Locals “feel the Bern” in Sacramento — local media silent except for KVMR, YubaNet

(Matthew Margulies' Facebook page)

(Matthew Margulies’ Facebook page)

Nevada County residents “felt the Bern,” along with thousands of others who packed Bonney Field in Sacramento to hear presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak. Except for KVMR and YubaNet, the local media — which never hesitates to cover tea-party rallies in Sacramento — was silent.

KVMR aired Sanders’ speech for its loyal listeners, as YubaNet reported. The real-time reporting was on Facebook, as locals’  pages were lit up with images, comments and videos from the rally. Some locals were within “iPhone range” of Sanders, showing him speaking in their Instagram images.

“Very energizing night! So many people of different faith, sexual orientation, color, race… Beautiful yo feel the Bern!,” said one local businessman. “We got here at 2 p.m., so we are really close,” added another nonprofit leader.

“I was there. It was epic,” said renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser of Nevada City on Facebook.

“Seas of people at the Bernie rally,” wrote Skyler Bond, who is a district 1 local delegate for Sanders, traveling to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Skyler showed enterprise, raising some of the money ($1,432) for his adventure in a crowd-funding campaign.

He made a compelling argument: “As a 19-year-old and a first time voter, having the chance to serve as a delegate on behalf of my favored candidate is really meaningful and an excellent opportunity. Furthermore I believe it is of the utmost importance to get more young people engaged in the political process.”

It would have been an ideal opportunity for The Union to “share” the posts from the locals who attended the Sanders’ rally on its own Facebook page. Another missed opportunity to broaden the newspaper’s core demographics beyond “conservative,” “aging” and “declining.”

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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13 Responses to Locals “feel the Bern” in Sacramento — local media silent except for KVMR, YubaNet

  1. Don Pelton says:

    Speaking of millennials, here’s an extremely optimistic view:

    “The Millennials spurned Hillary in 2008 because they were craving a true change candidate — and Obama promised to be that. But in the end, the change he could deliver wasn’t enough. And that’s why this generation is going, overwhelmingly, for Bernie Sanders, whom they see as sitting entirely outside the corrupt party system that made it impossible for Obama to give them the goods, unbeholden to Wall Street, uncontaminated by party cronyism, unfiltered in the media — someone who seems to be entirely their own. This is what their candidates look like — and are going to continue to look like for the next several election cycles.

    “Given that the youngest 15% or so of the Millennial cohort is still too young to vote, it’s not clear that the Millennials will get their revolution this year. My prediction above that they’d dominate our elections by 2020 was based on the fact that that’s when the very tail end of the cohort — the ones born in 2000 — will all have reached adulthood, putting them finally at their full political strength. Whether or not they show up for 2016 is also complicated by a few other factors … “

    From: “What We Know About The Progressive Future, Part I: Here Come The Millennials

  2. lapinkster says:

    I heard a brief report about the rally on Capitol Public Radio this morning. I attended a rally for Bernie on Sparks, Nevada, when I canvassed there just before their caucus. It was inspiring and electrifying!
    I couldn’t go yesterday. I was hosting a meet and greet for Heidi which was also inspiring!

  3. Thank you Jeff for this report!!! Bernie is going to win in spite of the lack of MSM reporting because of the power of the Internet & reporters like you!!!

  4. depelton says:

    One report estimated the crowd at Bonney Field in Sacramento at over 21,000:

    “Somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people were estimated to have been packed inside the stadium, with more than 10,000 more continuing to wait outside”

    From “Media Silent as Bernie Sanders Packs California Stadium Beyond Capacity

  5. Matthew says:

    Yes! I was energizing no doubt!! Thank for reporting it Jeff!

  6. Bert Wheeler says:

    Jeff don’t forget all the State of Jefferson “bravo sierra ” nonsense that is front page news.Wow

    • jeffpelline says:

      I’m hopeful that the new publisher can turn it around. The last one fell into the same trap as the others. It takes some fortitude to stand up to the “good old boys” mindset, but it will help the paper grow. At some point it becomes “do or die.”

  7. brucelevy says:

    “I’m hopeful that the new publisher can turn it around.”

    If he was going to do that he wouldn’t be Swift’s boy toy. Nor would he have risen to his level of incompetence (see “Peter principle”). Swift isn’t important enough to have individualists and thinkers among their ranks. Only drones with little depth and less conscience.

  8. jeffpelline says:

    Bruce,
    Todd thinks we’re the same person. It just goes to show you that you can’t fix stupid.

    • jeffpelline says:

      What a hoot! Juvinall lets the sock puppets run his blog but he states this:
      “GeorgeR, thanks for booting these sorry people from your blog. Obviously they are not brave enugh to post their real names so the world can see what idiots they are and the tactics they use to demean others. Good! Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 11 May 2016 at 01:47 PM”
      What a sorry excuse for a grown man.

    • brucelevy says:

      Haha priceless. Perhaps anyone who sees through his lunacy must actually be the same “one” person, because only “one” person could see him as the lunatic he is. Everyone else thinks he’s just fine.

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