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During the last democratic presidential primary debate, which was moderated by CNN, the “most trusted name in news” did the opposite of what their slogan states.

The CNN moderator had asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “CNN reported yesterday, and Sen. (Elizabeth) Warren confirmed in a statement that in 2018 you told her that you did not believe a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?”

The back-and-forth spat, instigated by CNN, gives President Donald Trump’s abhorrent assertions about the news media being “fake news” some truth but also diminishes the fight against sexism, even if it is in the slightest way.

Not only is was that question absurd and a clearly biased one directed at Sanders but also one that has almost zero proof to back it up. The CNN “report” named four anonymous sources who were “familiar” with the discussion.

Yet, only Sanders and Warren were in the room together and there is no recording of the conversation.

It’s moments like these where people begin to realize the bias that the corporate news media garners toward candidates such as Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

To reiterate the previous point, it gives Trump more ammo to use as he continues to disparage news outlets.

For those who think that Sanders, a person who has proven to be authentic and honest, who has fought sexism and racism in all its forms since he was a young man would say that to Warren, then they need to do some research and reflect back on their judgements.

Warren, on the other hand, was a registered Republican up until 1995. Lest we forget, she was criticized by the Cherokee Nation for her use of DNA testing to determine her Native American heritage and she was heavily criticized by both sides of the political aisle.

A Harvard Law School spokesperson even described her a “minority-professor.”

The issue of sexism in our country should never be dismissed nor taken lightly. Sexism has and still does play an important factor in most parts of our society and who our elected leaders are. It’s a shame that CNN and Warren would accuse Sanders of such a disgusting thing.

One obvious explanation for the Warren campaign to make such an allegation would be her dropping poll numbers which coincide with the rise in Sanders’ poll numbers.

Or it could be in response to the Sanders’ campaign releasing negative ads about Warren in Iowa.

They’re politicians and that is what politicians do. The Warren campaign is simply resorting to nastier tactics.

To play devil’s advocate, perhaps Sanders did say something about a woman having difficulty defeating Trump in general election. Not a sexist comment but rather stating the difficulties a woman candidate would face in November compared to a male candidate.

It’s clear that Trump will use sexism to his advantage in November and the sad reality is that a woman would have a harder time beating Trump because of his talent at manipulating almost any narrative to bolster his presidency.

If progressives want to win the White House, it would behoove them to not tear one another down with unsubstantiated accusations and insults; it simply adds the Twitter king’s arsenal.

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a News Reporter and Columnist for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough


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