Bernie’s AMAZING Plan To Save Journalism

Bernie’s AMAZING Plan To Save Journalism

>>It’s no surprise that traditional media
outlets, and I’m talking about media outlets, that do real journalism are facing a very
difficult media landscape. In fact, local news has been eaten up by this
giant media conglomerates, and that allows for corporate control. Corporate control of a few corporations over
all of our media. And it’s something that Bernie Sanders wrote
about in the Columbia Journalism Review. So in his piece, he not only sheds light on
this huge problem in journalism. But he also talks about what his solutions
would be as president. So here’s what he says. We are going to institute an immediate moratorium
on approving mergers of major media corporations until we can better understand the true effect
these transactions have on our democracy. He also writes, we will reverse the Trump
administration’s attempts to make corporate media mergers even more likely in the future. We are not going to rubber stamp proposals
like the new plan to merge CBS and Viacom into a $30 billion colossus. So there’s more. There’s so much that he wants to do, and there
are also details that he talks about the concerns he has about media that I wanna get into in
just a second. But has anyone, as a presidential candidate,
talked about media conglomerates? I don’t think I can think of a single person
other than this example from yesterday. Bernie Sanders saying that, hey, this is a
huge problem, this goes against our democratic process. We need an informed public, so we need to
actually focus on this issue.>>Yeah, the only other person, unsurprisingly,
in at least half of the context, is Elizabeth Warren. She talked about breaking up the big digital
companies like Facebook, Google, etc., which have gigantic digital media components. And Elizabeth Warren’s been plenty tough on
business interests overall. But yes, Ana, when you’re talking about the
media conglomerates from traditional media, Bernie Sanders is talking about it. And he’s doing it with nuance, and I wanna
dive into that a little bit. Because he says, look, 20,000 jobs have been
lost in traditional media over the last decade. Basically, 3,200 jobs have been lost the media
industry just in the last year alone, which is very significant. 1,400 communities have lost local newspapers,
nobody else is talking about these trends, okay? And they’re certainly at the presidential
level, and this allows people to consolidate power. And then, when few multi-billion dollar corporations
or normal saw the media, they control the message, they control the framing, and they
control so much more. He also criticizes the media for supporting
the status quo because of that and supporting corporate interests. Now, that’s usually verboten, not allowed. The rest of the media then come down on them
like a ton of bricks, and they did. They look at this proposal, and almost all
the write-ups are sneering. Even though he’s trying to help the media,
they’re like, no, you dare to criticize us from the left, which is totally unacceptable. From the right, you could bash us all day
long, make up conspiracy theories, threaten our lives, and we’ll cower to you. But from the left, if you have a legitimate
thoughtful critique, our feelings are hurt, and we’ll pretend that you’re against us. When if you read his real proposal, he’s actually
trying to save the media.>>Yeah, exactly. But I mean, look, I think it really does depend
who the commentary is coming from. So if the commentary is coming from independent
journalists or from individuals who worked in these local publications who lost their
jobs, my guess is these types of proposals appeal to them. But if you are given a multi-million dollar
contract to be a host on cable news, and your company falls under this giant media conglomerate,
yeah. I mean, you either love this, and you can’t
really say anything about it, or you hate it because it puts your financial future in
jeopardy, or your very lucrative financial future in jeopardy. So let me give you some more of what Bernie
Sanders wants to do. What Trump has done allows cross-ownership
of newspapers and television or radio stations. He’s also given the green light to owning
multiple stations in the same market. So in the beginning of Trump’s administration,
there was that big story about Sinclair broadcasting group and how they’re snatching up local stations
all over the country. And they’re really monopolizing the news and
the messaging that gets out there, so that’s one example of what Bernie Sanders is talking
about here. We will start requiring major media corporations
to disclose whether or not their corporate transactions and merger proposals will involve
