernie Don't Get No Respect From Mainstream Media 14&30SEP15

I went to hear Sen Bernie Sanders speak at the Prince William County fairgrounds in Manassas, Virginia, fresh from his speech at Liberty University in Roanoke, VA, on 14 SEP 15. He came on stage about 8:00 PM, spoke for a little over an hour, the rally was over around 9:30 PM and the estimated 8 thousand people who came out late on a week night to hear Bernie speak left fired up, committed to the political revolution we need to restore our Republic, committed to making Sen Bernie Sanders the Democratic Party's nominee and the next President of the United States. Check out his speech below
Streamed live on Sep 14, 2015
Please join Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and local leaders for a rally in Manassas, Virignia to discuss the major issues facing our country.
Speech starts at 1:10:33

LIVE from Manassas, Virginia with Bernie Sanders FULL SPEECH 

 Because Bernie Sanders is a real threat to the 1%, to the corporate owners and controllers of the mainstream media Sen Sanders' campaign doesn't get the coverage it has earned and deserves. Here is the +Washington Post  article on Sen Sanders' speech in Manassas followed by +Huffington Post Politics on the mainstream media's refusal to report on the Sanders presidential campaign. Go to Bernie2016 for his position on the issues, to get involved with his campaign and to make a donation if you can (I did, again).....JOIN THE REVOLUTION AND FEEL THE BERN!!!!!

Sanders highlights economic ‘injustice’ in Liberty University speech

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders sought Monday to reach out to a conservative Christian audience, arguing that however stark their differences on social issues, they should agree there is “massive injustice” in the country’s economy.
“It would be hard for anyone in this room to make the case that the United States of America . . . is a just society or anything resembling a just society today,” Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, told a crowd of nearly 12,000 students and visitors at Liberty University. “There is no justice when so few have so much and so many have so little.”
After his appearance at a convocation at the school founded by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell, Sanders addressed a rally that drew an estimated 8,000 people and snarled traffic around the Prince William County Fairgrounds. The county is a rapidly diversifying jurisdiction that is home to a large population of black and Latino voters.
Both stops in Virginia on Monday pointed to segments of the electorate that Sanders has yet to excite in large numbers when he is surging in Iowa and New Hampshire polls based largely on his appeal to white liberals. The crowd at the Manassas area rally was largely white, although more diverse than at most of Sanders’s rallies.
The Virginia stops also underscored the importance of the swing state, which could play a role in Sanders’s fight for the Democratic nomination against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Virginia is among about a dozen states with Super Tuesday primaries, and so far, most prominent Democrats, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, have lined up behind Clinton.

While speaking at Liberty University, Sanders said that although incredible strides have been made, institutional racism still exists and “cries out for reform.” (Liberty University)
Sanders’s advisers think he has the potential to appeal to minority voters as he becomes better known in those communities; they also argue that he will be able to attract some culturally conservative working-class voters, including in Virginia, on the basis of his economic message.
His remarks at the Liberty convocation echoed what he has been saying on the campaign trail. He sprinkled in more talk about morality as well as references to a few Bible verses and quotes from Pope Francis to underscore his arguments.
“There is no justice when, in recent years, we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires while, at the same time, the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on Earth,” Sanders said. “How can we talk about morality, about justice, when we turn our backs on the children of our country?”
Sanders acknowledged that he and many in his audience are on opposite sides of issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, but he said that “maybe, just maybe” they could find common ground elsewhere.
“I came here today because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse,” Sanders said, speaking in the same venue where Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) kicked off his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“There is too much shouting at each other, too much making fun of each other,” Sanders said, prompting an “Amen” from a young woman in the venue, which doubles as Liberty’s basketball arena.
The reaction from students here was largely polite. Some said they found Sanders’s remarks thought-provoking, but few seemed ready to support him politically.
“It’s a great reminder for me that I need to be praying for our country and its leaders,” said Kaylee Breunig, a senior majoring in kinesiology.
Breunig, 21, said she heard “some stuff I agree with and some I don’t.” She liked, for example, Sanders’s concern for hungry children, but she said his views on abortion don’t align with hers.
“I cannot overlook the murder of the babies in the womb,” said Breunig, who came to Liberty from New Jersey.
Ryan Hiepler, a freshman from Southern California who is studying economics and plays on the basketball team, said he shares some of Sanders’s concerns about income inequality. But Hiepler said he thinks some of Sanders’s solutions would hurt the business climate.
“I don’t think he attracted many people in the auditorium, but I think it was still smart for his campaign, because it shows he’s willing to reach out,” said Hiepler, 18.
Students typically attend morning convocations at Liberty three times a week, and attendance is strongly encouraged. The university attempts to book an array of speakers, including the occasional politician. Officials said they have had Democrats speak before but never one seeking the presidential nomination.
Sanders’s rally in the Manassas area — where his speech was interrupted by frequent applause and boisterous chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” — signals the importance of that Washington suburb for the eventual winner of the Democratic nomination.
Prince William County has become Virginia’s true bellwether in general elections. The county has deeply red, wealthy enclaves to the west, an exploding Latino population around Manassas and to the east, and a densely concentrated corridor of black residents along Interstate 95 to the east.
To succeed, a Democratic candidate will have to excite minority voters and boost turnout — something President Obama did as a candidate in 2008 and 2012.
That is a task that Sanders, who represents a state that is 95 percent white, has acknowledged is one of the hurdles facing his campaign.
McAuliffe also managed to drive turnout in Prince William in his 2013 election as governor, and he undoubtedly is working to help Clinton do just that in 2016.
McAuliffe is a close friend of the former secretary of state and her husband, former president Bill Clinton. McAuliffe has also been a record-breaking fundraiser for both and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
His staff has been officially mum on Sanders’s visit.
Laura Vozzella contributed to this report.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Bernie Don't Get No Respect From Mainstream Media



