To TV News Executives (at MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS):
Journalists are supposed to be the guardians of democracy, not protectors
of those in entrenched political power.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews recently declared that on Tuesday evening at 8
p.m. Eastern time, MSNBC and other TV networks plan "to announce
that Hillary Clinton has now gotten over the top, that she will have won
the nomination in numbers. It's done."* On Tuesday, voters in
six states -- including New Jersey and California -- will choose between
Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Why is it false? Because unless Clinton defies all polls, she'll
be hundreds of pledged delegates short of the majority and magic number
of 2,383 Tuesday evening. Clinton has earned the votes of roughly 1,750
delegates so far. She won’t be able to reach the delegate majority until
"superdelegates" vote, and they aren't allowed to vote until
July's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Why is it anti-democratic? Because hundreds of thousands of voters
in California and other western states will likely not have voted by 8
p.m. Eastern. Not to mention voters in D.C. who don't vote until June 14.
More than 350 Democratic superdelegates (elected officials, former
officials, lobbyists) had announced their support of Clinton before a
single Democratic primary or caucus voter had cast a presidential vote
this year. At the convention, after superdelegates weigh in, it's quite possible
that Clinton will reach the 2,383 delegate threshold. But not until then.
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower,
Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi
Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James
Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue,
Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
* Shaun King: "TV networks are ready to give Hillary Clinton a
premature victory" (N.Y.