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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Sanders on Moyers: BFFs? (VIDEO)

Sanders feels the love on Bill Moyers & Company.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is famously combative toward the media. That's mostly because we're shallow and dominated by our corporate overlords.

But Bernie clearly met his media soul-mate over the weekend. Vermont's june-yah senator (who turned 71 on Saturday) sat down with veteran broadcaster Bill Moyers on the latest iteration of his PBS show, "Bill Moyers & Company." And I don't think I've ever seen him so happy to be chatting with a journalist (see his ear-splitting grin at 2:47).

That might have something to do with Moyers' glowing introduction of Sanders, during which he said that the Democratic and Republican parties are "so self-absorbed and corrupted by money that neither seems willing or able to cope with reality or even to grasp what's happening to everyday Americans."

Now that's music to Bernie's ears!

"By their very nature, neither party's capable of providing the radical critique we need: a blunt, even brutal assessment of a political system so dysfunctional as to call into question the survival of democracy," Moyers continued. "For that we need independent voices and third parties. So here we go."

And then he told the story of Bernie's rise from Burlington City Hall to the U.S. Senate.

Here's all 29 minutes of the interview. It's worth watching. If you're into that kind of thing. 

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Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz is a staff writer and political editor for Seven Days. He wrote the "Fair Game" political column from May 2012 through December 2016.


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