It must have seemed pretty cool to Bernie Sanders that the famous early 2000s-era band The Strokes are supporters and offered to play at a February 10 rally in Durham, New Hampshire. After all Bernie used to rock out to their boss sounds when he was a spry 50-something. What wasn’t cool -- at least to anyone not taken in by septuagenarian socialism, was when the band did an anti-New York police song just days after two NYPD cops had been targeted for murder.
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid tells Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir that the ads President Trump will run against Sanders should he be the nominee, hitting him on socialism and showing him praising Castro and the Soviet Union, will be "true."
During MSNBC’s Friday night post-debate coverage, Hardball host Chris Matthews behaved like a man possessed, hellbent on informing all about the deadly dangers posed by communism and socialism, how concerns during the Cold War were real, and Bernie Sanders might not be looking to just remake America into a socialist country a la Denmark.
The New York Times provided another unasked for encomium to Communism, this time by China correspondent Javier Hernandez, in “Raising Fists and Hearts to Communism" on Thursday. He reported from Nanhu Lake, China, a sacred site for true believers. The Times has made a habit of whitewashing the Communist past as well as the Communist regimes still creaking along in the present. Whitewashing the crimes of International Communism, as in its Red Century series on the Soviet era on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, is a recurring bad habit.
The New York Times doesn’t just inject anti-capitalist and anti-conservative positions into its “news” coverage, but uses every section to make its arguments, concealed under the rubrics of Arts or Style. The Times is gleeful over the inevitable demise of capitalism, as demonstrated by an enraptured take by culture reporter Jennifer Schuessler of a hard-left satirical exhibit, “Museum of Capitalism."
Avengers: Endgame actor Mark Ruffalo is a major Bernie Bro. When he’s not starring in his fourth Marvel comic adaptation of the year, you can find the Hollywood leftie Hulking out over the socialist presidential candidate on Twitter and going green (in more ways than one) over the Vermont senator’s climate change initiatives.
A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.” Let's examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser Institute's recently released annual study “Economic Freedom of the World,” prepared by Professors James Gwartney, Florida State University; Robert A. Lawson and Ryan Murphy of Southern Methodist University; and Joshua Hall, West Virginia University, in cooperation with the Economic Freedom Network.
While marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Friday’s NBC Today show, former Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw sat down for an fawning interview with former East German Olympic skater Katarina Witt, whom he labeled “the beautiful face of socialism.” Rather than celebrate the collapse of authoritarian Communism in Europe, Brokaw sympathized with Witt over how “hard” it must have been on her athletic career.
Argentine-born Communist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara murdered and imprisoned thousands, supervised firing squads during revolutionary tribunals, founded forced labor camps, and dissolved free press in Cuba. Bizarrely, none of that made it into Tony Perrottet’s shallow, symbolic travelogue of Revolutionary Cuba that appears in the Smithsonian, the official journal of the federal-funded Smithsonian Institution. The writer palled around with Che’s son, bopping around the island to various shrines to the mass killer (and lousy father to boot).
Quentin Tarantino is having a bad week. It remains to be seen if his week is as bad as Lebron James’s was last week, but the cause is the same: the bullying communist Chinese government. Chinese censors have blocked Tarantino’s latest film from premiering in their country. Rumor has it that China film regulators did not take kindly to the director’s cartoonish depiction of martial artist Bruce Lee and are demanding that the film be recut or not be shown at all.
The recent Chinese/NBA debacle is a time of reckoning for folks who take athlete activism seriously. In the past, superstar Golden State Warrior captain Stephen Curry has been quite vocal about status quo lefty politics and his hatred for Donald Trump, but like his coward coach, Steve Kerr, the outspoken can’t star seem to find an answer when asked about actual oppression from the NBA’s business partner, the communist Chinese government.
Unlike some other businesses and corporations, South Park and Comedy Central aren't afraid of offending Communist China. In fact, they doubled down in Wednesday night's episode "SHOTS!!!" by having a major character shout, "[Bleep] the Chinese government!"