Parsing Talk of Danger, Targets, Hell and Bimbos
This blog is largely devoted to media analysis, featuring original posts or those written by others that speak to issues surrounding media influence in public debate.
The 2016 Election coverage provide more grist for the mill than nearly any other topic, as it provides a first-hand look at all aspects of national reporting: coverage, blackouts, orchestrated attacks, ownership, regulation, corruption, abuse of power and the most contentious arena (ascribing motive). The missing link is analysis of the extent to which all of these issues affect the lives of real people.
Another title for this post might be: Threats, Warnings and Crisis: He Said, She Said, And the Insults Just Keep Coming!
Bernie Sanders is sweeping the democratic primaries.
Iowa was a draw: technically which translates into a HUGE WIN for Sanders.
New Hampshire was a landslide victory for Sanders that included 82% of women under the age of 30.[i]
He assured the masses:
Together we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California,” said Sanders in his victory speech. “And that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs.[ii]
Sanders’ message resonates: He cited Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein as a prime example of corporate greed that is harming the US.[iii]
Goldman Sachs Executive, Lloyd Blankfein said of Sanders’ attacks on Wall Street:
It has the potential to personalize it, it has the potential to be a dangerous moment. Not just for Wall Street not just for the people who are particularly targeted but for anybody who is a little bit out of line.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren responded: Blankfein “thinks it’s fine to prosecute small business owners, it’s fine to go hard after individuals who have no real resources, but don’t criticize companies like Goldman Sachs and their very, very important CEO — that’s what he’s really saying.” Is it? Sounds like a garden path sentence (perhaps a none-too-subtle threat). What of danger, targets and those who step out of line (even just a little)?
According to a USA Today/Rock the Vote poll, Democratic and Independent women ages 18 to 34 prefer Sanders to Clinton, 50 percent to 31 percent.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said of young female millennials, on the subject of the broader fight for women’s equality:
We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”[iv]
Gloria Steinem quipped that younger women were just backing Sanders so that they could meet young men. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie. After a vicious backlash…, Steinem issued an apology.
Failure to focus on the power of Wall Street during the 2016 election could be dangerous to the economy. Too big to fail, jail, or prosecute is not a message that resonates with Sanders. However, it could represent a chorus for Clinton. Goldman has showered her with $675,000 worth of speaking fees, $930,000 in campaign contributions from the GS network both a senator and Secretary of State, on top of the quarter million donated to the Clinton family’s foundation, all nearing the $2 million line
Warren reminds us that the financial crisis cost an estimated $14 trillion: it cost jobs, it cost homes, it cost retirement funds. “And Lloyd Blankfein stands up and says ‘Don’t even criticize me, I ran a company that was right at the heart of some of the biggest financial frauds in history and made money off it, but don’t you dare criticize me’. “That’s why we need voters to get really engaged.”
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Posted: February 10th, 2016 under Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Death Threats, Media, Multi-media platforms, Propaganda, Regulators.
Tags: 2016 Election, Bernie Sanders, Campaign Donations, Clinton, Corruption, Economic Crisis, Elizabeth Warren, Financial Fraud, Gloria Steinem, Goldman, Iowa, Lloyd Blankfein, Madeline Albright, New Hampshire, Robin Barnes, Rock the Vote