CNN's Chris Cuomo told Bernie Sanders the other night during a live town hall broadcast, "You've changed."

No, Sanders hasn't changed. He is still the same old hardcore left-wing lunatic he's always been. What has changed is the media's coverage of Sanders since his emergence as a frontrunner in the race for the Democrat presidential nomination.

For decades, Sanders has managed to fly beneath the media's radar while ranting and raving in Congress about one socialist idea or another. No one paid attention to him. He was nothing more than a curiosity who could be called upon to make a daffy remark or two on the Sunday morning talking head shows.

Even during the 2016 campaign, as Bernardo was spewing foolishness about the richest one percent and socialized medicine and free college, he went largely unchallenged because he was never a threat to the anointed one, Hillary Clinton.

Against all odds and predictions, Bernie is back and is a force to be reckoned with. The media has been forced to take a deeper dive into Bernie's past, including his love affair with socialist and Communist strongmen and dictators. The policy ideas that were just gibberish in 2016 have been brought into focus and people are beginning to understand just how dangerous this radical is.

Bernie's insistence that convicted murderers, rapists and terrorists should be allowed to vote from prison is just the latest example of how his ideas are radically out of sync with American values.

Strangely, the others vying for the Democrat nomination feel they have to out-Bernie Bernie in order to be successful. This ought to make for some interesting debates.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.