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Sanders takes the Democratic National Convention by storm  


Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders giving a defiant speech in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. In his speech, Sanders said in part, "Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – our revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.Photo by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest July 26, 2016


Newscast Media PHILADELPHIA—Unfortunately this journalist was unable to cover the Republican National Convention due to the conflicting messages that I was sent in regard to credentials. Turns out that my credentials were approved by the Secret Service and the RNC, but by the time it was confirmed, the convention was underway, and I had already committed myself to other endeavors that required my personal attention.


With the DNC, their approval process was fast, giving me three full weeks to plan, unlike the RNC that sent me an approval a day after their convention had started, making it impossible for me to attend at such short notice, after giving me the impression that "space limitations" were an impediment to granting me credentials. Nevertheless, my credentials for the RNC sat on their desk unclaimed, therefore, I now bring you coverage from Philadelphia, the venue of the Democratic National Convention.


The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia on Monday July 25, 2016, with obvious indications  that Bernie Sanders still held clout in this election cycle. Having failed to contain Sanders in the primary, Democrats are fearful of a revolt by Sanders and his following that could end up catapulting GOP nominee into the White House, should Bernie Sanders' supporters decide to stay home.


Yet the biggest mistake Democrats are making was evident throughout yesterday's speeches that always made it a point to constantly mention Donald Trump, and by doing so,  are unintentionally keeping the "buzz" around him alive, and also in the news cycle. Democrats need to focus on a  wisely-crafted message to voters, other than the "Vote for Hillary because she is a woman," mantra they keep repeating.



The Democratic National Convention stage being set up—Photo by Joseph Earnest


While Sanders owned the night, Michelle Obama delivered a message attempting to market Hillary Clinton as the best choice, between Clinton and Trump.


"...This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.  (Applause.)  And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton..."Michelle Obama said.



In her speech Mrs. Obama said, "I want someone with the proven strength to persevere.  Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously.  Someone who understands that the issues a President faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.  Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions.  You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed."Photo by Joseph Earnest


 A mural painted on a wall in downtown Philly depicting jazz musicians.Photo by Joseph Earnest

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