Is CNN Out to Derail Our Revolution?

AJ Calhoun
5 min readApr 8, 2018

Gregory Krieg is the one who doesn’t get it.

Jackson MS Mayor Chokwe Lumumba applauding a comment by Bernie Sanders.

On Sunday, April 8, CNN’s Gregory Krieg posted under CNN’s banner an analysis headlined “Sanders and Harris Crossed the Base. What Will it Cost Them?” In the piece Krieg, who is either grossly ignorant about the principals in his article (including, especially, Jackson mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba) and Our Revolution, or he is seeking to break up the “base” he refers to by trying to discredit Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, by — especially in the case of Sanders — statements made by the two in separate appearances last week, Sanders in Jackson, Mississippi and Harris in Sacramento, “…created headlines that could stalk them for the next two years.” Krieg went on to say that “[to] call their comments gaffes or blunders misses the point.” Krieg went on, in greatly alarmed tones, to note that Sen. Sanders had called the Democratic Party’s “business model” a “failure,” and then saying “ “People sometimes don’t see that, because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama who won the presidency in 2008 and 2012. He [Obama] was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But behind that reality, over the last 10 years, Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country.”

So far, nothing false, nothing counter to Our Revolution’s philosophy, no blaming of Obama for having perhaps bent peoples’ perception of the Democratic party, but simply placing Obama’s extraordinary and unique status as a US president in the middle of that observation, where it most certainly belongs.

Krieg then went on to write of Sanders that “… his mention of Obama — at that time, in that place — caused anger and frustration in some already skeptical quarters of the Democratic base, particularly among those who argue Sanders’ insistence on framing inequality as a chiefly economic matter, with racial concerns existing downstream from that core divide, effectively downplays the fight for racial justice.”

Krieg does not specify whom or in what “already skeptical quarters of the Democratic base” he refers to — and he needn’t, because it goes without saying, and it is not the same “base” as those who hew to Our Revolution, but rather the Clintonian neoliberal old school DNC base which still steams with resentment that Sanders et

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AJ Calhoun

Writer, activist, novelist, sixth generation DC, local historian-storyteller, and 1:1 patient care technician five days a week.