Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), slammed the mainstream media for not containing the legislation.
Sen. Sanders said in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for the $ 3.5 billion Build Back better legislation – and the need to lower prescription drugs, expand Medicare to cover dentistry, hearing and vision, significantly improve home health care, make child care and housing affordable, Paid establish family and Medical leave and address the existential threat of climate change. And the polls are becoming astronomically high when people understand that this $ 3.5 billion bill will be paid by demanding that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of the tax.
Yet the poll also shows that despite the fact that President Biden submitted this proposal five months ago, a majority of Americans have very little knowledge of what is contained in this bill – one of the most important legislation for working people in our modern history. country. Americans can be for the bill. They may be opposed to the bill. But it is absurd that so many of them do not know what is in the account.
Why is this? There are a number of reasons, but at the top of the list is the reality that the mainstream media has done a particularly poor job of discussing what is actually in the legislation. There are endless stories about the politics of passing Build Back Better, the role of the president, the conflicts in the House and Senate, the opposition of two senators, the size of the bill, and so on. – but very limited coverage on what the provisions of the bill are and the crises for working people that address them.
The foundations of American democracy are threatened not only by extremism, but by ignorance and lack of knowledge. It is difficult to ask people to have confidence in their government if they have little understanding of what their government is trying to do. Build Back Better is an extremely important piece of legislation. The American people have the right to know what is in it. My hope is that general media will fulfill their responsibilities and make it happen.
The media only showed interest in the drama
The media has only shown interest in preparing drama around the Build Back Better agenda. They did not cover in detail in the legislation. Rather, it is about playing out the angle of Democratic infighting. They never bother to mention that the Democrats agree on the agenda and drill down the numbers because there is drama in it.
The White House, Democrats and progressive people like Senator Sanders were there every day explaining to the Americans why Build Back Better is essential, but the media showed no interest, which is why so many Americans remain uninformed.
Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Officer and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focuses on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
Awards and professional membership
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association