“What Bernie Sanders is pointing out is not—and he never said it was—a ‘conspiracy,'” Solomon wrote. “The problems are much deeper and more pernicious, having to do with the financial structures of media institutions that enable profit-driven magnates and enormous corporations to dominate the flow of news and commentary.”

In a segment on her show “Rising” for HillTV, Krystal Ball said “it’s kind of hard to make the case that a lot of the mainstream media is fair to Senator Sanders when you just take a look at their coverage.”

Sanders expanded on his critique of the American media in an email to supporters Wednesday night, noting that it is “no shock to me that the big networks and news organizations, which are owned and controlled by a handful of large corporations, either barely discuss our campaign or write us off when they do.”

The senator continued:

Sanders went on to challenge Trump’s “outrageous remark” that the media is “the enemy of the people,” noting that it “has the purpose of undermining American democracy.”

“The truth is, a knowledgeable and informed electorate is essential to a working democracy, and the work of journalists in this country and abroad is absolutely critical to our communities and to maintaining a free society,” said Sanders. “It is my sincere hope that we can spend more time talking in-depth about the issues facing the working people of this country and less time covering the latest scandal or political gossip.”

“It is my sincere hope,” Sanders added, “that we have a more serious discussion about the real pain working people, the elderly, the sick, and the poor are facing.”

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