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Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

What is interesting about Vermont Watchdog is they have accurately reported on issues about renewable energy that the so-called mainstream media in Vermont is not covering at all, or very little. There is bias in much of Vermont media, and the failure to report on issues of concern to Vermonters is one way of showing bias. Watchdog's reporters are generally accurate, and if not, they quickly correct things. I'll offer a couple of examples of important news that only Watchdog has covered, and which the author of this column would never touch because of his well-known bias:
http://watchdog.org/238316/green-mogul-bla…
http://watchdog.org/290681/sheffield-wind-…

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Posted by A. Smith on 03/29/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Watchdog Whistle: This Vermont News Website Tilts to the Right

This is pretty amusing coming from someone who put out the left-wing version of Watchdog for years. I wonder if Walters felt duplicitous, hypocritical and sanctimonious while writing this, or if he's just too diluted and oblivious to notice the irony here.

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 03/29/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Thanks for pointing that out, @Jimshifty! It's now corrected.

Best,
Andrea

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 03/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"Meanwhile, Sanders spends a full hour every week on the nationally syndicated "Thom Hartmann Program."'
Wrong.
Bernie stopped being on the Hartmann show regularly about two years ago.
Totally understandable, as he is operating on a national/international stage. And we should be glad that he is.

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Posted by Jimshifty on 03/27/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Is there any chance local reporters could work on the story of Our Revolution?

It's a dark money org (something to which Sanders used to be adamantly opposed), and doesn't have to reveal its donors or the amounts donated. They said they would release this info, but I've seen no sign of it. I've tried to contact them but gotten no response.

Who is funding them? How much are they getting?

Transparency is needed.

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Posted by Ann Tucker-Gwinn on 03/26/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"He's got more important things to do."

Like what? Like doing his job in the U.S. Senate? He hasn't been doing that, either. The "more important things to do" that you seem to be referring to are: 1) continuing on his never-ending publicity hunt, and 2) constantly stoking the flames of his own cult of personality.

He was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate. That's his only job. He ran for that job. He's getting paid to do that job. He should do that job. Or quit and let someone else do it, if he'd rather spend his time on national TV magnifying his ego.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/25/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

This is such a non-issue. We're engaged in an all-out fight over the future of our country and the planet. And Bernie, one of the most popular and respected political figures in the country, continues to lead the charge. Oh, but he should come sit for an interview with you or Mark Johnson? He's got more important things to do.

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Posted by Bill Mitchell on 03/25/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Walters, don't ever stop writing. You are my only life-line in this smoke and mirrors political climate and we need you to keep this BLUE state grounded.

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Posted by Egreene on 03/24/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

@Written...Wow you'll believe anything won't you.. that story link was so full of it..ole lyin Janey did not inherit the family cabin..there is 4 other siblings ..it was left to ALL of them, she sold her share to them, Sanders has more then 3 homes..they did not trade the place in Maine to get the one in Grand Isle..Amazing how people will believe lies..and the Sanders are good about that..just ask the people who pledged money to the Burlington College, just to find out that she wrote the amounts higher then what they pledged.. Such honest Sanders..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/24/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I have to laugh when people refer to Bernie's "mansion" on the lake. I have neighbors in Burlington with pricier houses! He's lived a lot more modestly than most politicians. Why can't he have a home where he can relax with his wife, children and grandchildren? Look at the pictures before you judge too harshly. As "mansions" go, it's pretty cozy. More like a camp cabin on steroids. http://heavy.com/news/2016/08/bernie-sande…

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Posted by written on 03/24/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Er... Seven Day is the "state's largest newspaper"? I don't think so...

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Posted by Maura O'Neill on 03/24/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

This lack of access could blow up Bernie's image should it surface nationally. His staff better think twice about how they respond to requests from Bernie's Green Mothership.

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Posted by Kathy on 03/23/2017 at 8:21 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

He doesn't need us anymore, laments Mark Johnson.

That's right. He doesn't. Now that the Vermont Senate seat is his for life (thanks to his adoring sycophants in Vermont) the Dear Leader doesn't even have to pretend to care about Vermont anymore. Nevermind that he is the Senator of and from Vermont. Nevermind that he's not only too important to talk to the Vermont media, but that he's also too busy even to show up for his job in the Senate. Don't you get it? He's the Savior Of The World! It's ridiculous and selfish for you to expect him to deal with Vermont issues!

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 03/23/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Bernie is so done with VT.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/22/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

John Walters you hit the hammer right on the nails head..Bernie thinks he's a big shot , but he's a sell out..did he give back the donations from the supporters...nawww he had other uses for that money..not much of a Senator when he couldn't even vote on things, not much of a senator when you can't even return calls or even answer letters sent to him..He's never to busy to get on national TV and national newspapers..guess local news aren't big enough for him..He was HIRED to represent Vermont citizens..not to ignore us..after all we the taxpayers are the ones who pay him ..About his staff, rudest ever, I heard his family are still working for him..These Bernie lovers needs to wake up, Bernie only cares for himself..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/22/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Perhaps Bernie gets the feeling that the home folks know him a little too well. Maybe a little difficult to answer questions about EB5, Burlington College, mansion on the lake, etc. Why bother, he's way to important to deal with Vermonters now. Maybe he will be gone in another 4 years. The tide is turning.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 03/22/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

While I have no real idea why Bernie has blown off the Vermont Press Corps, the way Heinz, Walters, Craven and Lindholm have treated him in the past gives me an idea why he might want to avoid them.

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Posted by Sam Maverick on 03/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"Hey, Superman! Can you stop saving the world to answer some questions I already know the answers to?"

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Posted by The Oracle on 03/22/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

I voted for Bernie but don't think it is right for any politician to duck the media this way. It's arrogant and does a disservice to his constituents when Vermont journalists are shut out from questioning him. Even more disturbing to me is that his staff also shuts out the Vermont press. What's up with that? I have been vocal in criticizing Trump for his disdain for journalists but I never expected Bernie to be in the same camp.

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Posted by amajanne on 03/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

In response to RamblinRose- I don't think there's any question that the work he's doing on the national level is more important nor do I think Vermont's issues are more important. But I disagree with the notion that it is a waste of time to talk to your local news outlets. I don't think you read the article all the way because as Walters mentioned, Bernie's staff isn't even responding to emails from the press. Either hire more staff or make sure the ones you have are doing their jobs. And I think that until folks like you and I voice our concerns about this, things are unlikely to change.

43 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ryan on 03/22/2017 at 4:37 PM

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