significant journalism layoffs.>>They will.>>Yeah, and they do. Oftentimes they do, and we’ve seen that over
and over again. Employees must be given an option, I love
this part. Employees must be given an opportunity to
purchase media outlets through employee stock ownership plans and innovative business model
that was first pioneered in the newspaper industry. So oftentimes, the hardworking people behind
the success of these publications or these television stations, they don’t get paid enough. They don’t have benefits that would actually
appeal to any average person who needs healthcare or a retirement plan. And so he’s saying here, look, we need to
have the employees get a seat at the table, have some ownership of the company through
this stock options, and I love that. He’s all about looking out for employees. He also focused on the necessity of diversity
within this newsrooms, which I love. So he also says, additionally, we will pass
my Workplace Democracy Plan, which will boost media workers’ laudable efforts to form unions
and collectively bargain with their employers.>>Yeah, none of the bosses are gonna like
this. And so the more I read it, the more I thought,
man, he’s got a good shot of winning. And so, you know why? Actually, you do know why. But the guys on television, and by the way,
it’s not just television. I think so, the most egregious violators of
bias in the media is the New York Times, NPR, on and on it goes, okay? And their base assumption is this system is
awesome. Any challenge to this system and the bosses
who run it is unacceptable. And so, but the more they keep saying that,
like a Bernie Sanders would actually change the system, and he would give the workers’
rights, it’s outrageous. What people heard is, Bernie Sanders would
change the system, I really like that. Workers would have more raise. Wait, I’m a worker, yeah, tell me more.>>Yeah, there are more workers there.>>They’re accidentally doing advertising
for him. And they can’t see straight, cuz they’re like,
well, all the people in charge don’t like Bernie Sanders, so I’m just gonna keep repeating
that. Thank you.>>David Sirota, who is on Bernie Sanders’s
campaign team, had tweeted something about how he’s been rising in the polls despite
the very negative and hateful coverage toward him in the mainstream media. But I don’t think it’s despite. I think that their attacks on Bernie Sanders,
as you just mentioned right now, helps him.>>Yeah.>>Because it draws attention to these proposals
that people, average Americans. I’m not talking about executives’ love, right?>>Yeah, but look, guys. How many times have you heard me say on The
Young Turks? I mean, if you’re counting about a billion,
if you’re playing drinking games, you’re obliterated at this point. American voters do not like big business,
they don’t like big media, and they don’t like standard politicians. That’s based on the polling. All of them poll miserably, 30%, 20%, 10%. Congress once failed a 9%, maybe even 7% in
one poll. And everybody on TV tells you, Americans love
big business. Hey, that’s who creates the jobs, okay? And Americans love big media like me, right? Getting paid 10, $20 million a year. They love that, they love it. And when I support everybody who’s powerful,
they love that. And polished politicians who are constantly
changing their strategy with no principles at all, Americans love that. None of that is true, none of it is remotely
true. So what I’ve been saying and advising publicly,
progressive candidates, is run against that. If you bash those institutions, American people
will love you for it. Even though the media will yell at you, you
got to brace for impact. And you got to be able to say damn the torpedoes,
damn my colleagues. Cuz they’re gonna get their feelings hurt
first, and they’re gonna go rush out and be like, hey Bernie, come on. I take money from Comcast, are you saying
I’m corrupt? I’m your colleague, Bernie. Well, sad day for you, then don’t take money
from Comcast. And I’m moving on with my life. You got to have the nerve to say that, you
got to have the courage to say that. And then the media will all yell at you in
unison, and that’s a tough thing to deal with if you’ve never dealt with that. Luckily, I have. So I know how that feels. But you if you’re gonna run for president,
you’re gonna win. You got to do that. And now that Bernie has began to do that he
always had the right policies. But he wasn’t honest saying that, and you
heard me say this many times, back in 2016 and in the beginning of this campaign. He wasn’t being tough enough on the media
and his damned colleagues. And so, now that he’s taking a much more aggressive
stance, hey, look at that rise in the polls.>>Love it.


