Bernie Sanders Blasts Reporter for Asking Him Ridiculous Question About Hillary Clinton

bernie-sanders-madI’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like Bernie Sanders. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to like both Clinton and Sanders. I am not ashamed to admit that my main goal is to make sure Republicans don’t win in 2016.


Unfortunately, there are far too many irrational people out there who seem to believe you can only like one or the other. And make no mistake about it, if Republicans win in 2016 – those “all or nothing” liberals are going to be the ones to blame.

That being said, one of the things I like about Sanders is he’s no-nonsense – though that can also become a negative from time to time. That’s part of the reason why I have my doubts about how effective he can ultimately be as president, and why I believe he’s much better suited for the Senate.

Well, during an interview with New York Times Magazine, the Democratic presidential nominee absolutely blasted a reporter for asking him a rather pointless question about Hillary Clinton’s hair:

Cox: Do you think it’s fair that Hillary’s hair gets a lot more scrutiny than yours does?

Sanders: Hillary’s hair gets more scrutiny than my hair?

Cox: Yeah.

Sanders: Is that what you’re asking?

Cox: Yeah.

Sanders: O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?

Cox: I can defend that as a serious question. There is a gendered reason…

Sanders: When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem. We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.

And he’s absolutely right. It’s sad to see what constitutes “newsworthy” nowadays in the media. Though, to be fair, that’s not completely the media’s fault. Generally they give their viewers what they want. Based on ratings, website traffic and article clicks – ridiculous questions such as the one Cox asked obviously get a fairly decent amount of attention.


It’s like I’ve said before, as a society we can complain about the decline of our news (complaints that are absolutely valid), but we really only have ourselves to blame. Cable news is, for better or worse, a business that’s mostly based off advertising revenue. Obviously that revenue is directly related to what we, the “viewers,” tell these various media entities we want to see via television ratings and the types of articles we click on to read most often.

If you doubt me, look no further than The Huffington Post or Buzzfeed and their seemingly endless streams of stories that are 100 percent “clickbait” and absolutely pointless. Sure, these sites put out quality content as well, but when you churn out thousands of stories (many of which are rehosted from other news outlets) there’s bound to be decent and worthwhile stuff hidden throughout the sea of trash.

While the NYT Magazine reporter tried to claim the question was valid based on sexism toward Clinton (which can be said about female politicians in general), the question in and of itself was pointless to ask someone like Sanders. If you want to ask these types of questions, confront those showing sexism toward Clinton. Otherwise, when you mention it during an interview with an individual like Sanders, who has nothing to do with the sexist attacks many female politicians endure about their looks, all you’re really doing is trying to get some sort of soundbite hoping to – say it with me – generate revenue and article clicks.

But I would like to commend Bernie Sanders for not taking the bait and for calling out this reporter’s really idiotic question.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Dennis

    Bernie doesn’t want to talk about Hillary, period. She’s being investigated by the FBI, and he won’t talk about it. It makes you wonder if he’s really running for president or just trying to promote a message.

    The hair question was a fair one. Hillary talks about her hair, and she talks about Trump’s hair, and the media and her supporters think that’s cute of Hillary. The media still treats Bernie as an also-ran.

    • grumpydog

      Why should he talk about this issue? Clinton is being investigated by the FBI. This is not a Sanders issue. He is running his campaign based on how he believes he country should be. The media, and their minions, only want candidates to trash talk, insult, and lie, which increases the medias following and ad revenue.
      We should elect candidates based on their qualifications as the best for the job. Instead, we have started electing those who are not quite as worthless as the others.
      Wake up America.

    • Brian

      The hair question was not a fair one, you idiot. It’s a presidential race. Her fucking hair and his are not an issue. No one with two brain cells to rub together cares about their hair. Can we have an election that isn’t a damned popularity contest and honestly and objectively compare ideas instead? Oh wait, this is America, where the average person is so braindead and complacent, they’ll vote for whomever they think is better looking.

    • Darcie Ley

      Any question could be considered “a fair one” but that doesn’t mean you need to blurt them out with no filter. And because Clinton has talked about her hair doesn’t mean it’s fair game for the whole world to cling to and think they’re a clever and smart reporter. People go to these rallys to listen to a candidate they like – some missing a day of work. They didn’t show up to listen to candidates waste their time having to deal with reporters wasting everyone’s time.

  • grumpydog

    Hair? Really? This is what journalism has become. Is this a campaign for the presidency, or a flipping beauty contest?

  • poliltimmy

    And make no mistake about it, if Republicans win in 2016 – those “all or nothing” liberals are going to be the ones to blame.

    Read more at: https://www.forwardprogressives.com/bernie-sanders-blasts-reporter-asking-ridiculous-question-hillary-clinton/

  • poliltimmy

    And make no mistake about it, if Republicans win in 2016 – those “all or nothing” liberals are going to be the ones to blame.

    No it is hilary and her minions sense entitlement causing the rift.

