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July 8 - CNN aired the second installment of Chris Cuomo’s one-on-one chat with Joe Biden, except this time it was one-on-two. Biden’s wife Jill was included this time. The family man treatment served to suggest a subconscious credence to CNN’s narrative of Biden being the presumptive nominee. It was as if we had been invited round to have coffee with Joe and Jill - it would be rude of us to expect him to have to explain his policies for 2020 or his history of lies (e.g. about having marched on Washington) plagiarism (which forced him to drop out of a previous presidential race) and racism, wouldn’t it?

We didn’t have to worry though because Jill reassured us that Joe is not a racist. Chris Cuomo breathed a sigh of relief; the social tension subsided - Chris could press ahead with the propaganda that Joe’s weak performance in the first debate would not do lasting damage to his campaign.

He decided not to ask Jill why her husband had just weeks ago reversed his position on the Hyde amendment which prevented federal funds from being used to perform abortions thereby penalizing women of color (who most needed federal help). Most of his career (Catholic) Joe supported a racist amendment on abortion but now while running for President for the third time he decides to change his view.

To be fair, perhaps the context between then and now has changed - perhaps it was ok to be racist then but people won’t accept it now. After all, as Joe pointed out regarding his recent (apparently Trump-like dog-whistle) remarks about segregationist senators, in the context of back in the 70’s it was ok to be racist: you could get away with it as a politician - it’s just that people nowadays don’t understand that context.

Joe also talked about wanting to find a cure for cancer (as presumably most people would like to do). “It’s doable”. When it’s done, people will still have to find a way to pay for it under Joe’s health-care plan- the affordable care act plus a public option. (“If people want to buy into Medicare for all, they can” he confusedly claimed).

People nowadays may forget that Obama in 2008 campaigned for universal health care (of a kind similar to what Bernie proposed in 2016 and for 2020). After Obama became President he theoretically could have delivered such health care when Democrats had control of house and senate (ignoring the fact that senators wouldn’t vote for it because of their money ties to private health insurance donors etc.) Instead, he delivered the Republican ‘Romney care’. Yet Biden touts ACA - an essentially Republican idea, as if it were the crowning achievement of Obama’s Democratic presidential tenure. This says a lot about Joe Biden and Obama - they were/are essentially Republicans.

The missing ingredient that Obama lacked but that Bernie has is a grassroots movement of millions of people who will demand that elected officials vote for Medicare for all. Joe Biden is a sad caricature of an anachronism - the only thing he has going for him is the main stream media propaganda effort to prop him up.

When do the other 19 Democratic candidates get their CNN special with Chris Cuomo to explain their policies in more detail and respond to criticisms they have received in the media?

PS

July 10

Erin Burnett interviews corporate zombie Paul Begala and a progressive African American woman (will update her name when I find it) about Kamala Harris trying to associate herself with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a bit lit like Ivanka Trump trying to insinuate herself into discussions between world leaders (G20 summit) when she has no place being there). Kamala Harris is not a progressive.

The segment was framed in terms of whether Harris was being strategically wise in associating with the ‘far left’. Usual CNN propaganda ensued - how are you going to pay for Medicare for all? No mention was made by Erin that Medicare For All actually is less expensive than the current system, all other industrialized countries round the world have it etc. Zombie Begala supported Biden’s claim that AOC is very talented etc. but people who like their private insurance should be allowed to keep it and others should be allowed a public option.

No mention was made that under Medicare for all, everyone will keep the same doctors they like. People like their doctors not their insurance companies! Employers would no longer have the burden of paying their employees’ health insurance. Nothing changes under Medicare for all except you pay a bit more tax but have no monthly premiums, leaving you better off financially and medically.

CNN propaganda as usual.