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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:04 PM

 

Steve Krakauer Fox News, Bernie Sanders and the value of discomfort



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We exercise physically — put our body through physical discomfort, so we can better ourselves physically. In that same way, intellectual exercise, through intellectual discomfort, can lead to bettering ourselves intellectually.

This is what happened on Monday, when Sen. Bernie Sanders became the first Democratic presidential candidate this election cycle to participate in a town hall on Fox News. The April 15 event was a win-win for Sanders and for the cable news network — both from an intellectual and a strategic perspective.

For Sanders, the intellectual exercise of fielding questions from Fox anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum — in exchanges which were both fair and occasionally combative — allowed him to craft his policy positions in a more challenging environment. Healthy, nuanced debate is important, and a great test for a candidate who, if he succeeds in the primary, will have a far more unwieldy sparring partner in the general election.

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Sanders’ town hall on Fox News was a victory for healthy, intellectual discomfort. And everyone should leave the exchange of ideas better — more tolerant of alternative perspectives, more challenged in their own beliefs. In a long campaign cycle, there is more than enough time for nuance.


https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/fox-news-bernie-sanders-value-discomfort-ncna994976



I believe this to be a good analysis.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Bernie Sanders

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Uncle Joe Apr 2019 OP
Demsrule86 Apr 2019 #1
Hassin Bin Sober Apr 2019 #2
Nanjeanne Apr 2019 #3
Hassin Bin Sober Apr 2019 #7
Demsrule86 Apr 2019 #4
murielm99 Apr 2019 #6
Snotcicles Apr 2019 #5
Uncle Joe Apr 2019 #9
denverbill Apr 2019 #8

Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:11 PM

1. Giving g a propaganda site like Fox stature and ratings is not a good idea.

 

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primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:13 PM

2. Are you going to change your mind when the other candidates go on Fox?

 

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:19 PM

3. Looks like Pete and Eric are talking to Fox now.

 

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Response to Nanjeanne (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:42 PM

7. I'm sure media matters is firing up the blog computer to condemn the ratings/ad revenue boost.

 

No. I’m just kidding.
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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:20 PM

4. No. It is bad idea. No one should do it.

 

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:39 PM

6. I agree.

 

Do not legitimize Fox.
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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:26 PM

5. When one is steadfast in their convictions and confident in their positions the leader will lead. nt

 

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Response to Snotcicles (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 08:24 PM

9. Precisely Snotcicles.

 

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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:49 PM

8. If Bernie wins the primary, his opponent in the general will still be a moron.

 

A moron, unfortunately, supposed fanatically by 1/3 of the population who don't care that he has no plan for anything, except to claim he has the best plan for everything. A moron who claims to know more about 5G networking, the military, economics and every other subject despite proving repeatedly he's completely oblivious.

Every opponent Bernie will face in the primary is 100 times more qualified and smarter than Trump. The only way Trump is 'a far more unwieldy sparring partner' is I suppose if you look at the dictionary definition of unwieldy.

un·wield·y
/ˌənˈwēldē/
adjective
adjective: unwieldy; comparative adjective: unwieldier; superlative adjective: unwieldiest

difficult to carry or move because of its size, shape, or weight.
"the first mechanical clocks were large and unwieldy"
synonyms: cumbersome, unmanageable, unhandy, unmanoeuvrable; More
awkward, difficult, clumsy, ungainly;
massive, heavy, hefty, bulky, weighty, ponderous;
informalhulking, clunky
"he dragged his big unwieldy sword out of its scabbard"
antonyms: manageable, dainty
(of a system or bureaucracy) too big or badly organized to function efficiently.

Origin
late Middle English (in the sense ‘lacking strength, infirm’): from un-1 ‘not’ + wieldy (in the obsolete sense ‘active’).
Translate unwieldy to
Use over time for: unwieldy

Trump's strength isn't his intellectual capacity or analytical skill. It's his appeal to the basest instincts and lower common denominator. His ability to demonize and ridicule and bully.
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