How the NY Times Puts Its Finger on the Scale for Clinton, Against Sanders

finger_on_scaleTo understand the power of an editor, all you have to do is compare the original URL for this NY Times article with the headline as it finally ran:

URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/us/politics/bernie-sanderss-campaign-accuses-head-of-dnc-of-favoritism.html

HEADLINE:
Bernie Sanders, Eyeing Convention, Willing to Harm Hillary Clinton in the Homestretch

Elsewhere in the biased media, check out the lies that have been propagated about the convention fracas in Nevada:

The Faux Fracas in Nevada: How a Reporter Manufactured a Riot

Excerpt:

Jon Ralston, the dean of political reporting in Nevada, has spread nothing less than a pack of lies about what went down at the state’s Democratic convention on Saturday. And the fact averse oligarchic national media has run completely riot with the provable falsehoods. No chairs were thrown at the convention Saturday. No death threats were made against the chair of the convention Roberta Lange. And Bernie Sanders delegates were not simply mad because their louder shouting was ignored.

[…]

Rachel Maddow ran a deceptive clip on MSNBC saying chairs were thrown while reportedly showing footage of chairs thrown at a wrestling production. (I cannot find the original Maddow clip with this as of yet). People on social media then insisted that networks had shown actual footage of chairs thrown at the convention. Maddow retreated only a bit by having Ralston on to say that even though he had not seen the chairs thrown, other eyewitnesses have told him the video is wrong. CNN had Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on to denounce Bernie Bros throwing chairs at the stage.
   

The biggest truth I’ve learned during this election season:

It’s not about the candidates. It’s never just about the candidates and the “horse race.” It’s always about something much much bigger. And most of us — because of our fascination with celebrity and the seemingly larger-than-life individuals in  history — end up acting like enablers of the pernicious lie that it’s just about Bernie and Hillary (and their personal ambitions).

It’s difficult to conceive of a candidate who’s committed to the more prosaic truth that it’s really about all of us … and about the hard work of building a movement, and about our responsibility to work for the success of our principles down-ballot, and in our neighborhood.

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