Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac poll conducted on January 12.
49 percent of likely Democratic Caucus participants back Sanders while 44 percent favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday The Nation, a weekly magazine self-described as “the flagship of the left,” announced it is formally backing Sanders.
“This magazine rarely makes endorsements in the Democratic primary (we’ve done so only twice: for Jesse Jackson in 1988, and for Barack Obama in 2008). We do so now impelled by the awareness that our rigged system works for the few and not for the many,” write the editors.
The Nation Institute Linked to Ford Foundation
The magazine is associated with The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media organization funded by the Ford Foundation, which has specialized in creating cultural fronts for the CIA since the 1950s.
“At a time when government over-funding of cultural activities by Washington is suspect, the FF fulfills a very important role in projecting U.S. cultural policies as an apparently ‘private’ non-political philanthropic organization. The ties between the top officials of the FF and the U.S. government are explicit and continuing. A review of recently funded projects reveals that the FF has never funded any major project that contravenes U.S. Policy,” writes James Petras.
As Bob Feldman writes, the “multi-billion dollar Ford Foundation’s historic relationship to the Central Intelligence Agency is rarely mentioned” by it collaborators, including The Nation Institute, Democracy Now, FAIR, Mother Jones and other media outlets on the establishment left.
The Nation Editor is a Member of the CFR
The Nation is published and edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Vanden Heuvel and The Nation target the financial elite and yet she is an heiress to the Music Corporation of America, the predecessor of NBCUniversal (and successor to Universal Studios and Comcast). Her father was deeply embedded in the establishment as a member of the Kennedy administration. Vanden Heuvel was part of a group of investors—including Alan Sagner, the former chairman of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Peter Norton of the software company Norton Utilities—who bought the unprofitable magazine from investment banker Arthur L. Carter in 1995.
The editors of The Nation write about Sanders and his pledge to break the “stranglehold of corporate money” and his promise to launch a “political revolution,” and yet The Nation is at the center of the left establishment and the Democrat party. Its editor is a member of the financial elite’s CFR and is from a corporate and political class family.
“Sanders’s clarion call for fundamental reform—single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, the breaking up of the big banks, ensuring that the rich pay their fair share of taxes—have inspired working people across the country,” they write.
If Sanders is nominated he will follow in the footsteps of Barack Obama—who promised to end the wars (and expanded them) and instead of reforming healthcare delivered it on a silver platter to transnational insurance corporations.
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