Bernie Sanders has been around politics for a very long time. In many cases this can hurt a candidate, as there are always plenty of old television clips of them saying things decades ago, which they and their potential voters may no longer agree with.
For Bernie Sanders, however, a 30-year-old clip of him discussing the environment, does the exact opposite. A 1989 C-SPAN interview of Sanders has resurfaced thanks in part to CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski.
In the clip, which shows that Sanders was ahead of the times, the current 2020 presidential candidate is seen arguing in support of a national discussion to combat climate change, among other environmental issues.
There’s a 1989 C-SPAN interview where Bernie blasts the media for not covering climate change, “the greenhouse effect.” pic.twitter.com/9uXk2qh8re
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 5, 2019
“We face, as all people know, an ecological crisis at this time — whether it’s acid rain or the destruction of the ozone layer, the greenhouse effect,” Sanders said in the C-SPAN interview from Feb. 3, 1989.
“One would think that the CBSs and the NBCs of the world would be doing prime-time specials on these programs, having different scientists talking about the issues, involving people in understanding what’s going on in terms of our planet,” he continued. “They don’t.”
Sanders then goes on to suggest that the mainstream media has failed to report on climate change, and other key environmental issues because there is no demand by viewers to hear about such.
“I would say that we’re not going to bring about serious political change in this country until we deal with the media, which more and more is being swallowed up by large conglomerates,” he said.
Here we are 30 years later, Sanders is a major 2020 candidate for president, for the second time, and climate change is a key focus of his campaign.