[sgmb id=”2″]As an earlier article on this web site said, there were no chairs thrown at the Bernie Sander Democratic convention in Nevada.
The media did a poor job of verifying an allegation by a second-hand blogger that chairs were thrown, but the political media never did their basic job of due diligence. The event was never verified.
This showed that the broadcast media which covers political events (CNN, CNBC, and their main commentators, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer and Andrea Mitchell) never bothered to check their facts. That is surprising considering they are very well paid: Mitchell is paid $750,000 annually; Matthews has a net worth of $16 million; Maddow is paid $7 million a year; Blitzer net worth is $16 million. So given these huge salaries, you would think these commentators are being paid for their credibility or talent as reporters. Not so in 2016.
Instead, the allegations about the flying chair conformed with their biases against Sanders, so they carried and embellished the fake story.
Worse for the Democratic leadership, chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, certainly no Sanders supporter, pushed the fake story along. Wasserman Schultz, as well as other Democrats, are on the defensive since she is accepting money from the payday loan industry in Florida to raise interest rate ceilings. About 200,000 people signed a petition for her to resign and Sanders has endorsed her Democratic opponent in the upcoming Florida election.
Also, as part of that deal to the payday loan lobbyists, she is also attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a progressive and a Sanders’ supporter.
All this is explained in the Snopes story here.
Late Breaking News Regarding the Demise of Wasserman Schultz….
In the latest news from The Hill, it looks like the Democratic leadership has finally recognized that Wasserman Schultz has become a liability. In this report, it looks like she will be asked to resign before the Democratic convention. This would be a great symbolic and structural victory for Sanders and it would help unite the party.
In the article, one Senator said: “I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts,” said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.