The "breaking story" first came from Tim Murphy via Mother Jones (a supposedly "left-wing" media outlet): How Bernie Sanders Learned to Be a Real Politician: A portrait of the candidate as a young radical. In yesterday's newsletter from Mother Jones, they also featured this story as their "headliner".
So now we know that, besides NBC Universal (NBC, MSNBC, etc.) and The Huffington Post, Mother Jones is also routing for Hillary Clinton. (Tim Murphy is a senior reporter at the Mother Jones' DC bureau.) So far, he has Tweeted his post about Bernie at least 12 times over the first 2 days. Now THAT'S what I'd call self-promotion — and it seems to have worked. The taking heads at CNN and Fox were also discussing his article yesterday.
Of course, conservative websites also picked up the story too...
MRCTV writes, Sen. Bernie Sanders' Essay: Women 'Fantasize About Being Raped' -- "It is unclear where Sanders acquired his early expertise on male and female sexual desires. But what is clear is that had Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines — even 40 years ago — the media wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks."
MRCTV's about page says they are "designed to broadcast conservative values [and] liberal media bias". Below are the ads that were run at MRCTV in the article about Bernie Sanders.
The National Journal (conservative) responded to MRCTV: Let’s Not Crucify Bernie Sanders for His Sexual-Fantasies Essay -- "Sure, the Democratic party would crucify a Republican for the same offense. But they shouldn’t. A society in which people are drummed out of politics for things they wrote 43 years ago is an ugly society indeed. Sometimes the best way to address hypocrisy is to take the high road. This is America: land of second chances. This is a place of redemption and of reinvention and of continual learning. Nobody honestly believes that Bernie Sanders is a sexual pervert or that he is a misogynist or that he intends to do women any harm. Nobody suspects that he harbors a secret desire to pass intrusive legislation or to cut gang rapists a break. Really, there is only one reason that anyone would make hay of this story, and that is to damage the man politically." (The author of the article complained in a Tweet that the National Journal came to Bernie's defense.)
Newsbusters (conservative) also responded: "Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in February 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women. In an article entitled "Man -- And Woman," published in an alternative newspaper called the Vermont Freeman, Sanders spun his theories...But "freakish" Bernie Sanders? Don't count on the networks going there...unless Hillary Clinton's advantage really evaporates. Even then, no elite journalist would let Bernie's unique sexual theories cloud the "progressive" image of the Democratic Party on women."
Hot Air (conservative) wrote, "According to various psychological surveys conducted over the past 40 years, somewhere between 31 and 57 percent of women confess to having rape fantasies, with the true number doubtless higher given the reluctance of some to admit that they’ve had thoughts like that. A survey published last year claimed that 29 percent of women had fantasized about being forced to have sex while 60 percent of men had fantasized about “dominating” someone sexually. Should any of that stop us from wringing every drop of political pain for Democrats from this? No. No, it should not."
But sadly, it seems the "left-wing" media would like nothing more than to destroy Bernie to benefit Hillary — and will gladly do the job for the "right-wing" media.