In this week’s NewsBusters Time Machine, we flashback to a conversation between the left and the very far left. Three years ago this week, on May 6, 2016, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Bernie Sanders discussed the need for a liberal Fox News. Again, this all happened on the deeply liberal MSNBC.
After Sanders complained about Americans being “a little bit tired of corporate media,” Maddow replied, “What’s the solution to corporate media?”
In a conversation between the far left and the very far left, Sanders ranted:
I think we have got to think about ways that the Democratic Party, for a start, starts funding the equivalent of Fox television. Number two, I think that pressure has got to be put on media to say that you know what, maybe as a nation, the American people are entitled to hear real discussions on real issues.
Most would argue that MSNBC IS the voice of the Democratic Party. As MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham noted at the time:
Even The Huffington Post thought that sounded a little funny: "Of course, MSNBC is a corporate media outlet that is widely seen as a Democratic version of Fox News because of the perceived sympathies of many of its political talk shows."
Of course, Maddow took the requests for a REAL Democratic cable network without objection:
BERNIE SANDERS: How much discussion have you heard on TV about the fact that the top one-tenth of 1 percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent? That`s the kind of discussion we need and the American people need to be engaged in that. So we have got to demand of corporate media, and that's going to be hard, because this is against their own best interests. NBC is owned by who?
MADDOW: Comcast, our overlords.
SANDERS: All right. Comcast is not one of the most popular corporations in America, right?
If MSNBC isn’t liberal enough, one can only imagine what Sanders has in mind.
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