ICYMI: CNN Called MLK Jr a Socialist and Said Socialism Was 'Cool'

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Posted: Jan 16, 2018 9:35 AM
ICYMI: CNN Called MLK Jr a Socialist and Said Socialism Was 'Cool'

CNN likes to pride itself on getting its facts first. They like to remind their viewers daily with that tiring apple/banana commercial. 

They did not live up to the mantra when they published the following tweet/news piece about late civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the piece, author John Blake compares King to modern day Democratic socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who galvanized Millennials in the 2016 presidential election. Many of King's policies square with the themes young people today flock to, Blake argued.

King called for universal health care and education, a guaranteed annual income and the nationalization of some industries.

He was a big supporter of unions, and while there was no Fight for 15 campaign to raise the minimum wage during his time, he once said even menial workers should make enough "so they can live and educate their children and buy a home and have the basic necessities of life."

As you can imagine, not everyone agreed with CNN's biography - both that King was a socialist and that socialism is somehow "cool" today.

I wonder if Venezuelans agree with the network's suggestion that socialism is "cool." Last we checked, Venezuelans were starving under the oppressive system. Matt has been covering the tragic conditions. For too long now, citizens have lacked access to medicine, food, soap, toilet paper, and other necessities. Children are dying from malnutrition. 

Ask Blake, the author of the "socialism is cool" piece, and he'll say socialism has nothing to do with it.