Anti-Bernie Smear #23: “Bernie has never been vetted, he’s been given a pass …etc.”
This smear is another one that I would have thought would disappear given all the blatant facts in evidence to the contrary. But no — there are still some people out there claiming that Bernie is popular only because no one has really challenged him, no one has investigated him, no one has really attacked him.
Crazy, right? I mean, if that were the case then I would not be writing my 23rd article to defend him.
Indeed, anyone who thinks that Bernie has somehow been given a free pass simply needs to read my posts below:
But there is an abundance of other proof available.
Campaign 2016 — Bernie attacked early and often — By Democrats
Funnily enough, this attack claiming that Bernie has not been given enough “scrutiny” is already very old and tired.
From POLITICO, June 25, 2015:
“I think that the media is giving Bernie a pass right now,” McCaskill said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I very rarely read in any coverage of Bernie that he’s a socialist. I think everybody wants a fight and I think they are not really giving the same scrutiny to Bernie Sanders that they’re giving to, certainly, Hillary Clinton and the other candidates.”
From Huffington Post, September 14, 2015:
The Super PAC, called “Correct the Record” spent over $1 million attacking and smearing Sanders and his supporters during the Primaries through social media and mass emails.
From Salon, September 15, 2015:
From FAIR, March 8, 2016:
From Shadowproof.com, March 2016:
Campaign 2020 — Here we go again …
From May 29, 2019 (Diane Ravitch):
Ravitch points out that the columnist who has been assigned to cover the Sanders campaign, Sydney Ember, is guilty of being consistently negative and biased in her coverage. This is not surprising given that Ms. Ember is a millionaire and a corporate elitist, as explained by Katie Halper:
Ember came to the New York Times with a resumé limited to the finance industry: She was an analyst for BlackRock, the biggest global investment management corporation, and the largest investor in coal plant developers in the world. (Her husband, Mike Bechek, is also in the investment business; he was a senior associate consultant at Bain Capital, where his father was CEO.)
From POLITICO, July 15, 2019:
From In These Times, November 13, 2019:
Sanders…received less coverage on MSNBC than Biden or Warren. Of the three candidates, Sanders was least likely to be mentioned positively (12.9% of his mentions) and most likely to be mentioned negatively (20.7%).