The values of our tribe: Last night, speaking with Anderson Cooper, Bernie Sanders got it right.
This almost never happens on cable. Asked about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, here's what Sanders said:
COOPER (12/5/18): Joining me now is Senator Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders, thank you so much for being with us. Why do you think the president won't admit the crown prince was involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi?Have 85,000 children (been) starved to death in Yemen? From way back on November 22, here's the relevant news report in the New York Times.
SANDERS: Well, I think the president, sadly enough, has a great fondness for authoritarian-type leaders around the world, whether it's Putin in Russia or Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, or other authoritarian leaders.
Second of all, it is possible that the president, himself, through Trump enterprises, may have some financial dealings in Saudi Arabia.
But Anderson, I think I agree with, you know, what the other senators have said, what Graham and the other senator, Corker, have said. But here is the more important point.
What MBS did, and what the Saudis did, to Jamal Khashoggi is unspeakable and an absolute disgrace. But I will tell you what is even worse, which we don't talk about enough, is what the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen has done to 28 million people in that country, all right?
Khashoggi's death was terrible. But in the last three years, 85,000 children have starved to death. And according to the United Nations, you got millions of people who are facing imminent starvation. There are 10,000 new cases of cholera breaking out every single week.
And the resolution that I authored along with Senator Mike Lee and Senator Chris Murphy which I hope will come up tomorrow or next week, we got it out of committee, basically says that the United States has got to end its participation in this horrible, destructive war led by Saudi Arabia.
The most interesting part of Sanders' statement was this: "We don't talk about [this] enough." Perhaps more accurately, we don't talk about things like this at all, not even Over Here within our own self-impressed tribe.
When that Times report appeared, it rated one single passing remark on MSNBC programs from 5 PM through midnight.
(Those are the only programs MSNBC transcribes. The one remark occurred on the November 21 Hardball.)
When a Senate vote about the Yemen war occurred on November 28, three MSNBC shows gave the matter of the mass starvation a mention (Lawrence, Chris Hayes, Hardball). Meanwhile:
As we reported a few weeks ago, Yemen simply doesn't exist on the Maddow Show. The utterly pointless, past behavior of Spiro T. Agnew does.
We keep insisting that we're the good people. Tribal enthrallment is like that.
Let's take a look at the record: According to Nexis, Yemen has been mentioned on the Maddow Show only two times this whole year (August 15, November 19).
In each instance, Yemen was mentioned in passing by one of the top program's guests. Stating what is blindingly obvious, these are corporate values at work.
Discussing Agnew is pleasing and fun. Big stars are paid millions to do it.