    • Jillz

      So, if Clinton wins the primary and becomes the Democrat candidate, are you going to vote for her?

      Clinton supporters need to stop attacking Sanders supporters; and Sanders supporters need to stop attacking Clinton supporters. The only thing this divide is doing is giving Republicans negative talking points to spew about the eventual Democrat candidate in the general election.

      With the game already rigged by Republicans, the only way to keep them out of the White House is for Democrats to unite. Save the fighting for Republicans, not each other.

      • poliltimmy

        When you right of center Democrats[sic] move back home, we can talk.

      • Jillz

        That answers my questions and implies you are one of the “all or nothing” liberals mentioned in the article. So go for it – keep up the in-fighting and get ready to welcome President Walker!

        PS Did I spell “Democrat” wrong or something? What’s with the “[sic]”?

      • poliltimmy

        The infighting was started when you asked us to accept yet another corporate lap dog. And her ‘safe’ non-answers to questions, was all I needed to hear. She had no answers until Bernie did. Then she basically parroted him, in the hopes we would be fooled, Obama style. Sorry you guys over played your hand, delivered next to nothing, social wise except a big give away to insurance. You guys want to force us to vote against our conscience. And then blame us for not wanting the status quo.

      • Jillz

        Wow! I didn’t ask you anything other than are you going to vote Democrat if HIllary wins the nomination. In other words, are you one of those willing to hand the White House to a Republican in 2016 if Sanders is not the Democrat candidate?

        The rest of your post is pure gibberish to me since I already support Sanders for President, who I believe to be in the best interest of the USA and for the world.

      • poliltimmy

        I will not vote for her! Ever for any reason. To say I should compromise my principles and vote for her simply because she claims a (D) next to her name is crazy. I did that with Obama. I won’t do it again. The problem lies with those willing to believe they will not be duped again by a corporate backed candidate.

      • John

        Not voting at all is a vote for the Republicans. If you can truly say that you’d prefer President Trump or President Walker over Clinton, I question whether you are actually a liberal.

        I too want Sanders to win, but I realize that if Clinton wins the nomination, she is better than the alternative.

      • Old Man

        Trump, Walker, Clinton, what’s the difference?

      • Jillz

        No, sorry. The problem lies more with the “all or nothing” liberals who don’t seem to understand that even on her WORST day, Clinton is better suited and a better choice than all of the Republican candidates put together on their best day.

        You are exactly who the author of this article is referring to with the phrase, “all or nothing” liberals. You would rather hand the country over to the fascist right than vote for a Democrat candidate you don’t like.

      • poliltimmy

        It was not a republican that insisted on indefinite detention for American citizens be the NDAA. It is not a republican pushing TPP. I support ALL of The Bill Rights. Both party are attacking them. I believe the home owners deserved the bailout. Not the banks that back Hilary. You would rather continue the fascist slide by electing a candidate married financially to banks and big business. What is the definition of fascist now that you brought it up?

      • Jillz

        You continue to imply that Clinton is as bad as any of the Republicans, and she’s not – no one could be. She’s not perfect, no argument, but she is better than ANY of the Republican candidates.

        You go ahead and vote Republican or not vote at all (which is the same thing). Good luck!

      • GL

        Then you’re letting Walker, Trump, or Cruz win. It’s as simple as that. We have to vote for the Democrat, or the (R)egressives will lead this country down the road to Theocratic Plutocracy.

      • Old Man

        Shillary is as regressive as any other republican.

      • Jeffrey Dumaine

        GOP troll.

      • poliltimmy

        So if you do not trust some one enough to give them power over you, you are a troll?

      • Old Man

        Oh, so someone doesn’t agree with your support of a republican so you call them a republican. Can you see how stupid you look? Reading you Shillary supporters is like watching people pissing themselves and you don’t even know it.

      • Mike Crowder

        If you are saying that given a choice between (A) whatever you think of Hillary and (B) whoever wins the clown-show on the Republican side… you’re willing to accept the clown that will systematically dismantle our way of life in favor of a theocracy … out of some misguided show of principle?

        If so … you’re what’s wrong with this country.

      • poliltimmy

        What is wrong with America is Americans they think corporate backed millionaires actually care about them.

      • Darcie Ley

        Another vote for the Republican ticket.

      • Jeffrey Dumaine

        So what is your answer? Oh right, you don’t have one.

      • Darcie Ley

        Oh God, I’m from WI. Don’t even joke about that. He’s destroyed us. I can’t fathom what he’d do to America.

      • Old Man

        No. I’ll be 62 years old. I was in the first group of 18-year-olds to vote but if Hillary is the nominee, I stay home. I don’t vote for republicans.

      • Darcie Ley

        Then your vote goes to the running Republican. Real smart thinking, Old Man.

    • Jeffrey Dumaine

      So how does that statement NOT make you an all or nothing voter? If Hillary wins the primary, will you vote for her?

      • poliltimmy

        I did not say it did. I said the blame is misplaced. and no I will not. Whether people like it or not.

