Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet!
New York Magazine says he is “quietly building a digital media empire.”
Mic.com calls it “one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America.”
This matters because bettors rank Sanders one of the top four Democratic presidential contenders.
I resent Sanders’ “empire” because it pushes bad ideas, yet his videos are viewed more often than mine. His videos have been seen almost a billion times.
Some are just recordings of him making noisy speeches, ranting about how Republican policies hurt Americans. For example, “Tens of thousands of them will die” if Obamacare is repealed. (He ignores the fact that more will live if the economy is allowed to grow.)
Other Sanders videos are edited, produced pieces, much like videos that I make.
One powerful one begins with a President Trump speech where the president recites the song “The Snake,” in which a woman nurses a snake back to health—only to have it bite her. “You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in!” shouts the president. He was arguing against loose immigration controls.
But the video cuts to Trump calling criminals “animals,” and an “expert” says Trump is using “the same kind of language that the Nazis used.”
The video never mentions that when Trump said “animals,” he was talking about MS-13.
A recurring Sanders video theme is that Trump supporters are “faces of greed” who scheme to get even richer by doing things like abolishing the estate tax.
Sanders never mentions that the estate tax taxes money that had already been taxed; it’s double taxation.
He could still argue against repealing it, but he ought to be fair.
Many Sanders videos demand that government make college free.
His staff interview themselves.
May Ayad, a Sanders associate media producer, tells us, “It’s not just one or two people saying, ‘I can’t afford to go to college.’ This is like the majority of college students in the entire nation!”
Winn Decker, research intern for the Senate Budget Committee, whines, “Student loans kept me from doing things like purchase a home.”
Sanders staff assistant Terrel Champion tells viewers, “Somebody has to foot the bill. The government should assume that responsibility!”