Independent senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders has released a plan to protect independent journalism and end the consolidation and corporate control of media outlets. His plan includes ending federal approval of major media mergers, giving employees an opportunity to have ownership in news outlets, increasing funding for local and independent news and strengthening antitrust regulations to stop tech giants like Facebook and Google from “cannibaliz[ing], bilk[ing], and defund[ing] news organizations.” Sanders notes that President Trump’s assault on the press has further threatened the media landscape.
In other news about Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator picked up his first labor endorsement from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. The group also backed Sanders’s run in 2016. Sanders recently announced his “Workplace Democracy” plan, which would seek to double union membership, bolster collective bargaining, end right-to-work laws and protect worker pensions.