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Tuesday June 25 2019

Chris Cuomo began his show with the usual let’s get after it. Next was a segment billed as a precursor to the first set of Democratic Primary debates, on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June on CNN. Invited guests were Nina Turner (from Bernie’s 2020 campaign, previously denied the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016) and former Governor of Pennsylvania and ex DNC Ed Rendell.

Cuomo began by asking Nina Turner what Bernie Sanders needed to say on the debate stage. Ed Rendell was asked about Joe Biden. Turner stressed Bernie’s courage and wisdom. Rendell rather weakly suggested that the Democratic Party was neither left nor socialist (despite the majority of elected officials in both the Democratic and Republican Party being in favor of Medicare for all, not to mention the majority of voters). The topic then turned to immigration. Cuomo suggested that Bernie was not passionate about this issue - forcefully rebutted by Turner.

Then, bizarrely, instead of allowing the brief exchange between Turner and Rendell to finish, the segment was interrupted by going to Manu Raju to tell us that Robert Mueller was to testify to Congress in public on July 17. After this was hyped up, Cuomo briefly went back to Turner and Rendell, claiming ridiculously that he knew they wanted to hear the breaking news about Mueller.

Perhaps (somewhat floundering) conservative Ed Rendell was glad of the interruption but progressive Nina Turner (yet again) was disrespected by the corporate media wing of the DNC and was prevented from fully making the case for Bernie.

There was no need to cut into the brief exchange between Turner and Rendell - the only reason to do so is seemingly propagandist. Even Rachel Maddow, on air on MSNBC simultaneously with Cuomo on CNN, did not mention the breaking Mueller story until she had finished the segment she had been doing, maybe fifteen minutes after Cuomo. Mentioning Mueller reminds viewers of the idea that Russia meddled in the 2016 election - Hillary might have won if not for that. In which case, Biden then has something to talk about on Thursday, given his complete lack of policy and train-wreck of a campaign thus far.

In reality, Russian interference in American ‘democracy’ in 2016 was negligible compared to the influence of campaign financing in which (due to Citizens United) wealthy corporate groups can donate unlimited amounts of money to the campaigns of their preferred politicians in order to buy elections. CNN contributes to such anti-Democratic practice far more than Russia, and Joe Biden’s campaign depends on big money donors and being held together by Chris Cuomo and his ilk in the main stream media.