Bernie Sanders has been fighting an ongoing battle, in terms of media coverage.
For quite awhile, the press failed to acknowledge or report on the large crowds Sanders’ campaign has drawn as he’s traveled around the U.S. (even in classically conservative states).
However, more recently, it appeared that the press can no longer simply ignore Bernie Sanders. In the fall, Sanders appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) as well as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
And when Senator Sanders began to draw crowds of over 20,000 people in cities like Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon—it became even more difficult for the media to turn a blind eye towards these numbers.
Then, in the September 28th edition of Time magazine, Bernie Sanders made the front cover!
With Time being a well-known, reputable periodical this was a victory, of sorts, for Sanders supporters. The article was called, “The Gospel of Bernie—the man who brought fire back to the democratic party.” The article covered Sanders’ recent visit to Liberty University—which is notable, as it is a private, and notoriously conservative Christian university—as well as Sanders’ desire to spark a “revolution” and essentially transform the democratic party and re-make American politics.
And as if being a Time magazine cover story wasn’t enough—Time also recently ran an online poll for their traditional “Person of the Year” recognition—and guess what?
The results have now been revealed and Bernie Sanders has won the “Readers’ Poll” for “Time Person of the Year!”
Senator Sanders won the Reader’s Poll, taking the majority of people’s votes. The closest runner-up was Malala Yousafzai, who only received just over half of the amount Sanders did. All the others trailed with 3% of the votes or less—see the full results here.
Mind you, this was the Reader’s Poll—that is, the “people’s choice.”
Even though Bernie was the clear choice of the people for “Person of the Year,” he was not selected by Time to be on the short list of the eight final contenders.
Did you just vomit in your mouth a little bit? Because I did when I saw those names on the list.
Confused, I asked my husband: “Vladamir Putin? Isn’t he kind of a d*ck?! Why the heck is he on this list? Not to mention Trump?”
Most influential, eh? Hmm, well—clearly not any sort of a positive influence, in the case of those men.
But in all seriousness, it seemed like a bit of a snub that Sanders was the people’s choice for Person of the Year, yet he didn’t get selected as one of the final eight contenders by the magazine’s editors.
Regardless, the people have spoken, and they #FeelTheBern.
Bernie Sanders continues to gain momentum and support—Clinton’s popularity is steadily declining, while Sanders’ steadily increases. Those upcoming first primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire will be quite important, in terms of momentum.
Be sure you are eligible to vote for Bernie in your state—here’s how to check.
As for the officially appointed winner of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award—it will be announced this coming Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show.
Author: Yoli Ramazzina
Photo: Flickr/AFGE; author’s own.