Thanks to its ingrained habit of seemingly presenting the news in a way skewed to benefit the Democrat Party establishment, CNN has managed to unleash the Kraken upon itself.
The far-left establishment network achieved this monumental feat by running a segment solely about the “bullying” and “hostile tactics” allegedly being used by Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to “drown out” his opponents.
Are “bullying” and “hostile tactics” frequently utilized by inhabitants of the social media universe? Absolutely. But are they intrinsic only to Sanders’ supporters? The Covington Catholic High School students who suffered relentless harassment and death threats last year after being smeared by media outlets such as CNN would likely say no.
Yet according to critics like non-establishment journalist Glenn Greenwald, CNN’s segment seemed to suggest that yes, the harmful “pathology” that leads some people to harass others is indeed “unique to Sanders supporters.”
Such little babies.
BREAKING: The internet is mean.
Pretending it’s some sort of pathology unique to Sanders supporters is, and always has been, calculated deceit on the part of coddled elites who expect constant deference and are drowning in entitlement syndromes: https://t.co/H8MmlyO6I2
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 7, 2020
Did the segment really suggest this, though?
“[Sanders] has far more social media followers than any other Democratic candidate, but our senior correspondent explains some Sanders fans are using bullying and hostile tactics on social media to try and drown out his critics,” host Wolf Blitzer announced as the segment began.
CNN reporter Drew Griffin then cited numerous examples of random Sanders supporters tweeting and writing arguably “mean” things to non-supporters.
“Say one thing bad about Bernie Sanders online anywhere, and his supporters may attack you, personally,” he said. “Multiple targets described to CNN what they call a Sanders swarm, an online swarm on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit — some even digging into their personal lives, trying to out their identity, bully and silence them into silence.”
“The type of harassment that occurs, it is deeply hurtful, it’s scary, it’s frightening,” one of the network’s sources, MIT lecturer Michael Trice, added.
“Personally I’ve had my job threatened online. Many people have experienced far, far worse, and unless somebody’s willing to do more, then, yes, it can only escalate because it’s effective.”
Watch the full segment below:
For some reason, CNN neglected to ask whether Sanders’ supporters ever experience the same level of harassment. To be fair, CNN isn’t alone in its cherry-picking.
Numerous other left-wing establishment media outlets have published reports in the past few weeks about the aging senator and his allegedly abusive flock of supporters:
- The Daily Beast, 1-22-20: “Bernie Bros Are Loud, Proud, and Toxic to Sanders’ Campaign”
- The Advocate, 1-23-20: “Bernie Sanders’s Most Fervent Supporters Are Not Helping”
- The New York Times, 1-27-20: “Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army”
- The New York Times, 1-31-20: “Bernie’s Angry Bros”
- Chicago Tribune, 2-2-20: “Is Bernie Sanders’ Angry Army Really What Democrats Want?”
Is there any legitimacy to these reports? Certainly, according to reporting by Project Veritas. But since the establishment media have chosen to ignore the non-establishment watchdog group’s reporting, it won’t be factored any further in this report …
As for the base argument that Sanders’ supporters are mean bullies — allegedly unlike the supporters of other Democrat candidates in the 2020 race — a whole host of detractors vehemently disagree with this seemingly flawed presumption.
As self-avowed Sanders’ supporter and blue-check-mark-boasting “medical doctor” Jeffrey Ventre, M.D., put it in a tweet, harassment “happens across the board,” in part because of the media’s incessant smears and attacks and disturbing fantasies.
See his and other people’s criticism below:
.@CNN singling out #BernieBros pre debate is a joke. It happens across the board in = per-capita percentages, exacerbated by baseless #MSM attacks & more #s supporting Bernie — They just went after @davidsirota — If they want things to settle down, stop the desperate attacks pic.twitter.com/eqbQX0oi4i
— Jeffrey Ventre (@jeffrey_ventre) February 8, 2020
Cool, now do one on all of the BS we have to put up with.
— Julie Smith ? (@JulieSmithM) February 7, 2020
I have been on 4 or 5 message boards for five years, and I have never seen a mean post by a Bernie supporter. I have been begging for weeks for credible examples of the mythical Bernie Bros’ mean posts. [The examples you show could have posted by anyone’s supporters.)
— Tenilla Sheehan (@tenilla) February 8, 2020
Really? Really?!?! I just saw your report. I’m so disgusted. Those kinds of comments can be found on ALL the candidates’ feeds, I’m sure, Mr. Griffin. Why is CNN so biased against Sanders?
— Diane Vellandurai (@dizie61) February 8, 2020
im done. like the abuse i got to my Splinter email from LIBERALS was several magnitudes of order worse than this pic.twitter.com/Yz1cDjpAa3
— app developer @ DNC (sry!!) (@kath_krueger) February 7, 2020
Interesting choice of the word “Loyalist”
No other campaign gets their supporters designated as this more often and I truly cannot separate that term from its antisemitic implications of dual loyalty here.
Maybe clarify that the dissent itself is also factually wrong/bigoted… https://t.co/GYTHYIxpKn
— Pyotr Bropotkin ?????☠️[COMMISSIONS OPEN] (@KingOfTheSkyGa1) February 8, 2020
How about reporting on what Sanders loyalists have to put up with? Here’s a taste. https://t.co/PEvdlEga51
— Carolyn ?Never, Ever Lose Your Sense of Outrage? (@carolyndodd1) February 7, 2020
“Why is CNN so biased against Sanders?” one critic wrote.
Perhaps because CNN’s narrative always seems to match that of the Democrat Party, and it just so happens that the party is strongly rooting against Sanders.
“A small group of Democratic National Committee members has privately begun gauging support for a plan to potentially weaken Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention,” Politico revealed last week.
And well, portraying him as the leader of an army of bullies would probably weaken his campaign …
Also, CNN’s piece on Sanders’ supporters comes amid increasing attacks on the senator from failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Attacks, to be more precise, that networks like CNN appear to have no qualms with …
i love that they have tweets from random accounts calling people corrupt as the pinnacle of online bullying, when hillary clinton is very publicly attacking the democratic front runner on every outlet that will have her on for her new doc that will come out on super tuesday https://t.co/X1LOfjtM1J
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) February 7, 2020
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