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Bernie’s DSA blacklists Iran media: No change with Biden win?

By Ramin Mazaheri – Press TV – November 1, 2020

PressTV’s motto is to give “voice to the voiceless” and so we have given priority to non-mainstream political groups during our coverage of the US presidential election. We have spoken with socialists, Greens, Libertarians and more, but the Democratic Socialists of America – perhaps best exemplified by failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – has openly blacklisted Iranian media.

After repeated requests, the Chicago chapter of DSA wrote to Press TV that, “The officers of our organization have decided that it would not serve our interests to do an interview.”

This caused PressTV management to contact DSA’s headquarters in New York City to confirm if this allegedly-leftist political group was really enforcing a blacklist on the entire media of an internationally-recognized nation. As expected, no response was given, so – crucially – no denial either.

It is a disheartening policy for a group which openly promises that – if elected in greater numbers – their members will push the Democratic Party and thus the entire nation to an unprecedentedly progressive left.

Take, for example, their most prominent member, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She said as recently as September, “I think, overall, we can likely push Vice-President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues. I think foreign policy is an enormous area where we can improve; immigration is another one.”

That begs obvious questions: How can DSA officials from the national down to the local level make US foreign policy more progressive if they refuse to talk to foreigners and their representatives? Should DSA members get elected or be appointed to public office, their members are willfully ignorant of foreign viewpoints.

Just as worrying regarding the quality of the public service they will provide, DSA cadres are being trained to use a unilateral approach when dealing with non-Americans. Lastly, how authentic and patriotic is DSA if they are not reflecting the values which the average American seems to champion, such as the freedom of the press?

While Americans are days away from voting in their election, Iran’s next presidential election is in June.

It appears critical for Iranian voters to consider that if DSA – the allegedly-leftist wing of the Democratic Party – refuses to engage in normal cooperation with friendly Iranian media, then what is the likelihood that such people are going to truly push Washington’s Iran policy in a more open and progressive direction?

So even if Democrats win next week, DSA’s blacklist raises the question: How could a Joe Biden presidency drastically alleviate the US-led sanction war on Iran?

The Democratic Socialists of America should immediately reform their wrongly-guided decision to blacklist Iranian media. Refusal to do so would be an extremely belligerent policy which only helps to lay the groundwork for ignorance, murderous sanctions, war and anti-internationalism, and by a group which claims to be “Democratic” and “Socialist.”

November 1, 2020 - Posted by | Progressive Hypocrite | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. At the beginning and end of every day — as decent and “progressive/socialist” as he is in the general realm — Bernie is a Zionist, never uttering a word or making a statement without some element/variant of “How will this affect the well-being of my precious Israel?” Even his “principled” criticisms of the Zionist entity are carefully crafted and modulated to avoid crossing…that line.

    This is a superlative and, yes, disheartening in its content, report.

    (Damn — I almost hate to bring this up, but wasn’t it Killary, 10 years or so ago before she went fully beyond the pale, who said something like “What’s wrong with having RT (in a WashDC context, I believe, and rightly so) around? — alternative views and perspectives are not a bad thing.”? I liked her, at least in that fleeting moment. Would that someone today would voice the same sentiment about not only RT but Sputnik, Press TV, and other “refreshing” media sources…for the sake of “spicing up” the Fourth Estate.)

    I think at some level that there is a fear, near-paranoia, among US” elites”: they dread at all costs — even the cost of freedom of speech/expression — allowing any “nose” to push under the tent because they fear that US “democracy” doesn’t have the strength, resolve, resilience, smarts, focus et al to take on anyone/institution that challenges the “exceptionalism” narrative. That’s pretty lame, IMO. What happened to “Bring it on!”? Maybe the throes of a flailing, failing empire…

    Let’s never neglect my final thought here: the specter of Zionism and its hold on the US body politic is always lurking, always omnipresent…and I’d say especially strongly when Iran is in any way involved.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | November 1, 2020 | Reply


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