Right now, there are a lot of my fellow Bernie Sanders supporters who are outraged that the DNC temporarily suspended his campaign’s access to their voter database. Based on what we have heard, some campaign staffers may have taken advantage of a lapse in the firewall to view information that they shouldn’t have.
The story has blown up online since Friday, and there are petitions calling for the resignation of the DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Some blogger sites like Groopspeak or Winning Democrats have run headlines falsely claiming the DNC has suspended his campaign, and other people have claimed that this is a conspiracy by Hillary Clinton to push Bernie Sanders out of the race.
Unfortunately, many liberals are basing their information and opinions on random websites that are trying to capitalize on outrage, rather than applying critical thinking and logic to the story. Many of these organizations seem to see liberal politics as a source for personal advancement and profit, and likely do not care about moving our country forward.
Here are the real facts from MSNBC:
Documents obtained and reviewed by NBC News appear to show that at least four individuals affiliated with the Sanders campaign conducted searches and saved the Clinton campaign’s lists of potential voters over a period of more than 40 minutes.
In a direct response, Clinton’s campaign held a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon to discuss the security breach and what it called “disturbing revelations” about the way the Sanders campaign accessed and handled their “sensitive” campaign information. (Source)
There was no need to make this a bigger scandal than it already was, but a number of “liberal” websites resorted to doing exactly that for web traffic and revenue. That is not only shameful and proof that some liberals are opportunistic media bottom feeders like many conservative websites, but it is extremely harmful to the chances of electing a Democrat to the White House in 2016.
Beyond the lies and the ridiculous sensationalism, there is the fact that some people in his campaign accessed information that they probably shouldn’t have. This isn’t Bernie Sanders’ fault, and while his supporters are rightfully angry, this isn’t a death blow to his bid for the Democratic nomination.
I am a firm Bernie Sanders supporter, but concentrating on this brief media flurry is a detriment to both Hillary Clinton and Senator Sanders. Thankfully, both handled the situation with the utmost professionalism during Saturday night’s debate, though that hasn’t stopped the online battles that continue to be waged concerning the whole ordeal.
Hillary Clinton isn’t inevitable, and we shouldn’t take the misleading headlines from opportunistic websites seriously. I understand his lawsuit against the DNC, but all of this is a distraction from the thing that matters – electing Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.
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