Former Dem pollster says media has become the enemy of the American people

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On September 21st, Pat Caddell, a former Democratic pollster and analyst said at the “Accuracy in Media” conference:

I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.

Here’s the crux of it: “It is one thing to bias the news, or have a biased view. It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.

This is tragically evident with the death of a US Ambassador and a subsequent cover-up.

“We’ve had nine day of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this. Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers. If a President of either party—I don’t care whether it was Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton or George Bush or Ronald Reagan or George H. W. Bush—had a terrorist incident, and got on an airplane after saying something, and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified! It would have been—it should have been the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina” moment. But nothing was said at all, and nothing will be said.”

He pointed to a recent Gallup poll that showed a full 60% have LITTLE or NO confidence in today’s media. As he continued his speech, he said:

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece which was called “The Audacity of Cronyism” in Breitbart, and my talk today is “The Audacity of Corruption.” What I pointed out was, it was appalling that Valerie Jarrett had a Secret Service detail—a woman in the White House is a senior aide with a full a Secret Service detail, including on vacation, and nobody in the press had asked why. That has become more poignant, as I said, last week, when we discovered that we had an American ambassador, on the anniversary of 9/11, who was without adequate security—while she still has a Secret Service detail assigned to her full-time, at a massive cost, and no one in the media has gone to ask why.

And again:

Peter Schweizer has done a study talking about corruption. Sixty percent or 80%—it’s closer to 80% I think, now—of the money given under the stimulus to green energy projects—the President and this administration’s great project—has gone to people who are either bundlers or major contributors to Barack Obama. But nobody says a word. Of course Republicans don’t raise it because they just—in Washington, they simply want to do it when they get back in power, so they won’t raise it, and, of course, the press doesn’t because they basically have taken themselves out of doing their job.

He concludes with this:

The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power. When they desert those ramparts and go to serve—to decide that they will now become an active participants—when they decide that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people.

Wanna watch it yourself? Here it is:

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2 Responses to “Former Dem pollster says media has become the enemy of the American people”

  1. Richard Warnick Says:

    In true Faux News Channel tradition Pat Caddell omits a whole host of relevant criticisms of the media and the Obama administration. Where is the coverage of Bradley Manning’s trial, for example?

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