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  • An Apology

    NCRM published an inaccurate and unfair story today, and we apologize.

    Sunday afternoon The New Civil Rights Movement published an article on Senator Bernie Sanders with a video showing him speaking to his wife, Dr. Jane Sanders, as the two were onstage. The article inaccurately described their interaction, and even incorrectly reported his words. The Senator appeared to say to Dr. Sanders, "Don't stand there," and we reported that as, "Don't stand next to me."

    Worse, however, was the tone of the article. It described the Vermont Senator as a "cad," which we have no reason to believe is fair.

    Even if we had gotten these important details correct, the question becomes, was this newsworthy? In an age where the media – sometimes us, included – breathlessly reports what seems like every comment that Donald Trump makes, and now, nearly every comment that Ted Cruz makes, one might say yes, but I do not.

    This was not newsworthy, and that we suggested it was by publishing it did a disservice to our readers and to the Senator and his wife. For all this we apologize to our readers and to Senator and Mrs. Sanders. We were wrong. Our readers, and Senator and Dr. Sanders deserve better. Again, we apologize, to you all.

    The article has been taken down.

    Readers were, rightly, quick to challenge us, and we appreciate your words. Every comment on our website, on our Facebook page, and every email has or will be been read. It's impossible to respond to them all, so we offer this by way of a thank you, and we ask you to give us another chance with your trust.


    David Badash
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    • commented 2016-03-28 23:17:08 -0400
      Jesus h christ, you are a dick.

    • commented 2016-03-28 23:15:29 -0400
      It doesn’t matter how much you apologize, like all the crap that’s put out there, once it’s out there it’s forever and will be repeated by those whose agenda it fits.

    • commented 2016-03-28 23:03:55 -0400
      Good thing The BlueNationReview is a mouthpiece for Shillary. Nobody believes them anymore except for the readers who have cognitive dissonance.

    • commented 2016-03-28 21:57:26 -0400
      It is PAINFULLY obvious from the look on Mrs. Sanders face that she looks like she was “put down in public” by her husband. Is it the crime of the century? No—but by you being so quick to bend over backwards and APOLOGIZE for noticing that he treated his wife like shit in public, well, it blows my mind. You’re definitely taking a Bros Before Hos attitude here—and it is OBVIOUS and I and others are NOTICING. You really don’t understand how tone deaf you sound, do you? Way to cave to internet bullies—don’t be surprised if people continue to notice when you talk the bullshit talk but don’t actually walk the walk.


    • commented 2016-03-28 13:05:58 -0400
      Okey-doke. ;)

    • commented 2016-03-28 13:00:01 -0400
      Linda Solomon. The words in quotes were taken directly from the article. I require no interpretation. I don’t need it explained away by some idiot trying to sugar coat it. He was 30 years old when he wrote that. Hardly a frat boy. Yes, I will hold him to it. If he, goddess forbid, gets the nomination then I will hold my nose and vote for him, but he still has my disdain. He is, however, less evil than any jackass the GOP will have on the ticket

    • commented 2016-03-28 12:33:36 -0400
      It’s customary to provide a link to something like that, Michelle, rather than just giving your personal interpretation. So here you go, I’ve fixed that for you: http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/05/29/410606045/the-bernie-sanders-rape-fantasy-essay-explained
      And based on some embarrassing things I myself wrote 43 years ago, I could never run for political office today. After all, there’s no way I’m not exactly the same person I was back then. Nothing I’ve read, heard, encountered, or experienced since the early 1970s has influenced or changed me in any way. Oh wait, that does sound pretty silly…

    • commented 2016-03-28 10:55:58 -0400
      You caved. He criticized his wife on national television. He has very little respect for his wife and women in general. He had no respect for women when he wrote an article in 1972 that stated that women fantasize about “being raped by 3 men simultaneously”. He was a misogynist then and he still is. This old leopard still has his spots.

    • commented 2016-03-28 10:17:23 -0400
      As always, NCRM handles this issue with grace and dignity. This is why you guys are so respected.

    • commented 2016-03-28 09:53:41 -0400
      Still shsking my head Scott….GROW UP!

