Corporate Media Tries to Bury Sanders Before He's Dead
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off in three Western states on Tuesday, with Clinton winning Arizona and Sanders taking Idaho and Utah, sparking latest round of debate over the Democratic primary, with many saying Clinton has secured the nomination. CNN, for example, gives Clinton a 97% chance to win the nomination. But new polls of potential November matchups heavily favor Sanders, and could swing the tide of the Democratic primary in his favor.
Robert McChesney is the author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times, Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America. (with John Nichols) and People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.
Watch: The Real News Network Interview with Robert McChesney. Full transcript below.
ROBERT MCCHESNEY: Well, I think the idea that Clinton's lead is insurmountable is based on the idea that the superdelegates who have informally committed to her will not change their vote, and no matter what happens in the primaries they are locked into voting for Hillary Clinton.
NOOR: ClintonÂ’s current lead of 300 awarded delegates jumps dramatically if superdelegates are added to the mix.
MCCHESNEY: Nancy Pelosi, among others, made it pretty clear that if Bernie Sanders wins the majority of the elected delegates, the idea that the unelected delegates would throw the election to Hillary Clinton, well, that would be a very controversial and dubious move for the party to make. It would in all likelihood to great damage to the future of the Democratic party, really destroy its chances of winning in the November election.
NOOR: With superdelegates off the table, a different picture emerges.
MCCHESNEY: If you look at that picture, Bernie can certainly catch up. It won't necessarily be easy, but his chances are closer to 50/50 than they are to 20/80.
NOOR: To catch up to Clinton, Sanders would need to continue winning states by wide margins like he did in Idaho and Utah Tuesday night. Some new polls show Sanders closing in on Clinton nationally.
MCCHESNEY: He's still getting massive support. People are just learning about Bernie Sanders in large parts of the country. It's their first introduction to him. And it's a very positive one. So the future, the immediate future, looks great. Saturday he will likely win blowout wins in Hawaii and Alaska, and Washington State, which is a large state. So then he'll have five consecutive blowout 20, 30, 40-point victories over Hillary Clinton in races going into the all-important Wisconsin race. Wisconsin has always been a bellweather state for Democratic politics going back to 1960. It will be again this year.