      • poppaDavid

        Describe what you want in a President and work for someone who has those attributes. Work for the candidate(s) who can deliver the most of your preferences.
        Don’t demean others who offer less than the optimum if that means that the Presidency goes to real losers.
        Win, lose or draw, Bernie will drive the conversation in the direction that it needs to go, raising issues that need to be resolved. Encourage goal-oriented campaigning and let the GOP roll around in their mire.
        If the Republicans win the Presidency it isn’t because of “all or nothing Liberals”. It will be because we haven’t gotten through to the 90%. Being positive and on message is part of getting through.

      • Old Man

        No. I don’t vote for republicans. Made that mistake with Obama.

  • MacDoodle

    Hillary is likely going to prison so we probably wont be seeing much of her hair in the coming years.

    • poppaDavid

      If Bush and Cheney are still walking free, Clinton has nothing to fear.

  • Flat Banana

    Allen doesn’t have much credibility when his first sentence begins with “I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter”.

    • Jen

      Why does being honest about his support for Hillary Clinton reduce Alan Clifton’s credibility? He has openly admitted that he is a Clinton supporter, since before she announced her candidacy. He has also stated, that if another Democrat wins the nomination, he will vote for that person in the General election. I would call that transparency, not lack of credibility – openly admitting his own bias.

    • John

      I don’t see anything wrong with that. I would prefer Sanders but I’ll vote for Clinton in a heartbeat over any of the Republicans.

      • MacDoodle

        Clinton is a criminal and a liar.The fact that she is a democrat and female should not make up for that.

      • Rosa Lee

        Just like the president is a criminal and a liar? That is your opinion and even though you believe it…that does not make it true. How about waiting until some evidence of wrongdoing is found…or charges are filed…or there is a conviction before calling her a criminal. Hasn’t happened!!

      • noah vail

        repubtards don’t need (or accept) evidence that contradicts their position…if it doesn’t agree with them they discount it as “liberal” because they can’t ever be mistaken about anything

      • Darcie Ley

        How much time do you have to go over all of your candidates and their crimes and lies?? I’d venture to believe you have A LOT more dirty laundry on your side of the aisle.

      • Jeffrey Dumaine

        Really? When and where was she accused, let alone convicted of anything? Other than in tbe court of GOP smear tactics?

      • Darcie Ley

        You kind of sound like you’re settling.

      • Jeffrey Dumaine

        No, he is as Allen stated planni g to insure the GOP does NOT win the Whitehouse.

    • Jeffrey Dumaine

      And you forfeit yours by pointing that out.

  • Cemetery Girl

    If worded differently I think the question could have been a genuine question regarding Sanders thoughts on female politicians having to seriously consider their appearance in campaigning while generally men do not. It wouldn’t have changed Sanders’ response though. We lose sight of the message and potential solutions by focusing on irrelevant matters.

    • Jeffrey Dumaine

      But it wasn’t, thereby relegating it to the garbage bin.

  • XaurreauX

    One thing is for sure: it will be the “all or nothing” liberals who stay at home on election day who will be responsible for the appointment of Supreme Court justices from out of the Spanish Inquisition. As during the Reagan debacle, the shameful, inexcusable George W. Bush atrocity and the disastrous mid-term elections during the Obama administration, their self-centered hauteur will result in more poverty, more corruption, more anti-science and generally backward, reactionary thinking resulting in more pain for the poor, minorities and the end of the middle class.

  • Justin Peevey

    Am I the only person who gets that the question itself is criticizing the media being fixated on superficial aspects of women? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

  • csbrudy

    The focus on fluff is not the media’s fault? Because they give their audiences what the audience wants?
    The focus on fluff is because the owners of the media want people to forget the reality of steadily eroding middle class standards of living.
    It is the same reason there is nothing but People Magazine clones in the supermarket check out line: The ownership class wants the working class to be dumbed down as much as possible. Hence, questions about hair and inconsequential email accounts.

  • Old Man

    Allen Clifton: If you support Hillary the republican, you suck ass. Got it?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      up your meds little fella. Your neighbors are worried about you.

  • Terri

    Just no. I’m a huge Sanders supporter, but he totally missed the boat here, and so has almost everyone else. This question was not about HAIR. It was about SEXISM. Since Sanders clearly didn’t get that at first, she spelled it out for him. He did what nearly every other politician ever does — he misconstrued her question about *sexism* and dismissed it, adding in a healthy dose of shaming and scolding for the reporter who dared bring up sexism to him.

    Women are used to this. Being misconstrued and dismissed, that’s what happens most of the time. But what a disappointment to have it happen with Bernie Sanders. Sexism is not a serious issue to him, apparently. His record says otherwise, which is why it was such a shock and disappointment to see him throw a questioner under the bus for bringing up sexism. It is a big issue, a serious issue — it is our *lives.*

    A huge, huge missed opportunity for Sanders. And nearly everyone else has missed it along with him. Because screw women — it’s just sexism.