100 thoughts on “Bernie’s AMAZING Plan To Save Journalism”

  • The Young Turks says:

    To bring much needed focus to the pivotal issue of climate change, TYT is raising funds to host a Climate Change Town Hall.

  • There is one thing that no one is talking about that is going to be a major issue in the next five years. CBS and others are pushing their streaming services by making shows that will not be broadcast on TV. CBS started it with Star Trek a few years ago to push CBS All Access. As the various networks boost their streaming viewership they will slowly move TV shows to streaming only. Since people are used to streaming shows it may bypass local broadcast stations entirely which would kill local news affiliates.

  • Your Warren pushing has become totally disgusting: Bernie is the only candidate capable of dealing with our corporate overlords ! Trump broke Warren like a twig when she attempted to grandstand by claiming she is a native American.

  • The way to "save journalism" is to get rid of censorship and let everyone engage in it, as used to be possible on YouTube, not just those you deem to be "real." Maybe that's not AMAZING enough.

  • Forcing those F'n advertisements on us!!! Selling our names and info to third parties and making money off of it!!! What kind of shit is that???
    Greed, greed ,greed ! It's all about greedy ,dirty ,money hungry monsters!!!
    As it is, they are lying to us telling us things they call news! They are misleading us, and giving us a scenario according to what they are wanting to accomplish!!! These things should be against the law!!!
    True Journalism is based on facts, what is best for the people! Journalist , have a very important position, and role to perform! What is right, to inform and looking out for the American people! Bring out the corrupt, the evil, and the decievers!!!
    Listen to the speech Kennedy gave to Journalist back in 1963 or 64

  • In my heart of hearts, I hope this man makes it to The ballot Box so that he can make it to the oval office with Elizabeth Warren. It doesn't matter which one of them is President/vice-President just as long as they are both there at the same time, to finally bring about positive change for America that will ripple around the globe!

  • Watch Thom Harttman's piece on this and the time that Howard Dean was running for Pres. Back when he was supposedly a progressive and his run was destroyed over the screaming Howard Dean incident that after hearing Thom explain was completely exaggerated and purposely focused on by the mainstream media just a very short time after Dean layed out a proposal that was a bit similar to what Bernie is shining a light on. The difference today rather than back in the 90's, is that the voters and the American people can't stand the large media conglomerates. It can benefit a politician today where it might not have back then. Thom made a point that the danger for Bernie is that the media will play very dirty and its dangerous yet bold on Bernie's part to publicize what the media would perceive as war and try to ruin him. I love that Bernie is unafraid in the way FDR was. Its a different time now though. The media didn't have power back in the days of the FDR admin. I'm with BernieπŸ’―

  • TYT is right that this is an important issue. An informed public is a required component of a healthy democracy. Our current media landscape is not an ideal way to give the public answers they need, particularly for political elections. It creates an environment that is easily exploited by those in charge of media corporations, therefore an inherent potential threat on the chain of information for these elections. Therefore, media should have atleast some government oversight. Perhaps in the future, news stations will be public buildings similar to police stations or hospitals.

  • Charles Jordan says:

    Special invitation to Pennsylvania, and Farmers, come over to the right side. Elect Bernie Sanders as your president in 2020. He may not have a cure all, but he will bring a balance, just what we need. Youth Black & Brown people take this chance and make the right decision and vote for Bernie Sanders. He has a heart of a lion, and he has true conviction. He for the people. Wake up it's your time to shine.


  • Watch the MSM start a new narrative that goes something like this: "Bernie's all over the place. He doesn't have any focus on a realistic executable plan. He's just promising everything to everyone!"

  • Wait…. so we've lost all these "real journalists" – my question: where did they go? To online platforms where they could do what they know???

    Seems interesting that all these journalists lose their jobs and disperse into the workforce, and suddenly we have this influx of independent journalists that SUCK and can't do their job.

    Anyone else seeing 2 + 2 here??? Kinda seems like all these journalists couldn't really do their job in the first place, can't do it in the second place…. good riddance.

  • As a 30 year old Canadian man, it's really great to see an 80 year old American man not only understand the background noise of business but to run for his country's president on a platform to get his nose in the middle of it? I hope history writes about Bernie as they wrote about Mandella, Gandhi, MLK Jr. and others who will always stand the test of time. What our "right" has done to deter our path of progression is a shame on our species' documentation of history. As the next generation of people get ready to take the Senate and House of the world's power and leader in military AND the free world, it's fitting that the old generation of industrial revolution pass the torch. I'd rather it be a man that shares generation X's/1980s babies majority vision of unity and prosperity (arguably the vision of socialism) than a man who's majority shared vision of the 1940's babies being of division and hate (arguably the consequence of capitalism).

    Imo, of course.

  • emjackson81989 says:

    In addition to combating media conglomerates, I would fight against news outlets like Fox News that regularly stretch the facts and heavily editorialize their stories: News is supposed to be about giving factual information and letting viewers make up their minds. If every hour of what you do is almost purely editorials, you really shouldn't be allowed at a press conference: You're not seeking facts, you're chasing the next soundbite to spin a story.

