Blessed is he who comes in the name of the State.
Bernie Sanders has a plan. While some of his competitors for the Democratic nomination for president want to give every one $1000 a day, The Bern – as they called him on the 1932 New England Patriots – wants to save journalism.
First, there are the bad guys: “Today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action.”
“Real journalism is different from the gossip, punditry, and clickbait that dominates today’s news. Real journalism, in the words of Joseph Pulitzer, is the painstaking reporting that will ‘fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, [and] always fight demagogues.’ Pulitzer said that journalism must always ‘oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.’ Hey, wait a minute, I think that’s word-for-word from the Democratic Party platform.”
Sanders went on to say that Google and Facebook, because they are greedy S.O.B.’s (and big-time Democratic donors) that steal advertising dollars away for real journalism. “At precisely the moment when we need more reporters covering the healthcare crisis, the climate emergency, and economic inequality, we have television pundits paid tens of millions of dollars to pontificate about frivolous political gossip, as local news outlets are eviscerated.”
“I want to do for the media what Obama did for health care. We will pass my Workplace Democracy Plan, which will boost media workers’ laudable efforts to form unions and collectively bargain with their employers. I have publicly supported journalists’ efforts to unionize. Unions fight for media workers’ wages and benefits, they can also operate a protection racket for reporters and prevent journalists from scrutinizing media owners and their advertisers.”
Finally, Sanders promised, “If you like your newspaper, you can keep you newspaper.”