    • commented 2016-03-28 09:30:39 -0400
      You caved because Sanders’ zealots swarmed this page and had a fit. When the story first ran here I was the only commenter who supported the article. The rest of the commenters were Sanders’ zealots and they got their way because they have the numbers. You caved. In one of my comments on the now-deleted article, I mentioned I had been voting since the Bush/Dukakis campaign. (I mentioned that the nastiness of the Bush/Dukakis campaign was similar to Sanders’ nastiness in this campaign.) And one of the commenters alluded to my age and said, “Get out of the way.” Basically, he was saying “we are the millennials and we have the numbers and you’re old so shut up.” And I love how one of the reasons given for taking down the article was that he said “Don’t stand there” instead of “Don’t stand next to me.” That’s like saying he said ‘F—- off’ instead of “F—- you.’” Can any rational person see how absurd this is? It’s clear from the way he said it and her reaction that he just didn’t want to share the stage with her. If he were truly concerned about her safety, he could have been gentle and nice about it. Instead, he gruffly said, “Don’t stand there” as he pushed her aside. He didn’t even really look at her. Believe me, if Obama had done this to Michelle, it would have made the news. But Obama has class and he would never act that way toward his wife. The fact that Sanders’ supporters defend this and you caved in by actually deleting the story and apologizing is frightening. It proves that he has become a religious figure. I will never understand why “feminists” love this guy so much. He has already shown several times that he is very dismissive toward women, but what about his staff? For a man who fancies himself a “feminist,” you’d think he would actually have more women on his staff: Less than 40% are women and NONE of his top ten highest paid are women. Hillary has over 60% women on her staff and 4 out of the top 10 highest paid are women. In fact, the two highest paid people on her staff are women.

    • commented 2016-03-28 08:49:37 -0400
      Thanks for the apology. Too bad you can’t control what other sites did with the story you pulled. I watched the video at Blue Nation Review. If I waved my arms as much as Bernie does when speaking, I wouldn’t want someone standing too close to me for fear I might accidentally hit them.

    • commented 2016-03-28 08:25:47 -0400
      Thanks for the apology and pulling the post. Even if Sanders’ behavior was inappropriate—and that’s not clear from the video—the tone of the article here was unprofessional.

    • commented 2016-03-28 08:19:48 -0400
      Nice of you to apologize, but you should also know that Jane Sanders has a Ph.D., and is appropriately addressed as Dr. Sanders.

    • commented 2016-03-28 01:33:45 -0400
      Thanks for the information about Blue Nation Review posting the video. Their version is cleaned up and it’s so clear that there’s no mistaking Sanders’ rudeness for anything but a form of spousal abuse. This is not the first time he has demonstrated his misogyny.

    • commented 2016-03-28 01:04:04 -0400
      You are disgraceful. Despite your apology, the Blue Nation Review has picked up the story, & is spreading it far & wide. You should go on TV & issue a retraction & apology. What a lame excuse for journalism.

    • commented 2016-03-28 00:08:50 -0400
      Shame on you for caving to the Teflon candidate. It is clear from Mrs. Sanders chastened attitude that he was indeed being rude. I think it speaks to the man and tells us that we will find out a lot more in the unfortunate event that he becomes the general election candidate—-like who else does he treat like dirt and where is that son who never appears by his side on the podium? Neither he nor his followers have ever apologized for flooding every single comment site on the Internet with the vilest insults to Mrs. Clinton.

    • commented 2016-03-27 23:48:08 -0400

    • commented 2016-03-27 23:28:44 -0400
      You did not need to apologize and you should not have. I saw the video and he indeed was pushy and a cad. You caved.

    • commented 2016-03-27 23:22:13 -0400
      I wonder what video Scott Soares saw. Certainly not the one referenced in the article.

    • commented 2016-03-27 22:14:01 -0400
      Thanks for the apology – nicely served. I agree with Jay Jonson’s comment though. Your truly misleading headline and ensuing “news story” about Clay Aiken was so disappointing and worthy of an apology as well.

    • commented 2016-03-27 21:56:35 -0400
      On my way to join up here I saw that stories ‘tag line’ and almost read it before joining but I decided to join 1st then check the story. Before I could get back to it, it was removed! That’s a good sign…I hope.

    • commented 2016-03-27 21:14:53 -0400
      What a bunch of cowards, with no guts to stand behind the story. Well the video shows what a cad he is.

    • commented 2016-03-27 20:32:35 -0400
      Steven Fowlow, re-read story. Pulled for inaccuracy first.

    • commented 2016-03-27 20:07:49 -0400
      Thank you.

    • commented 2016-03-27 19:58:55 -0400
      Thank you for taking the high road. Bernie’s road! 👊

    • commented 2016-03-27 19:56:39 -0400
      Well-done. Feels good, doesn’t it?

    • commented 2016-03-27 19:38:06 -0400
      How sad this token apology is. It’s an example of the worst kind of pandering there is.

      You are a fan of Bernie’s so to suck up to his campaign you retract a story underthe guise of “not newsworthy”…… All at the same time you berate people on the conservatives side for doing the same kind of pandering.

      I don’t recall Fox or Megyn issuing an “apology” to Trump. They may be wrong on almost every issue, but at least they have the courage of their convictions, which is more than what I can say for you. Spineless jellyfish.

      For the record, you have inaccuately reported dozens of stories. Where is the apology for them?

    • commented 2016-03-27 18:53:43 -0400
      You should also apologize for the unfair story about Clay Akin you published last week.

    • commented 2016-03-27 18:39:29 -0400
      Apology accepted, David..
      We all make mistakes.

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