If nothing else, you can say that Bernie Sanders has no problem speaking his mind. During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) had some sharp words about the media.
Sanders criticized corporate media in general for focusing on unimportant issues instead of those more pressing to the American people. He did not spare MSNBC from his criticism.
The senator asked Maddow who owned NBC. It seems that Comcast bought the parent company of NBC and MSNBC in 2011.
According to Sen. Sanders, having media outlets owned by large corporations means that news organizations are prevented from talking about the things that matter. He said:
“…I think the American people are going to have to say to NBC and ABC and CBS and CNN, ‘You know what, forget the political gossip. Politics is not a soap opera. Talk about the real damn issues facing this country.'”
When asked for a solution to the problem of corporate media, Sanders said the following:
“I think we have got to think about ways that the Democratic Party, for a start, starts funding the equivalent of Fox television.”
This seems to indicate that Sanders disagrees with the notion that MSNBC is a liberal network. They have been criticized in recent years for moving away from their liberal roots.
For her part, Maddow was quite understanding about Bernie’s position and remained her normal jovial self.
The wide-ranging interview also touched on issues such as the possibility of a fight at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), and criticism of the DNC for being biased against the Sanders campaign.
Sen. Sanders still faces a large deficit in the delegate count but remains hopeful that the races ahead will narrow the gap. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that way for the senator.
The site FiveThirtyEight projects that Secretary Clinton has a 95% chance of winning the California primary. California has the most delegates of any remaining state and would effectively end the race.