David Sirota penned the now infamous “Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle,” and has been secretly helping Bernie while working as a journalist, then deleted the evidence. Nobody saw that coming.
That’s a name I haven’t thought of in a while.
He blocked us on Twitter for it:
He was in many ways a caricature of the upper crust of the nutroots, the part of the left-wing blogosphere which dwelled at places like Salon.com and (what’s the name of that other place, I always confused it with Salon?).
That wasn’t Sirota’s worst call.
Sirota penned the now infamous Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle:
To top it off, it was just discovered that Sirota has been secretly working for Bernie for months, while working as a journalist bashing Bernie opponents without disclosing the conflict. The Atlantic broke the story:
… Chavez became the bugaboo of American politics because his full-throated advocacy of socialism and redistributionism at once represented a fundamental critique of neoliberal economics, and also delivered some indisputably positive results. Indeed, as shown by some of the most significant indicators, Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of achieving.
Since December, David Sirota has, on Twitter, on his own website, and in columns in The Guardian, been trashing most of Sanders’s Democratic opponents—all without disclosing his work with Sanders—and has been pushing back on critics by saying that he was criticizing the other Democrats as a journalist. He centered many of his attacks on Beto O’Rourke, but he also bashed Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Mike Bloomberg, and even Andrew Cuomo….
Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, confirmed in an interview on Tuesday afternoon that Sirota had been in an advisory role prior to his hiring on March 11. “He was advising beforehand,” Shakir said, explaining that Sirota’s informal work for Sanders goes back months, and was meant to be a trial period to see how the senator, who famously likes to write every word that he says himself, would work with a speechwriter.
Not only that, The Atlantic reports that when it contacted Sirota, he deleted his Twitter history:
On Monday night, after being contacted for a second time by The Atlantic with a list of specific questions about his undisclosed work for Sanders, Sirota did not respond to the email but deleted more than 20,000 tweets. He left fewer than 200 online.
Bernie hiring a Hugo Chavez fanboy who worked as a journalist while secretly helping Bernie bash other Democrats, then deleted the evidence.
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