Fighting for CA workers, Bernie slams NYTimes for blacking out “real issues”

Fighting for CA Workers, Sanders Slams NYT for Ignoring ‘Real Issues’

‘Our campaign is about defeating Secretary Clinton on the real issues.’

by Nika Knight, staff writer

“I have a real problem with the New York Times, which from day one has been trying to be very dismissive of our campaign and has been very negative about our campaign.” (Photo: Roger Jones/flickr/cc)

In an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had harsh words for media more interested in stoking candidates’ antagonism toward each other instead of focusing “on the real issues” of a shrinking middle class and rising wealth inequality in America.

“I have a real problem with the New York Times, which from day one has been trying to be very dismissive of our campaign and has been very negative about our campaign.”
—Bernie Sanders

Speaking from his campaign stop in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sanders called out the New York Times in particular: “The New York Times—I’ll tell you,” Sanders said, “I have a real problem with the New York Times, which from day one has been trying to be very dismissive of our campaign and has been very negative about our campaign.”

Sanders continued:

You can go out and you can talk to millions of people and you get any response that you want. Our campaign is about defeating Secretary Clinton on the real issues. I want to break up the big banks, she doesn’t. I want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, she wants $12 an hour. I voted against the war in Iraq, she voted for the war in Iraq. I believe we should ban fracking, she does not. I believe we should have a tax on carbon and deal aggressively with climate change, that is not her position. Those are some of the issues that I am campaigning on. The New York Times goes around and talks to a handful of people, does a front-page story, that is a problem with the New York Times and not for my campaign.

Sanders also argued that “in order for the Democrats to win” against Trump in November, “they’re going to have to address the needs of working people, standing up to wall street, standing up to the greed of corporate America, even now and then standing up to the media.”

When pressed by Todd to weigh in on the FBI investigation of Clinton’s email practices while Secretary of State, Sanders reiterated, “I think the American people are tired of that type of politics. I think the media and the candidates have got to talk about why the middle class is in decline and why we have massive levels of income and wealth inequality. Those have been talking about. And those are the issues I focus on.”

“I just gave an hour long speech here in Santa Barbara,” Sanders continued, “and it wasn’t about emails, it was about the future of the middle class and some of the fundamental problems that they’re facing.”

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