THIS is unusual for NPR, but they aren't perfect. Still, when they do something like this they have to be called out on its so here is my e mail to +NPR's All Things Considered and to NPR's Ombudsman.
Mara Liasson, maybe you are a Hillary Clinton supporter, maybe you just don't like Bernie Sanders, but whatever the reason your skewed reporting on 2 SEP 15 about the Democrats running for the party's 2016 presidential nomination was pathetic. Bernie Sanders is having an impact on Mrs Clinton's campaign, and he is responsible for energizing the progressive base of the party, but you couldn't bring yourself to mention his name. Your report came across as anything but objective, and while this is expected from the mainstream media NPR is not supposed to be part of the manipulation of the American electorate to make sure those the 1% want to be are. Shame on you.
Click the link at the end of this article if you are an Sanderista too, or if you just want to remind NPR they are supposed to be better than the mainstream media. From +Daily Kos .....
Her four-minute piece focused on Joe Biden and whether or not he would choose to enter the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. But halfway through, she veered to the existing Dem field — but mentioned only one name: Clinton.
Ironically, Liasson began this part of her, uh, analysis this way... (below the curlicue).
[Biden] certainly can't capture the anti-establishment fever that's been sweeping the Democratic Party base..."Fever" is a pretty intense description. Something dramatic must be going on, right? Must mean Liasson's now going to mention the main focus of this fever, the Dem primary candidate who's been drawing 10,000 to nearly 30,000 people at events! The guy who's rejecting all PAC money! The one who's raised over $15 million in small donations from over a quarter million ordinary folks, people who got the fever and feel the Bern! Right?
Liasson hops back to Joe. After all, he is the topic of this commentary.
[Biden's] certainly not beating Hillary Clinton with key groups, even though his political persona is authentic in a way that she's not.Okay, here it comes, Liasson's comment about the candidate whose brand is built on authenticity — the guy who sticks to substantive issues, walks the walk, and votes the way he talks! Right? Well...
So for [Biden] to win, [Clinton] has to implode.What?! There's no other candidate Biden would have to beat? If Clinton implodes, then Biden's a shoo-in?
...And there are real questions about whether it's already too late for Joe Biden to raise the money and build an infrastructure for a campaign.You mean the way another Dem rival has already been doing with almost unbelievable success?! Hey Liasson, you know who I mean. The guy who's now leading all Dem opponents in New Hampshire. The one who's now, shockingly, just 2-3 points shy of a statistical dead heat for the lead in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll published just two days ago?
C'mon, Liasson, give it up, give us that name!
One of the real questions is, whether a run would be good for [Biden], good for [Clinton], good for the Democrats... I think the Party would welcome it, the Party wants competition, there are many Democrats who think it would be good for Hillary Clinton to have a serious opponent, and it would help her to become a better candidate.[Emphasis mine.] Whoa, Liasson! Aren't we missing something here? It WOULD be good for Clinton to have competition? This is a joke, right?
Like, Clinton doesn't already have competition — surely none worth mentioning.
In Liasson's insular world, grabbing the lead in NH against all odds, and running close to a dead heat in Iowa, obviously doesn't qualify as "competition."
Sparking political fever in hundreds of thousands of fed-up folks? Nope.
(By contrast, Clinton attracted 5,000 people to an event exactly once: the day long ago, in April, when she announced her run. Hasn't come close since.)
So I guess the Bern — that remarkable passion and popularity, spreading like wildfire — doesn't qualify as competition, either.
Oh, wait, I forgot. All those ordinary folks aren't Wall Street millionaires and billionaires. So they can be safely ignored by a veteran Washington insider like Liasson, regardless of how completely out of touch she appears as a result.
To Liasson, these folks are unpersons, like their candidate. They are beneath notice. Not worthy of mention in 'serious' commentary about 'serious' candidates and, by extension, their supporters.
Nah, that's can't be what Liasson's really saying. I'm just being too sensitive. Silly me.
Right now [Clinton] is basically running against herself and her problems.My god, Liasson actually said it: Running. Against. Herself. You know, like playing solitaire. It's just Clinton and her foibles. Who knew politics could be Demsplained so simply? So cleanly?
Nothing to see here, folks, just move along...
One more thing. Could it be that all those Sanderistas aren't really clamoring for Bernie, but against Hillary?
Well, let's ask some self-described Sanders supporters.
The Iowa poll I referenced above, also asked people who favor Sanders, why they do. Ninety-six percent said it's because they like Sanders and his position on the issues, and not to make a protest vote against any other candidate.
In fact, many of these Sanders supporters listed Clinton as their #2 choice.
This poll finding takes the theory that Sanders' success is, hey, really just about Clinton after all, and blows it to kingdom come. Obliterates it.
Ninety-six percent assert that it's all about Bernie Sanders and his decisive, commonsense policy positions.
So, I think Mara Liasson owes a public apology to Senator Sanders and over a quarter million of his avid supporters.
I'm a Sanderista too. And, Ms. Liasson, that doesn't make me or my candidate an unperson.
It's time Liasson and her corporate media cronies got the memo. You can leave a courteous note for Liasson here. The show is All Things Considered.