Read time: 2 minutes

Hartmann: Matthews Attack On Sanders All About Not Wanting Outsider Seriously Running For President

Thom Hartmann discusses MSNBC's Chris Matthews latest cheap shot at Bernie Sanders and why the Villagers in our corporate media don't want him in the race.

Progressive radio host Thom Hartmann discussed Chris Matthews' latest hit job on Bernie Sanders that we posted about here earlier this week, where Matthews did his best to distort what it actually means to be a Democratic Socialist with one of his callers this Wednesday, and I agree with quite a few of the conclusions he made in the clip above.

First off, Matthews is not stupid. He understands exactly what he's doing when he goes after Sanders and attempts to paint him as some extremist that's out of the mainstream.

The corporate media's calls for Biden to jump into the race are a sign that they are desperate to have someone on the inside that's agreeable to them as a nominee if the scandal mongering with Hillary Clinton finally takes its toll and her campaign implodes. They do not want Sanders as an alternative.

As Hartmann noted, the Democrats could have had some good outsider candidates whether it was Elizabeth Warren or Sherrod Brown if either of them had chosen to run, but they don't have a lot of good "insider" candidates and the public has soured quite a bit on Democrats who think the best way to get elected is to be Republican-lite.

Last but not least Hartmann made the point that much of our establishment is insiders vs. outsiders rather than ideology and left vs. right, and if you're an outsider and not toeing the corporate line, you're not as likely to get a spot on their airways or an interview that doesn't resemble an interrogation, or reporting that's favorable to you as a candidate.

Hartmann was basically describing what we already call The Village around here. For anyone who is not already familiar with that term, Digby explained it in this post from 2009: Le Hameau de la Potomac.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team