Transcript included also.
The pbs.org link above was kinda wonky (poor stream) in my browser, so here's the youtube clip (same video)
This end-of-week summary of Democratic Primary politics is a refreshing combination of realization and candor. PBS Newshour has not done a particularly good job covering Bernie imo, and David Brooks has been relentlessly dismissive of his candidacy ever since he announced, but Sanders supporters may find the conclusion of this discussion somewhat encouraging.
August 27, 2015 - Biden Runs Better Than Clinton Against Top Republicans, Quinnipiac University Natihttp://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2274
Clinton drops 10%, Sanders gains 5% since July 30.
Clinton tops the Democrats' "no way" list with 11 percent.
Lots more interesting stuff: word clouds, head2heads vs GOP leaders, first word that comes to mind... etc.
The two big surprises of the 2016 presidential race so far are Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Two dark horse candidates opposed by party insiders, each began a substantial surge in campaign polls around the beginning of July. In Real Clear Politics average of polls, Sanders has gone from 12.7 percent to 25.0 percent since July 1, while Trump has gone from 6 percent to 22 percent.
We used the Nexis database to see how often various news outlets had mentioned Sanders and Trump since July 1. The biggest gap we found was in the medium that reaches the most voters: broadcast network TV. On average, ABC, CBS and NBC named Sanders in their news stories 17 percent as often as they named Trumproughly one story that included the senator for every six with the developer.
Leading newspapersthe New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times and USA Todayran three times as many Trump stories as Sanders stories: Sanders was mentioned 34 percent as often as Trump in these papers. (The Journals articles are available as abstracts, not full text, on Nexis.) The New York Times had the highest ratio of Sanders to Trump mentions, at 49 percent; the Journal had the lowest, with 22 percent.
All the cable news channels talked about Trump more often than Sanderseven MSNBC, which often caters to a progressive audience. MSNBC did come closest to parity of any outlet we looked at, however, with 67 percent as many Sanders as Trump stories. Fox News also had relatively frequent references to Sanders, 53 percent as many as its Trump references. CNN was the most Trump-heavy of the cable networks, mentioning Sanders only 33 percent as often. Overall, cable news referred to Sanders an average of 51 percent as often as Trump.
Public broadcasting didnt pay more attention to Sanders than did for-profit cable. On NPR, Sanders came up 39 percent as often as Trump on NPR, and 56 percent as frequently on PBS NewsHouraveraging to 48 percent.
On average, the 13 outlets we surveyed had 36 percent as many references to Sanders as to Trump. While these candidates are backed by roughly as many voters in their own parties, among the general public Sanders is far more popular; in recent polls, 59 percent express a negative opinion of Trump, with about half as many liking him, whereas Sanders is one of the rare politicians who is viewed more often favorably than unfavorably. On the rare occasions when pollsters match up Republican hopefuls with anyone besides Clinton, Sanders trumps Trump.
So why should news outlets think voters need to hear about Trump about three times as often as they hear about Sanders?
Google Trends reveals a similar rise:
More people have been searching about Sanders than Clinton since mid-June, partly because hes more of an unknown so more are looking for basic information. But searches of his name spiked starting last Saturday, during a string of huge rallies he held on the West Coast that drew from 8,000 to 28,000 people, and a Black Lives Matter protest that interrupted his Seattle event. He even overtook Donald Trump in total Google searches last Monday.
I found this concise opinion expressed on the pages of DailyInterlake.com (A NW Montana online newspaper)
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 9:00 pm
If you dislike socialism, please quit driving your Freedom car on our Socialist public roads and disconnect your Liberty toilet from our Communist sewage systems. Also remove your mailbox and quit using our Socialist Postal Service, established by renowned commie Ben Franklin and also stay out of our Liberal Library.
On the other hand if youre willing and able to distinguish between a political ideology and an economic system, a few minutes study will prove Bernie Sanders would be the best thing for America since women got the vote.
True, it will take a political revolution for him to win, but isnt it time for one? Remember, Liberal and Liberty both have the same root. The very idea of America was the most Liberal invention of the past 1,960 some-odd years. Ignore labels and listen to ideas, then vote, and take a friend who hasnt voted before.
Bob Petersen, Evergreen
Posted in its entirety above but found here:
Mark Shields says: "Sanders really could be David against all the Goliaths in both parties the last, best chance to take back the American government from big money"
Sanders, his growing legion of supporters would concede, is no matinee idol and does not hide his 73 years. He doesnt look to have wasted time on his personal appearance, and he definitely buys off the rack.
He does not offer the optimism that characterized both John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan or the eloquence of an Adlai Stevenson II.
No, what Sanders gives you is his unvarnished take on the truth. To the hedge-fund royalty and the private-equity princes, he announces: You cant have it all. You cannot get huge tax breaks when millions of kids go to bed hungry. ... You cannot hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. You will pay your fair share.
Audiences understand when Sanders declaims that uncontrolled campaign financing with admitted individual contributions of $10 million to a candidate because of the U.S. Supreme Courts 2010 no-limits Citizens United decision has totally corrupted this nation founded on government by the people.
Im a Republican. Im a feminist. Im an anti-racist activist. I support marriage equality. I support social programs. Im voting for Bernie Sanders. Maybe Democrats should listen up and start reaching out to the Rockefeller Republicans that actually left the party. They call themselves Independents today and make up 41% of registered voters.
Im a Republican.
Just because morons in the GOP have clung to the Tea Party and the theocratic fascists of the fringe right doesnt mean that I do. I admire and look up to a long history of Republicans who believed in compassionate conservatism.
Another very interesting read imo...
I believe there are a ton of Republicans and RedState Independents who will change their registrations in the primaries, just so they have the chance to vote for Bernie Sanders for President in the general election.