Norman Solomon: The fact that cable news pundits, anchors, and reporters rushed to vehemently defend corporate media against Sanders’ comments is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.
Norman Solomon: Her solicitous skills at cultivating wealthy patrons are matched with her rather contemptuous attitude toward progressives who don’t fit into the equations that compute for her on Capitol Hill.
Norman Solomon: As a practical matter, in the routine lexicon of U.S. mass media, “moderate” actually means pro-corporate and reliably unwilling to disrupt the dominant power structures.
Norman Solomon: Being preferable to Joe Biden is a low bar, and Kamala Harris clears it. But, like Biden, she stands to lose potential support from many self-described liberals and progressives to the extent they learn more about her actual record.
Norman Solomon: After the leading blue chip closed sharply lower at the end of last week, even declaring “my time is up,” many top investors felt overexposed and looked for shelter.
Norman Solomon: Biden shuttles between the billionaire class and the working class—funded by the rich while justifying the rich to everyone else. His aspirations are bound up in notions of himself as comforter-in-chief.
Norman Solomon: An extended apology tour would be entirely appropriate. Pretending that you don’t have much to apologize for is not viable.
Norman Solomon: Even some of the pro-Biden delegates said they were miffed that he wasn’t showing up—in contrast to the 14 presidential candidates who accepted invitations to address the convention.
Norman Solomon: Biden is eager to deflect any prospective attention from his own history of trafficking in white malice and racial division.
Norman Solomon: After several decades of cutting corporate-friendly deals with GOP legislators—often betraying the interests of core Democratic constituencies in the process —Biden has a big psychological and political stake in denying that the entire GOP agenda is repugnant.
Norman Solomon: The conformist political reporters are akin to inept topside oceanographers who stay away from the depths while scrutinizing the surface and speculating on future waves. Time and again, the sea changes that come from below take them by surprise.
Norman Solomon: Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
Norman Solomon: Raising domestic spending in tandem with military spending is no solution, any more than spewing vastly more carcinogenic poisons into the environment would be offset by building more hospitals.