Bernie Sanders, as far as the media is concerned, is the Rodney Dangerfield of presidential candidates -- "he don't get no respect." Of the 23 candidates running for president in the two major parties, precisely four of them have ever shown even 20 percent support (in their polling averages from their base voters). Actually, to be completely accurate, five people have hit the 20 percent support level since the race began this year, but Joe Biden is not actually a candidate yet. The other four are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.
Andrew Tyndall, who monitors broadcast news from ABC, NBC, and CBS, has some numbers which starkly show Bernie's Rodney Dangerfield problem. Tyndall tracked the total time the three networks have devoted to the presidential race this year: 504 minutes. This is more than their coverage (to this point on the calendar) in 2011 (277 minutes) and 2007 (462 minutes), so it's not like they're shying away from covering the race or anything. Out of that total, 338 minutes this year has been aired about the Republican race, while only 128 minutes was centered on the Democratic race. Granted, the Republicans have more candidates, which might explain some of the lopsided nature of those numbers.
Even so, the numbers get even more jaw-droppingly uneven when you look at individual candidates. Donald Trump (of course) leads the pack in coverage of his campaign, clocking in at an impressive 145 minutes. Hillary Clinton has gotten 82 minutes of campaign coverage, and an additional 83 minutes devoted to the email scandal. Jeb Bush, who is currently polling in fifth place in the Republican race with less than 10 percent in the polls, has received 43 minutes of coverage. The Bernie Sanders campaign has received a grand total of eight minutes of coverage -- one-fifth of Bush's time, or one-tenth of Clinton's time (one-twentieth, if you count the scandal coverage). Bernie got roughly the same amount of time as Chris Christie (polling below four percent, far back in the Republican pack). Bernie got the same amount of time that Mitt Romney got, when he was teasing a bid earlier this year.
That is pathetic. Bernie Sanders is one of the four frontrunners for the entire presidential race, and has been closing the polling gap with Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. One recent poll put Bernie only seven points behind Clinton nationally among Democrats, but you probably didn't hear that on the evening news. Bernie now leads Hillary in the polling in both of the first states to vote, Iowa and New Hampshire. But of the total time the networks have devoted to the race, they've only used a little over 1.5 percent of it to cover Bernie's campaign. Rodney Dangerfield would have had a few choice things to say about this lack of respect, one imagines.
Bernie Sanders routinely draws crowds that dwarf other candidates' rallies. He just made some news today because his campaign has now received one million individual donations -- a number far superior to anything any other candidate can claim. In fact, it is even superior to the champion online fundraiser of all time, Barack Obama. Obama didn't hit 1,000,000 online donations until February of 2008, or October of 2011 during his re-election campaign. No other candidate in the 2016 race -- Democratic or Republican -- is even close to this number. And yet the near-blackout on the evening news continues.
I don't know what Bernie Sanders's chance of success in the nomination race will be. But I do know it'd be a lot better if the news actually informed the American public about how successful his campaign is doing. This whole disgraceful lack of respect really puts the lie to those on the right who complain about "the liberal media," in fact. The most liberal candidate in the race is being covered at the same rate as Chris Christie, after all. Doesn't sound like any sort of liberal cabal to me. It sounds instead like proof of what some on the left insist, that the media does indeed have a bias -- but a corporate bias.
Because of this obvious anti-Bernie bias, I'll go so far as to make a bold prediction. The first Democratic debate is going to happen in a few weeks. This will be the first time many Democratic voters will be exposed to Bernie's unfiltered message. My prediction is that the post-debate polling will show a big bump for Bernie's support, after weighing Bernie's solutions to the nation's problems next to Hillary's.
I still don't know what Bernie's chances for success truly are. Joe Biden's announcement (either way) will shake up the Democratic race, and this announcement is probably going to happen before the debates do. If Bernie does well in the first debate, though, and if his numbers do get a healthy bump, then the broadcast news is going to have to start talking about Sanders. At that point, the lack of coverage will become painfully obvious to all if it continues. At first (no doubt) this coverage will likely be mocking and dismissive, with plenty of jokes thrown in. But sooner or later the media is going to have to cope with the fact that Bernie Sanders's campaign is no laughing matter to those who have gotten on board the "Feel The Bern" train. Sooner or later they're going to have to address the real reason he's seen such a monstrous outpouring of support so far -- his issues and his agenda. Sooner or later, they're going to have to show Bernie a little more respect. With over a quarter of Democratic voters already supporting him and with over a million donations, Bernie Sanders has already earned this respect. A lot more respect than eight minutes out of 504, that's for sure.

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