This website – OK, Fine – is focusing today on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Much information has come out on Bernie recently. Sanders declared his presidential run about a month ago.
Does Mr. Sanders have a chance of winning the presidency? Is he able to raise enough funding for his election campaign and get the media attention he needs and deserves? Is Mr. Sanders’ age a factor?
“Mr. Sanders is considered the Senate’s most left-wing member,” states The New York Times.
The Times also writes that Sanders recently drew 700 people to an event in Davenport, Iowa that was “the largest rally in the state for any single candidate this campaign season.” Only 50 attended a rally there on Saturday with former Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland.
Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign has been steadily picking up steam over the past month, writes Ring of Fire. After announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, Sanders managed to raise $3 million in just four days and has already had over 150,000 people sign up to volunteer on the campaign trail.
Ring of Fire hosts Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss it.
According to a study by a former aide to Ronald Reagan and top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, Bruce Bartlett, Fox News creates uninformed voters.
This is proof that Fox News simply skews the national narrative and damages its viewers chances of ever being informed, according to Ring of Fire Radio.
Mr. Bartlett appeared on CNN earlier this month. CNN Host Brian Stelter read from a paper Bartlett published earlier this month, in which Bartlett claimed that “[i]t can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Bartlett went on to say “I don’t think that word [‘self-brainwashing’] is too strong – I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people.”
“When they go on to the Internet,” he said, “they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, so they live in a universe in which they hear the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data, repeated over and over again – and that’s brainwashing.”
When Mr. Bartlett was asked if this is more true with conservatives than liberals, he said that it is. He hypothesized that because the media traditionally leans left, conservatives latched on to Fox News when it first appeared.
Recently, the right-wing publication WND published an article titled “Savage: Obama may arm U.S. gangs for race war.”
World Net Daily is a right-wing news publication and Michael Savage is a right-wing radio talk show host.
Warning of a coming “race war,” Savage appeared as a guest on Alex Jones Infowars program Monday, and said President Obama would “deputize and arm gang members such as the ‘Crips and the Bloods’ to keep order in American streets,” writes World Net Daily. Do his comments seem over-the-top?
“Remember my last book, ‘Stop the Coming Civil War’? Guess what. It started,” said Savage.
“Has there been a civil war? Yeah, it’s a slow-burning civil war. What do you think we are looking at here? It’s a race war. These are their shock troops, they don’t have the brown shirts yet, they don’t have the armbands, but soon Obama could deputize them. Isn’t that a natural army for him, Alex? Take the Crips and the Bloods, give them a green uniform and give them a weapon and they’ll keep order in the streets. Won’t they?”
WND claims that Savage’s ideas are not unlike that sparked by critics of then-candidate Obama’s plan, announced at a 2008 appearance in Colorado Springs, to create a “civilian national security force.”
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we set,” Obama said at the time. “We’ve got have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Savage told Jones that Obama has “the gangs on the streets on his side, he’s got them awakened, he’s got them armed – they’re armed to the teeth with illegal weapons.
“You’re going to see more race war right up until the Labor Day of 2016 for an obvious reason,” he said, referring to the presidential election.
Agreeing with Jones that Obama’s “agenda is succeeding,” Savage warned: “The guillotines are ready, the guillotines are ready and they are greasing the blades. How much more successful can they be? Internment camps? I mean, what is next with this group of maniacs?”
Savage said Americans “can’t count on the military to protect them from Obama because his administration has purged military leaders who were competent to do so,” writes WND.
“One general after the other was purged like Stalin purged them, only instead of shooting them first they smeared the generals,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s going to come down to the camps, the internment and the martial law,” Savage said, mercifully. “…I think it would upset the economy and the world.”
Is Michael Savage not kind and understanding?
He claimed that Obama won’t declare martial law or force people into internment camps “just yet” because “they’re going to take the street garbage and they’re going to take the illegal immigrants and they’re going to warp the entire election.”
Nice of Savage to refer to people as “street garbage.”
“He’s the smoothest conman America’s ever seen in the White House…He’s performing along the lines of any other ‘petty dictator,’” Savage said. “He is Al Sharpton with a ‘smoother act.’”
Are these statements by Michael Savage questionable?
By most measurements, Barack Obama has been a reasonable president – economic indicators have improved, and he has kept the country out of any big new wars. He is also working on a deal with Iran to keep nuclear weapons out of their hands, but some people believe the agreement between six countries and Iran actually GIVES Iran a nuclear weapon.
Former right-wing U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann went on an interview with Understanding The Times broadcaster Jan Markell this weekend, and said that people should “not despair but rejoice” that the world has reached the “midnight hour” and that “we in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the Rapture of the church.”
Companies who make generic drugs are not allowed to change their warning label if a new problem is found with the drug. However, brand-name drugs are required to change their warning label if a new problem is found with the drug, states Ring of Fire Radio.
The FDA was supposed to issue new rules last year to make generic drugs safer for consumers and change their regulations. However, so far, they’ve failed to take any action, which is leaving patients at risk and lets pharmaceutical companies go free.
Here, Farron Cousins discusses this with attorney Howard Nations.
Some Americans have a limitless capacity for exaggeration. Right-wing Conservative Christian radio commentator Rick Wiles compared America to East Germany and said he feared pastors would be locked up into captivity, tortured, and “taken away in the middle of the night.”
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh discussed the liberal outrage over Indiana and surmised that Democrats not only “hate Christianity,” but think that it’s “evil” and they’re waging a war on it right now.
Here, Secular Talk makes the point that some Democrats are Christians.