Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Did Sanders go Trumpian? No, he didn’t

Bernie Sanders. (YouTube)
Bernie Sanders. (YouTube)

Bernie Sanders, his campaign leader and a senior advisor to him have begun claiming that the Washington Post is stacked against him because it is owned by the owner of Amazon, one of the largest billionaires regularly charged by The Bern. However, when confronted by the honest media, they have failed to produce any proof or even hint of such media bias or falsehood. Did Sanders take a leaf from Trump’s playbook? The latter systematically attacks the serious media of being fake and lying.

Some commentators have already claimed that Sanders’ criticism is Trumpian — and dangerous to freedom of and respect for the press and so to democracy. I will show you that the comparison is wanting.

But first, let me say that Bernie obviously was wrong and needs to apologize. The Washington Post staff has declared to be left editorially completely free and independent by its owner, calling his unsubstantiated claim a [baseless] conspiracy theory. There is no reason to assume that they said so because the owner made them say that.

It is understandable that when one is criticized seriously, one quickly feels that that’s unfair. But that’s no proof that it is. Some of the Post’s treatment of Sanders, in fact, may well have been unfair but that’s not the same as being systematically unfair to him. To be able to truthfully say that, treatment of all the candidates need to be compared.

The free press draws attention by being critical and sometimes hyper-critical and negative. That doesn’t make reporting biased of unfair. Although I understand that candidates prefer a long row of softballs on TV that gives them a chance to explain themselves at length.

So, I’m convinced that Sanders’ camp’s criticism of the Washington Post was unfair. That still doesn’t make him Trumpian.

Above all, Trump attacks the press as Enemy One of the people (the pot calling the kettle black) as a strategy and doesn’t try to be factually. He will not apologize for his attacks of the free press because he tries to be tactical, not factual. He’s a known con artist. That is the main reason for scrutinizing whatever he says. (Which is a form of taking him seriously for no good reason. I think everyone needs to shrug at whatever he says or tweets.) On top of that, he’s extremely thin-skinned.

Sanders, on the other hand, is well-known for his integrity. (And I know him for his naivety because he believes Haaretz and bases his anti-Israel idea on their baseless slander.) He’s not used to being torn to shreds and so he assumes unfairness when that happens. And he will apologize.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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