  • Alberto Acosta says:

    Whoever controls the media controls the agenda, but when people catch on to the lies and money doesn’t come in you need someone to bail them to tax the working people to keep dead income revenue sources like journalism alive to spit out lies of course Bernie Sanders the socialist nut

  • Patrick Horgan says:

    Isn't it interesting how NPR and PBS moved their coverage toward being more favorable to corporate interests as Congress cut their funding more and more. Hmmmm. A mystery.

  • Yes President Bernie Sanders!! πŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™ This is his time!! BERN

  • No body else talking about this?!!!
    Not even Yang?!!!!!!
    Did you check Yang's policy on journalism that's more than a year old?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bernie used to write for magazines, he wrote articles saying women loved to be raped, its documented look it up, maybe that's why many of his female employees have been paid much less than the men and Bernie allowed them to be sexually harassed on the job, it's all true look it up.Bernie also dumped his pregnant girlfriend Susan Mott and she ended up living on welfare nearly homeless with Bernie abandoning them.Its all true look it up.

  • What would be amazing if this old decrepit angry commie fart, crazy Bernie, can muster enough brain cells to not show off his senility. The old walking fossil already has one foot in the grave, and could easily play a corpse zombie at Halloween without any make up. He's a joke of a candidate!

  • Corporations own every politician other than the ones actively trying to limit their power. There are no republicans and democrats, there are real people, and corporate shills. Stop shopping at Amazon, stop shopping at Walmart, start planning on a world without electricity and supermarkets because they will continue to hold our economy hostage until it’s gone. Sanders, Warren, or Trump 2020

  • The Young Turks’ Hasan Piker Says β€˜America Deserved 9/11’, Mocks Dan Crenshaw’s War Injury: β€˜Brave Soldier F***ed His Eye Hole’

  • The irony of TYT talking about media conglomerates eating smaller news sites is INSANE. I can’t handle this video. Bye

  • Jonathan Leach says:

    This guy will be 79 on election day, would he survive a single term? If you dems are gonna force this socalist bullshit on us, could you at least nominate someone younger? Bernie will be dead by 2020, comrades.

  • I think we need diversity of Zionists stances, both pro and anti-Zionists, that is one of the most important types of diversity. Also the "white" people should be a highly diverse set of different "white races" with a diversity of different religions and genders and races. We need conservative, liberal and progressive diversity. We definitely need a diversity of social economic classes. What we don't need is a diversity of ability. No group should be represented by an idiot who can't represent them.

  • Nighty Night Feel the burn in his shorts Sanders AKA Ebenezer Scrooge it's time to retire and take a permanent nap good night.

  • TYT is psyched that Bernie wants the government to take over the media. What happens when Bernie's gone though? Are Ana and Cenk really ready to give up making millions every year? Of course they aren't.

  • nancy strickland says:


  • You guys really need to come out and make it clear that BERNIE is the one we need to back, not Liz Warren. Only Bernie will fight his own party to accomplish tough legislation like GND, M4A, Campaign finance reform, etc.

  • TYT has donation from the DNC………so it clearly explains why they are so biased to Bernie or Warren….when clearly Tulsi Gabbard is better candidate that tackles issue with real facts and the truth. Warren and Bernie are way out in left field just feeding their flock with what they want to hear but will never deliver these promises if elected.

  • Matthew Madruga says:

    unless its shutting down all cable and internet news, it will be a couple hundred years before its actual news, if he can even get it that way.

  • Sanders has been in congress for decades. He doesn’t know what all the media,bank and service industry mergers have done by now?!Ask him who his VP choice will be so he can burst your bubble.

  • 🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁BERNIE SAYS HE ISN’T WHITE …AND THEN HE TREATS THE STAFF AT JOES LIKE SLAVES..🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁🐁

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  • Oligarchs HaveControl says:

    "There is no such thing, at this date in the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinion to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. You know it and I know it. And what folly is this – toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
    John Swinton New York Times – New York Press Club

  • William Bunting says:

    Go Bernie! A true civic mind. In Australia we saw this distortion building over decades. Australia apologises for foisting Rupert Murdoch upon the world.

  • Know one talks major media because know one cares to hear their bias views anymore. Local media isn’t needed with social media pendants that make more by themselves than they did working for someone and what used to be multi billion dollars media companies are needed either because of their own doings. We don’t want a media bailout.

