Hillary supporters may feel inclined to call Bernie Sanders supporters sore losers, but the latest evidence gifted to us by hacker Guccifer2, shows without a shadow of a doubt that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) did indeed stack the media deck against Sanders.
Hillary won the match on the pitch, but Sanders had to play the entire 90 minutes (and extra time) with the equivalent of nine players. In football terms, even the best defence will crack and give up a few goals with such a glaring disadvantage.
The leaked emails (that are now all over the internet) show that the DNC colluded with mainstream media outlets to heavily favor Hillary Clinton. The smoking gun, an email dated May 26, 2015, way before the primary began:
“Our goals in the coming months will be to frame the Republican field and the eventual nominee early and to provide a contrast between the GOP field and HRC.“
HRC obviously refers to Hillary R. Clinton.
What the emails clearly show is a DNC working with media outlets to coordinate narratives that support and champion Clinton, rather than Sanders. The DNC had picked its Presidential candidate before the primary even started, and it worked with mainstream media to make sure nothing would derail Hillary’s coronation.
— Kick (@MatthewKick) June 16, 2016
One of the strategies used by mianstream media in conjunction with DNC consultation, in a file called “positioning and public messaging” states, “Use specific hits to muddy the waters around ethics, transparency and campaign finance attacks on HRC.”
— WilmingtonNC4Bernie (@WNC4Bernie) June 16, 2016
The Anti Media further reports…
Under the heading “Tactics,” the document states, “Working with the DNC and allied groups, we will use several different methods to land these attacks”— including, under the subheading, “Reporter Outreach”:
“Working through the DNC and others, we should use background briefings, prep with reporters for interviews with GOP candidates, off-the-record conversations and oppo pitches to help pitch stories with no fingerprints and utilize reporters to drive a message.” And under “Bracketing Events,” the email states: “Both the DNC and outside groups are looking to do events and press surrounding Republican events to insert our messaging into their press and to force them to answer questions around key issues.”
Most revealing in this particular document is its conclusion, which reads, in part, “Our goal is to use this conversation to answer the questions who do we want to run against and how best to leverage other candidates to maneuver them into the right place.”
Guccifer 2.0 also leaked a two-page list titled “HRC election plans,” which, as US Uncut noted, includes a talking point that later appeared word for word in Clinton’s video announcement of her bid to run for president:
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times but the deck is still stacked for those at the top.”
Not only does this show a carefully-orchestrated spoonfeeding of vapid Clinton-isms to the ostensibly unsuspecting public, the irony of the former First Lady pontificating on ‘stacked decks’ for the elite bears a startling degree of hypocrisy in this context.
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