How the AP Screwed Sanders

… and Other Tales From Tuesday Night – Published on truthout, by William Rivers Pitt, June 8, 2016.

Thanks to The Associated Press, I was awake well past midnight on Wednesday morning watching a series of non-events come to a grateful conclusion. I wanted to see the speeches, especially Bernie’s, which came after 1:00 am; they were the one thing the “news” media couldn’t screw up. How did Tuesday’s primaries become non-events? Because The Associated Press on Monday night, straight out of the blue, declared Secretary Clinton to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Wait, what? Yeah, they did that. They polled a bunch of Democratic Party elites — “superdelegates” — and decided Clinton had enough delegates to call it a day. The margin? One delegate. Five primaries and a caucus that would have decided the race fair and square 24 hours later got tossed into the dustbin because the AP wanted the hot take, the big scoop, and in doing so broke a cardinal rule of journalism: They became the story instead of reporting the story … //

… Bernie Sanders flew home Wednesday with his senior campaign advisers to consider their options. He is holding to his vow to stay in until the convention. It may only be a bargaining tactic to wring platform and convention concessions from the Clinton campaign, but it may very well be something else entirely: conviction.

When he finally took the podium on Wednesday morning, the roar of the crowd rose to a beam-rattling crescendo that lasted many long minutes; they wouldn’t let the man speak because they just wanted to cheer his presence and all he has accomplished to date. When he did speak, his words were fire.

“I am pretty good at arithmetic,” he said, “and I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate we can get. Our fight is to transform our country and to understand that we are in this together. To understand that all of what we believe is what the majority of the American people believe. And to understand that the struggle continues.”

Take that, Associated Press … //

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Help us find them alive: Mother of Boko Haram-kidnapped girl appeals to US via RT, on Russia Today RT, June 9, 2016: a mother of one of 219 Nigerian girls still in Boko Haram captivity is begging the US to help find her daughter and other schoolgirls abducted in 2014. The woman spoke exclusively to RT as she traveled to Washington, DC seeking support …;

Record low number of asylum seekers coming to increasingly ‘less attractive’ Norway, on Russia Today RT, June 9, 2016;

The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump, on ZNet, by Marjorie Cohn, June 8, 2016: as I sat in the San Diego sunshine yesterday listening to Bernie Sanders outside of Qualcomm Stadium, I was struck by the stunning contrast between the senator and Donald Trump, particularly on the issue of race …;

Money for nothing: Count me out of a universal basic income, June 7;

RBI en Suisse: Les quartiers qui ont dit oui, 2.23 min, dans SWI, le 7 juin 2016;

France: coups de “zef” sur la tête Macron, dans, par Yves Mont-Rouge, le 7 juin 2016;

Le travail en Suisse, un sanctuaire qui résiste à tous les assauts, dans SWI, par Cécile Rais et Tybalt Félix, RTS, le 6 juin 2016;


Goldman Sells Stakes in Five Hedge Funds for $800 Million, on Bloomnberg, by Nishant Kumar, June 6, 2016;

Bond yields in the developed world hit a record low – even the EU referendum won’t stop them falling, on CITY A.M., by Jake Cordell, June 6, 2016;

Suisse: Votations – trois progrès que les Suisses ont refusés, dans Libération, le 6 juin 2016; (mon commentaire: ce qu’ici une gauche typique appelle ‘refus de progrès’ est un point de vue. Moi je vois les trois dites ‘progrès’ dans un ensemble de soupe existant selon des lois capitalistes, donc on ne peut plus argumenter de cette façon linéaire – veut dire: pour faire davantage que de la cosmétique, il faut aussi changer l’entourage, veut dire les mentalités … voir l’ensemble de la société. Dites-moi, quand est-ce que le changement d’une loi avait changé les mentalités ??? – Heidi);

Andrew McAfee : taxer les robots? Faisons plutôt des impôts plus difficiles à contourner, dans Numerama, le 6 juin 2016;

Suisse: Le RBI et son impensé, dans A l’encontre – La Brèche, entretien avec Mateo Alaluf par Guy Zurkinden, le 6 juin 2016: Le résultat d’ensemble du vote sur Revenu de base inconditionnel (RBI) n’a rien de surprenant. Par contre, les résultats du vote mériteraient une analyse plus fine en termes sociaux et générationnels, entre autres dans les quelques communes (ou «cercles électoraux») où le vote en faveur du RBI a dépassé les 40% comme à Zurich (Kreis 4 et 5), à Genève (Mail-Jonction) ou encore dans le Jura. Les sondages et enquêtes ont marqué une certaine césure générationnelle …;

Anne Hidalgo: Il vaut mieux sécuriser un périmètre pour l’Euro, on Europe 1, June 6, 2016;

Debating the role of socialists in (US) Election 2016, on Socialist, by Todd Chretien, May 25, 2016: … Philip Locker and Stephan Kimmerle: … Fighting for Leadership … // … Bernie Should Run as an Independent in November …;

WDR: über die GEFAHR ISLAM – GEZ bekommt langsam kalte Füsse, 80.11 min, von Thomas Müller am 13. May 2016 hochgeladen;

Bilderberg, Böhmermann und Viruswahn – #BarCode, 82.17 min, uploaded by NuoViso.TV, April 21, 2016;

The aliens amongst you, on Intrepid Report, by Michael Freed, Jan 22, 2015: … I am speaking of course of black people in America …;

Mit der Natur in Einklang leben (Wolf Dieter Storl), 64.12 min, von News 23 am 11. Februar 2014 hochgeladen … einer der Höhepunkte im MISTICA Kongress „Der Neubeginn” 2012: Der humorvolle Vortrag des Ethnobotanikers und Kulturanthropologen Dr. Wolf-Dieter Storl über unsere Verbindung zu Pflanzenwelt. Die einfachste Heilung ist und war schon immer der Aufenthalt in der Natur. Können wir mit Pflanzen kommunizieren und ist wirklich für jedes Wehwehchen ein Kraut gewachsen?

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