  • What a silly idea. Only old farts and/or ignoramuses watch major media sources for their news. Truly informed people get almost all their news from the internet…that falls under 'well duh', IMO. So who cares if they merge?
    There is nothing wrong with them merging…nothing.
    Another Bernie Sanders Big-Government-Always-Knows-Best idea…even though he had admitted that government is corrupt.

  • Henry Townshed says:

    I don't care if fake news actors like yourself lose your jobs you deserve it, journalist are proven Liars. They have no credibility

  • Hannah Cochran says:

    Thanks for supporting Bernie. It’s odd when shows that claim to appreciate Bernie turn around and make fun of how old he is. Wonder what that’s about? For example, the Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, etc. I wonder if their big bosses are pressuring them to mock him so people don’t take him seriously? I like these shows, they are often funny and enlightening, but I don’t like this about them. Great video! πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Jason Faulkner says:

    Established power doesn't like Bernie because he promises change, and they believe him. Changes to the rules of the game we all play. Anyone who is currently winning under the current rules probably doesn't want them changing mid-victory. Thats just one reason why Big Media doesn't like Sanders. He will make elections less lucrative.

  • When the "Republican Supreme Court" decided that corporations were individuals and gave them the same rights as American citizens, it allowed News Agencies like Fox, that are owned by corporations. to "Lie" at will! That's the only reason Fox can Lie, "to the American people," without consequences! Citizens are allowed to lie because the first amendment protect them! It's considered free speech! That's why the Republican Supreme court made that decision, to help the republican party! The only way the republicans can win election is to lie to the American people!

  • In the UK we already have a very powerful competition authority, they stopped the Murdoch’s taking over Sky News and it has stopped loads of harmful mergers. However, now that UK Conservative’ have started to put pressure on it, corporations now have more power than ever. We need our own Bernie!

  • Carol 70-year-old English NATIONALIST says:

    No fact-checking there then! leftist media are just liars, they constantly calling for harm to republicans and if their ilk takes the white house, the EU, look to "Chinese social credit score," (youtube) coming to a place near you very soon after their election.

    Their words are already a part of the Chinese dictators rhetoric except they don't as yet call for violence to those that don't have right think!

    Remember Trudeau, Macron, Sanders, Corbyn, Merkel loves the way China treats its people, loves the way the power is in the hands of the few with no chance for the plebs.

  • I think this will be a well meaning but strategically wrong policy.
    It is the traditional media (FOX,CNN, NYT..) that has been doing propaganda for the last 40 years.
    This will affect digital/alternative media the most.
    Imagine if YouTube decides to reduce monetisation because of a Bernie tax,
    do you really think this will help digital media including TYT here to grow?
    Employee buyout of newspapers is kinda useless.
    Billionaires can buy a newspaper at any price they want.

  • Why can't these media moguls simply respect the sanctity and maintain the integrity of journalism? They seem to have great difficulty doing that. This is a public service that is constantly abused by various levels of bias & prejudice and they annoyingly try to pass it off as "fair & balanced" news. I definitely support Bernie with this push to bring back the sanctity and the true unbiased integrity that's SUPPOSE to be in media journalism. The dismantling of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and re-regulation must be done.

  • Burn all the fuckers,esp the jerk offs to the ground and start over with real journalist not the puppets and liars that pollute the airwaves and print media. 99% of today's shit for brains journalists should be shot on site for their bullshit lies and stupidity.

  • William Johnson says:

    Tyt isn't journalism you are propaganda. For you tyt zombies I don't just get my new only from fox you simpletons.

  • Worker ownership of the means of production? Oh, by god, don't mind me Cenk, I'm just some centrist right winger who would absolutely love to support you guys if you went even further!
    Crony Capitalism Bad! Let's do the honorable, reasonable middle of the road option and just expropriate all ill-gotten corporate gains in the last 500 years and we'll be all set on the road for Real American Centrism!

  • I don't think anything's wrong with choosing your side, and hearing your own sentiments echoed but FOX has taken that too far, ignoring facts for fiction and espousing racist views. Something has to be the big equalizer, promoting facts above opinion, and that's every big news outlet but FOX. The Internet has created types of competition never imagined 30 years ago, when local news was controlled by two white guys in an a crappy little office. It wasn't like there was a plethora of well paying jobs then. The starting pay was nothing, or next to nothing, and still is, unless you get a degree from Columbia.Then you'll earn something. Not as much as they tend to want.

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